A day of rejoicing for the empire
By Gaither Stewart
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Nov 6, 2008, 00:23
November 5, 2008 -- �Today we�re all Americans.� As they did after 9/11, those same
incredible words echoed from the pages of France�s Le Monde this morning.
day after, media of France and Italy (and assuredly of the rest of the world
except Israel and a couple client dictatorships) competed with each other in
praise of American democracy where �anything is possible.� The race barrier has
fallen. Honor to the USA.
non-Americans, the French press writes, Obama�s victory reflects what America
has long meant for the rest of the world. President-elect Obama is a return to
America�s origins. The renewal of a promise.
16-page Lib�ration Edition Sp�ciale of the morning after, Laurent Joffren began
his editorial with these words: �Finally hope! Please, for one hour, for one
day, let�s don�t act blas�, prudent skeptical. After this already historic
November 4, let�s admit that we were all taken with a sense of happiness. For
one hour or one day, let�s allow enthusiasm speak that which is spreading
across the planet. . . . It suffices to imagine for a moment the opposite
outcome: a stiff, conservative senator flanked by an ignorant mystic taking
over for four years the brutal policies of George W. Bush. A moral nightmare, a
political horror film.�
it�s the realization of Martin Luther King�s dream and the burial of the Reagan
era. For European media in general, the fact that a black can become president of
the USA makes that nation again great.
all it is a sense of relief.
writes: �Only Satan would have been worse than the Bush regime. Eight years of
hell are over after the great American soap opera . . . the most scandalous,
dramatic unpredictable and the most expensive electoral campaign in US history.�
Day, I realized I personally had heard no European who favored John McCain. No
one. Paris�s Lib�ration, a leftwing daily, predicted in advance that American
whites would vote Democrat as never before. In Italy, only Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi, his cronies and supporters are disappointed, and certainly
fascinates both Left and Right in France. Le Monde described Obama as a
�brilliant candidate, intelligent, elegant, handsome, sincere and never
aggressive,� qualities French admire. A political analyst from Sarkozy�s UMP
(Union For A Popular Movement -- Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire)
concentrated his attention on Obama �the brilliant actor� who understands that
the secret is to make of politics a spectacle, a show. �Obama�s organization is
almost military. Political analysts in Paris refer in admiration of Obama�s
trademark, his brand name, and a prerequisite for success in modern politics.�
Sarkozy�s staff labels Obama�s electoral campaign �an �inspiration.� With the president�s
popularity falling and next elections in 2012 already in mind, he has been
studying Obama�s electoral campaign as the model for French conservatives.
European stock markets on election eve reflected the elation and expectations
pervading Europe, pervading the empire. Already on the day after, cold
realities returned as markets fell back. Europeans note that the economic and
financial crisis riddling America imposes profound change. Just as Americans,
Europeans realize that life in a paper economy must end. Laissez-faire and
eternal debt have reached the limit. Socio-economic life without limits is
beyond the realm of reason and possibility.
election of an African-American to the White House marks a social change, a
welcome message to the rest of the world, it also unlocks and throws open the
door to discussion of the question of the future of capitalism as we know it.
Gaither Stewart, Senior Contributing Editor for
Cyrano�s Journal/tantmieux, is a novelist and journalist based in Italy. A
longtime student of Russian culture he maintains particular interest in
developments affecting Russia after the overthrow of Communism. His
essays and dispatches are read widely on many leading Internet venues. His
collections of fiction, Icy Current
Compulsive Course, To Be A
Stranger and Once In Berlin
are published by Wind River Press. His recent novel, Asheville,
is published by Wastelandrunes,
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