I heard an interesting series of discussions on the radio this morning. Through all the fog of political spin, a few things seem to be coming clear:
- The two campaigns are a lot closer than the Obama landslide polls indicate.
- More than a few people being polled are deliberately lying.
- The general mood amongst the Left seems to be that an Obama presidency and a majority in the House of Representatives and Senate is the best thing for America. Hey, they hate Bush and Palin and to a certain extent, McCain, so there's little doubt that a massive wipe-out of the Republican Party this election cycle would give them all more than a few tingles up their legs.
- America will for a long time be viewed as a kinder, gentler, smarter country.
- Barack Obama will solve many of the problems facing the world today, both internationally and domestically.
- Previously hostile nations like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and others will now patch up all their differences with America - an international kumbaya, if you will.
These days I'm reading Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt. I'm at a section right now where, in great detail, he focuses in on how Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the USSR systematically exploited weaknesses of all of his neighbors and took them over, one by one. In most cases, any individuals who spoke out against this were summarily imprisoned or shot.
One of the few countries he was scared to go after was Yugolslavia. Why? Because it had an equally ruthless leader name Josip Broz Tito. Though the two dictators were linked idealogically, they both wanted power for themselves. In the end, nothing else mattered than control.
Great lessons before, during, and after World War 2 have applicability today but those on the Left seem to think that we've evolved beyond needing to pay attention to such historical events. If they're right, wunderbar. If they're wrong, God help us.
I'm convinced what this election will come down to is how many Americans will enter the voting booth believing that Obama is the path to a new age for America (and the world) vs. how many will enter believing that mankind will always be consumed with hatred, jealousy, and fear.
Corollary: Should the Democrats get the supermajority they're seeking, who do you feel Barack Obama's greatest nemeses will be and why?