How do you feel about the outcome of the U.S . Presidential Election?

Hope and transformational changes - Butterflies represent metamorphosis and change. Just as butterflies go through a number of changes before they grow wings and fly...so do humans. I chose this photo because the outcome of the presidential election on November 4th represents transformational change...and it has given me and many others...HOPE!
Canada
November 5, 2008 9:56pm CST
Greetings friends...hope all is well with you and yours. As usual our life and business ventures have kept me busy with no time to visit friends in Mylot Land and I miss being here. However, with the changes that the elections brought about I could not resist posting a discussion on the outcome...and how you feel about it. Like many of you David and I have been watching the outworking of the Presidential Election from the North Side of our two bordering countries for months. When I heard Fox news be among the first to announce that Obama was the new President elect I was both amazed and thrilled. I have valued friends from this community who were not thrilled at the prospect of having Obama as President and I respect their views. However, I hope we can have some respectful dialog about what his win represents from a deeper and broader perspective than "polarized party lines." What I am sharing here...is just my perspective...and I encourage others to do the same hopefully without any ruffling any feathers. So here goes...how do I feel about the outcome of the U.S. election? In one concise word...HOPEFUL. For the first time in many years what the American people did in this election reminded me that the "power of the people" is still something that is alive and thriving. Yes, there are undeniable global problems that we all need to be mindful of. But even in the fact of two wars, downturns in the American economy and environmental concerns like never before this election represents HOPE to me...and I know many others as well. I also feel grateful to be alive and present to such a history making event. Seeing people from all over the planet clapping, cheering, jumping up and down give renews my belief that we are all a part of this One Song called life...and what affects one does have a ripple effect on the "all." This election confirms that belief for me on a grander scale than I have experienced before. As many have said whatever the energy was...and I trust will continue to be around this man called Obama...it appears that it is bigger, deeper and broader than just another election. There is a new energy within the young people who came out to vote for the very first time. The percentage of woman voters was higher. Even though by his own admission Obama said he was not the most likely candidate...he won...against the most daunting odds. So in summary I feel the outcome of this election and the gracious speech that McCain offered a reminder that "anything we can conceive...and believe...we can achieve." Hopefully we will all be reminded of that and apply it in large and small ways in our own lives. If we can truly build bridges instead of walls of prejudice, judgments...perhaps the HOPE we feel now will translate into more positive outcomes for everyone across the planet. I leave you with one of the things David and I try to live by...in openness there is trust...and in trust there is love. It is my sincere hope that the American people will continue to set an example to the rest of the world that it is possible to put race, age, gender, culture aside and look for the good of people...from the inside out. Quite a momentous day for everyone...everywhere...at least that is how I feel about the this election. I included a photo of a butterfly and a hope collectible that sits on my desk because it seems appropriate. Butterflies represent transformational change...and that is what this election represents to many who see it that way. How about you? How do you feel about the outcome of the Presidential Election? What do you "see" in this change. What would you like to have happen in the weeks and months ahead? Do you feel optimistic...or not? Why? Whatever your response I Anyway, look forward to chatting with you if you care to share. Best regards, Raia
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
6 Nov 08
Hello Raia Long time no hear from you. I have not followed the election at all... and I don't know anything about Obama and its policies. What I will say... is that it is one of those very rare elections... where Obama became a popular vote. It is a vote by the people. And a large percentage of those votes would be for the color of his skin... rather than for his policies. Now the question is... Are the USA ready for an African-American president? The people who voted for him obviously are... But what about the white rednecks holding the real power? The oil barons, the high brass in the army and CIA? What about the Jews... who own half of America's wealth? Let me tell you... the Jews would be really worry now... about losing America's support for Israel. Kennedy was also very popular. Remember him? Then we have something even bigger... The world financial crisis... with all the shades and colors of the great depression of the 1930's. Why do you think that every government is rescuing the banks? To prevent what happened in the 30's... when everybody rushed to get their savings out of the banks. In an immediate reminder meanwhile of the grave economic crisis that Obama will inherit when he is inaugurated in January, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 496.29 points on resurgent fears of a deep recession. What did happen after the great depression of the 30's? Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has blamed the United States for the world's problems and announced new missile deployments in Europe, calling on incoming US counterpart Barack Obama to mend Washington's ways. Mr Medvedev rounded on the United States for ills ranging from the global financial crisis to the recent war in Georgia, in a state-of-the-nation speech that was watched intently by his mentor Vladimir Putin , and omitted mentioning Mr Obama by name. "The economy of the United States dragged down with it into recession the financial markets of the whole planet," Mr Medvedev said. I will let you make your own mind about all this... But for my part... I am not going to celebrate anything.
