Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls

Surprisingly, it was a close race at least in the popular vote, but in the end, the electoral college made it’s choice clear. The interesting tid-bit – while we wait for the dust to clear – is the difference in the popular vote versus the difference in “EC” votes. (At time of press) Popular votes differed by 6% while EC votes differed by 34% for Obama. What does that say about the EC and this whole process? Was the population accurately represented by the electoral college?

It is time for change. It’s time for America to change, time for government to change, time for the way the world views America to change. Now comes the really hard job: keep America solvent, bring to an end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and find solutions to American dependence on foreign oil. Do all of that while not raising taxes is going to take a miracle.

Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls – NYTimes.com
Published: November 4, 2008
Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

So today, the day after the election, I’m struck with the question: where will we go now? Actually, I have several questions. If you are a (dare I say right-wing) cynic, you might wonder if the U.S. will become socialist. Will the “welfare state” (the link uses police state) grow because minorities think a minority in the White House will favor them? If you are an optimist, you might wonder if Obama will encourage (read require) everyone – especially minorities – to rise to the occasion – empowering them to move out of the welfare state.