Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The media have their new messiah - but now what?

So Obama has become America's first black President. Congratulations to him for what is a momentous achievement, but now he has to deliver on the huge expectation he has created during his campaign.

The trouble, despite the huge worldwide coverage given to him and his campaign, nobody actually knows what his policies are. Oh, I know he has promised to withdraw, gradually, from Iraq - but the USA was doing that anyway. I know he has promised to cut taxes for 95% of Americans, but when, how and for how long?

All we've had from Obama - and to a lesser extent, McCain - is rhetoric. The promise of change and hope has been enough to persuade people to vote in their droves for him, but what, exactly, is the change going to be? Nobody knows. What is the hope and expectation based on. Nobody has asked.

Make no mistake. This has been a victory for the worldwide liberal media. From the way they have pilloried Bush to create a starting base from which the Republicans had little hope of recovering - to the way they have accepted the Obama promise of change with virtually no scrutiny of what that change means.

The Democrats hold the Presidency and, by all accounts, will also control both houses. So Obama is now an all powerful President with virtually no checks or balances to hold him to account (which is why I am fervently opposed to an elected Upper House here). It's going to be a bumpy ride for the next four years in the USA - I hope they can come through it OK, but I have my doubts.

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