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• Australia
6 Nov 08
"Even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century," Obama told 240,000 people gathered at a joyous victory party here late Tuesday. Well... you can forget about saving the planet. That was going to take trillions of dollars to fix... And the world is bankrupt.
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• Australia
6 Nov 08
The Russian leader went on to announce the deployment of Iskander short-range missiles in the western Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders US allies Lithuania and Poland, in response to US missile defence plans. For the Russian leadership, "relations between Russia and the United States are so low at this point and the problems so deep there are hardly expectations that relations can improve," Ms Lipman said.
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• Australia
6 Nov 08
I'll tell you another thing that nobody is talking about. The billions of dollars spent each year by every country in world since 2001 for security and anti-terrorism measures. Add to that the trillions spent in Irak. If all that did not contribute to the financial crisis... I don't know what did. The world don't go bankrupt because a few thousand people cannot repay their mortgage.
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@bestboy19 (5481)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I voted for McCain so I, of course, was not happy with the outcome; but I'm not devastated because I thought we were going to get a crappy president no matter who was elected. There is something I don't understand about the people who voted for Obama. What is this HOPE and CHANGE that has you so encouraged? What are you expecting from it? I'm not seeing either one and I wanted to know what it is that you are seeing.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi and thanks for sharing your perspective on the discussion. Sorry you feel that your country was in a lose-lose situation with "crappy presidents." Interesting viewpoint. The HOPE that many are seeing...and what I do to is the fact that the number of people from all ages that came out to vote is rather unprecedented in all walks of society. The enthusiasm and commitment to change crossed all age, gender, racial and cultural barriers. In my view that kind of participation shows that people are not resigned or defeated and are willing to back up their talk...with action. They wanted a change and showed they were willing to get out, stand in long lines to wait...and eventually VOTE. Action and commitment are what creates changes...and in my mind that creates hope. The hope and enthusiasm about change is that 40 years ago Martin Luther King talked about "having a dream" where there would be less racial barriers and greater opportunity for ALL people regardless or the color of their skin. He talked about worth being about the "character of the man" rather than his color. The ground breaking realization of this realization is that the American people showed they are ready to break down more barriers and work together to resole the many problems that were created in the past 8 years. So...bestboy..that is what I am seeing...HOPE and CHANGES that have already occurred. Raia
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@bestboy19 (5481)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Thanks for answering. Now, what were the problems of the last eight years?
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
What were the problems of the last 8 years...hmmmm where shall I begin? Well, here goes... ...First up. The administration's "misinformation" about the threat of weapons of mass destruction and leading America and (Canada) into a war that was based on untruths...and no one in the current administration has been held accountable. ...Telling the Americans that the money from the oil fields would fun the war...and 8 years later the economy has tanked and America has debt into the trillions of dollars..another "mis-truth, misrepresentation, misinformation"...or whatever. ...As if that isn't bad enough that debt is owned by China and Japan. If those countries decided to foreclose on the loans it would create an even further downturn in the economy...in your country and others as well. ...The fact that America's finances have been compromised by feeding the voracious appetite of the industrial military complex is affecting health care for citizens who most need it, education...and...and...and. I think you get the problems there. ...How about the state of the economy and the recent government bail out? You don't see that as a problem that is also effecting the economy and will for some time. ...Then there is the problem of the rising fuel costs and how that is creating unemployment and that is leading to problems within the social system. ...People losing their homes because of rising costs of EVERYTHING...because the U.S. is heavily in debt and their economy is declining...yet another problem that was created in the past 8 years. ...When Bush took office jobs were plentiful, mortgage rates were much lower than they are now...and the budget was balanced. What a change in 8 years. Maybe you do not perceive any of the above as "problems" and that is fine by me. This site is about sharing "perspectives" and I have offered mine to you. Raia
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I think ya know how I felt a little let down but then of course there is HOPE that every thing wil work out in the end and also Mc cain said he would help all he can so that should be good too. now is a time to wait and see how the outcome , comes over the next 4 years!
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
I thought about you when the news came through that Obama had won. My hope is that Obama and McCain will be able to put their talents, knowledge and ability to work in harmonious ways that will benefit all American citizens...and improve relations in other countries. As you say...now is a wait and see period...let us envision good things! Good to be back in touch...sleep well signing off now. Be back tomorrow to continue this very interesting discussion with you and others. Wrap yourself up in angel wings and dream of you know who! (smiles) Raia
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Nov 08
yes would be real good for them to work together maybe that way things can get turned arounbd faster. Oh I did wrap the wings hugs and blessing
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Good to know those Angel Wings continue to keep you safe and cozy. I appreciate what you have said though and all eyes are on the President Elect and how he is conducting himself. Hopefully none of us will be disappointed. Good to be back in touch...chat soon my friend. Raia
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
6 Nov 08
To tell you the truth, I don't have alot of feelings about the election. I do hope that Obama turns out to be a great President. We need something good to happen for our country, for the world. I have been way too busy trying to keep my head above water and make a living. I am on my own and times are tough. I have been getting serious about my selling on ebay. These last couple of weeks have been super slow. Today has been a better day, I am so hoping with the election over with now, people can get back to normal. Our gas prices have come down, I hope they stay down. Times are hard right now. Obama sure has lots of work to do, I do wish him all the best. As for do I feel optimistic, I live my life that way, the Law of Attraction. I have to be optimistic, I might not have lots in my glass, but I do know its at least half full. Its always nice to see you stop by and have you share your "Perspective" on things. Take care.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi Polly...thanks for your input. I always appreciate it. Hearing about your struggles reminds me that amidst all the hoopla, hope and promise of the election it will not change things for a lot of American people in circumstances such as yours. Whatever good that may or may not come from the change in administration will take time...and a lot of hard work in many areas. As Obama wisely said...it will be a steep climb...but considering that just 8 years ago America was not trillions of dollars in debt and the economy was strong perhaps it will be possible to turn things around...through time. In any case I sincerely hope things improve. With your views about on the Laws of Attraction I trust that your innate optimism, caring heart and genuine ways will attract more of the good you so deserve. Great to be back and sharing ideas with you. Big hugs to you my friend. Raia
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@jend80 (2068)
6 Nov 08
wow - very powerful post
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
6 Nov 08
The lady likes to make us "think".
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi and thanks to both of you for your positive feedback. Yes, getting our "thinkers" going is something I enjoy because many of your responses have the same effect on me. I appreciate you dropping by jend80...and of course I love you my buddy Polly. How are you? Hope all is well...things are good with David and me...as we have our first snowstorm of the winter. Cheers, Raia
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
I owe it in part to Raia for sharpening my "thinking" faculties, training my thoughts and articulating what I write here!!
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@evanslf (485)
6 Nov 08
What is the hope and change I see in Obama? By the simple fact that he has been elected, I hope that this will help immeasurably race relations in the US, and also the world. It won't of course solve all the problems, but hopefully the election of Obama will help heal many old wounds of the past and show people that they can achieve anything should they try. However, for me, the main hope is that we will now enter a period of rational commonsense government, where policy is decided upon in a logical and not 'faith based' way. That policy decisions are empirically decided upon and not based on someone's gut or on the appeal to the lowest common denominator. So for me, having an intelligent and wise President in the White House would be a real change and perhaps at long last we can have some more sensible policies coming out of there. That said, I think it important to point out that people should realise that Obama is a politician, not a Messiah. And so therefore, my hope is tempered by the likelihood that there will be disappointments on the way: I hope of course that Obama will behave honourably in the Whitehouse, will tell the truth and not spin as all the other incumbents have done, but I know he is a politician and all too often spinning and deceit has gone with the territory (look at Blair and Clinton for example, they brought much hope but in the end they left office as tarnished individuals). So though I hope Obama will be truthful, honest and do the right thing without fear or favour, whether that will happen we will have to see. But at least I can reasonably expect some more rational policy making over the next 4 years which will begin to fix the mess, both foreign policy wise and economic, that we are now in.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hello Evanslf...and thank you for an insightful and thoughtful addition to this topic. The hope and change I see in Obama? The hope comes from the fact that a country that was divided by racial prejudice for 200 years have reached a point that a percentage of the people were willing to give up the way things were...to "hopefully" have things the way they want it. 40 years ago Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech...and against daunting odds...some of that dream was realized on November 4th. From my perspective anytime ANYONE shows the rest of us that belief, perseverance and a solid action plans creates positive change...that provides a model of hope for others. I also think that anytime a segment of the human race raises the bar...it is a win for everyone else. That kind of a statement brings change...and and often provides hope. In watching the outworking of this election someone commented that it felt bigger than just a new administration. The dynamics of Barack's ability to win this election is something many doubted...and yet it happened. It is a reminder to each of us that what the American people did was look for opportunity...not guarantees. They recognized there are growing problems in American and the ripple effect around the world and they chose to rally themselves and ACT. That action plan created a change...and for me that provided a measure of hope. Where it will go from here is anyone's guess. Having said that I also share your cynicism about the political arena overall so we are on the same page there. I also agree with you views about not creating policy based on faith based thinking. In Canada government and religion are kept separate and I am grateful for that. Nor have our people and leaders allowed the government feed the industrial military complex the way the U.S. has. Your parting words about hopefully having a new President and administration that will think more critically mirror my hopes as well. It would be great to see them do some long term thinking and planning about the cause and effect of choices they make in the moment. Will it happen...as you have said only time will tell. Great input...I enjoyed reading it! Raia
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@evanslf (485)
7 Nov 08
Your welcome! And thank you for posting such a thoughtful discussion thread on Mylot - not often that we see one of those!
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
Ah...what a lovely thing to say. Thank you very much as well. It is a pleasure to chat with someone like you for me too! Look forward to our next chance to share ideas. So long for now. Raia
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@rsa101 (18649)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
This is a much better response for the change that is to come in the coming year. I think America needs more people like you kind of thinking. I have been reading a lot of negative post about what had just transpired in your country. Despite the overwhelmingly results that have transpired people still thinks that American Voters voted stupidly as they say. Well I don't think so with the support that Obama get even from outside of the US I really don't think that Americans have chosen stupidly but wisely. It is really a time for change in leadership and you have chosen what you think is best for your country and I admire that too. Your election just went on very smoothly and without any problem like we are doing it in our place. I would say our election in here is just very chaotic and full of protest here and there that the results are so much delayed before a winner id declared.
• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi and thanks for your feedback and updates about what others are saying about the outcome. Just to let you know I am a Canadian and live in a small town about 26 miles from the American border. However, my spiritual beliefs involve principles of peace, love and a respect for differences and in my view that is what this election stated...whether the opposing sides see it that way or not. We are all entitled to our opinions and I really do appreciate hearing yours. Thanks for dropping by.. Raia
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@rsa101 (18649)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
I thought you were US citizen, sorry about that but I am glad that your outlook about races is not like those that I read in here. I also am reading some US Citizens that are just as open as you are and I am just as happy to see those post than the negative ones that say it's the end of the world or the voters voted stupid. Those kind of people just don't understand what the real meaning of "Democracy at work" or "freedom of Choice" or "Majority Rules". I am actually happy how the US elections did go since there was no violence at all and the counting went on smoothly but then reading some negative posts in here is just disappointing that still there are those that think otherwise.
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@calicot (256)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
I think the peoples (Americans) view of Barak's promises with some extent to withdrawal of troops in Iraq is the reason that he won. Many critics would argue that it was a stupid vote,yes, maybe from a capitalistic point of view it is. Maybe like in the past Americans are getting tired of war, not that it's unpatriotic to even think off rather it's a bold decision. And I guess Obama's POV justified and strengthened the peoples' voice for change. I'm a Filipino but I do believe that it is a time for change for America. Not to insult or give racial discrimination intended here, just my personal opinion but if an African American president thru Obama can deliver what he promised where then would it then tell that, from its long history of struggles for recognition, African Americans can do the job better in the first place? The last time I believe that America will change was when Clinton became president, many may argue, but the man did his best intentions and the world did believe too. Hopefully, Obama can make the difference too, if he hasn't already.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
All well and good, but do you realize that all the media wanted Obama as president? And why is it when a part black man wins, it signals hope for the nation? It is like saying "we need help, where is the black man who can save us?" The election was a shoe-in because no one, unless they happened to read all the information on the net about Obama- knew what he was really about. Besides I feel that if you did not straighten up or the economy straightened up before, it will not straighten up now. So does that mean, that the man in the white hat only can change us if he is black? And what if the change is not what you want? Do you want to pay higher taxes? Do you want to lose your chance to adopt another child because abortion is now on demand? Look at Obama's records, just do not listen to his pretty speech, read what was said from the Republican, not just the Democratic side. If he had good in him, he would follow the Ten Commandments, and he should have told Rev. WRight what he was preaching was wrong, but he did not.
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• India
6 Nov 08
Indeed, it is historical win in its true sense! I have never seen my fellow countrymen so enthusiastic and engrossed in an election that is so foreign to us. Well done!
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hi Metrobelle, I appreciate hearing your views on this. If you don't mind me asking who are your fellow countrymen? I haven't been Mylotting for awhile and do not believe that we have chatted before. Like you, I was really amazed when I saw video clips of people jumping up and down and clapping from different parts of the world. Whatever Obama's election represents to people...it is having a far more positive than negative rebound effect. Let us hope it continues! Raia
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@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
hi there Perspectives, Nice question! First of all, I really do agree and happy about the outcome of the US election. I think that Obama really deserves to win and that he might really lead this new era to a new step towards change
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hello Twowizdom... Thanks for your positive feedback about the question and adding your perspective here. Your views echo mine...and I think many of us are truly of the same mind. Perhaps he truly is the man to lead America into a new era...and create a positive ripple effect that will benefit everyone else of the planet. I have often thought about leaders who would discuss problems rationally and pool their resources and talents to work them out. Maybe it is the idealist in me...but it sure beats living with a hopeless/helpless pessimistic outlook. Works for me...and from the sound of it you too! Cheers, Raia
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I must admit that I am happy that Obama won. I am hoping that all of the people in the Nation will come together and work together. I am hoping that my reassurances to those who were afraid of Obama's presidency will be proven to be correct... that we as a Nation will be better off for him being elected. I am in agreement that his election was in part due to the need for the people to have hope. We have for the last eight years been fed a steady diet of fear and quite frankly the majority of the American people are tired of it. I, for one, was also very tired of having to constantly be in the mode of protester of yet one more infringement of our Constitutional rights and liberties and the seperation of powers that should exist in government, at one more attempt to destroy the natural world which we are supposed to conserve for future generations, at one more attempt to war, at one more attempt to conceal information from and to lie to the American public, etc. It has, for me, and for many other people, been a difficult eight years. I heard the rhetoric from the McCain-Palin camp, researched and saw the many lies they told about Obama, heard Rush preach discord and rage and conflict for his own monetary gain and got very disgusted... I was very glad to cast my ballot for Obama. I am seeing that it was a vote not just for hope, but an affirmation of the opportunities available to all people in the United States if they work at it; a vote for the importance of education for all groups in society rather than a vote for Joe six pack ignorance; a vote for community involvement over apathy; a vote for the whole of society rather than just for the top 5% of the wealthy who would benefit most under the other candidate's economic plans; a vote against the flawed trickle down economics and over-privitization which results always in cost over-runs and increased deficits and a vote for more relief to the middle and working classes who need it most; a vote for transparency in government rather than the over-classification of information we saw under Bush; a vote for a calm, measured and calculated planning rather than an a reactive response; a vote for uniting of people rather than the further fragmentation of people into red and blue and us and them (I still have hope here); a vote for reapproachment with the world community instead of further aggressively maintained isolation, hostility,and fear... a vote for bridges instead of walls when dealing with other world leaders (realizing that both sides in any conflict have their own histories, needs, cultural imperatives and wishes which need to be heard and understood often prior to engaging in effective negotiation... Obama's willingness to negotiate with even our enemies was a good thing as it, I think, will tend to reduce tensions and to decrease aggression and will help perhaps to stabilize the world community more than a leader with a more hawkish disposition would, in my opinion.) a vote for someone who taught Constitutional law and who probably likes the Constitution of the United States enough to really mean it when he says: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." This will be a great thing as our current President seemed not to respect the Constitution especially the 1st, 4th and 6th Amendments. I am beliving that Obama's view on the Constitution is more in line with mine as being a living document which responds to the changes in society (such as the development of the internet, etc.) and that it has a need of present day context and history in addition to the original words of its signers. I find that this view gives us more rights and liberties than the strict constructionist view that is held by some of the more recent appointees. I am hoping for more balance on the Court as if those who are presently old enough to retire are more liberal in their views and also more protecting of the individual rights of people to be free from oppression as opposed to the rights of the government to oppress the people and to invade privacy,etc.
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• Canada
14 Nov 08
Hello again, I have been working with my hubs on developing content for our web page and do not have as much time to be here right now. However, after checking in and reading your comments I wanted to reply and have an opportunity to chat with you more. I will also be responding to your other response on the critical thinking discussion. I wish we could assign more than one best response...because I would have have given you mine again. It is such a pleasure to share ideas with you because I respect the way you think. You are an excellent writer and as I have said before...present your ideas so well. That is why your positive feedback about my work touched me deeply. Having those kind of kudos from a fellow reporter and journalist means a lot.I sincerely thank you. There is another parallel in our career path David and I are life coaches and have a personal development company called Fresh Beginnings and have been working together in the field since we met in 1990. Anyway, on to your views of the election. I will be referring others to your response because I value your perspective on the past administration...and your hopes for the new one. Excellent and very thought provoking! I will be dropping by your site more to share more ideas. I look forward to having your valuable input on other Perspectives topics. You bring a lot to any discussion...and it is great that we have connected. Warm regards, Raia
• United States
11 Nov 08
Hello Raia! I was thrilled to see Barack Obama elected. It seems that the world was thrilled about it too. When I saw the news the next day I was delighted to see so many people from around the world celebrating.
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• Canada
11 Nov 08
Hello dear Butterfly friend of mine. I haven't been around as much earlier this year because of our personal and professional commitments. Now that winter is here I hope to have more time to stay in touch with valued friends like you. Hope all is well with you and yours. Thanks for dropping by with your positive and enthusiastic response to this discussion. Your observations are similar to the way I felt when I witnessed so many people cheering in support this change in administration...and Barack Obama's victory for people of all races. Take good care...big huggers and well wishes coming your way. Raia
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
Hello, my friend...hope you don't mind a comment from North of the Border! Canadians are extrememly affected by the outcome of your election, as is the rest of the world, so we have to leave the outcome to the majority of our brothers & sisters in the U.S.A.....so we laden you with a heavy burden...when you vote, because you are such a powerful leader...you are voting for many, many others, not in your country! You cross many borders! I would like to take this time to tell all of our US friends that we are extremely proud of the "voter participation" in your history making event! And so, I think, in retrospect..you had two VERY good candidates that were able to spark interest in just about each & everyone of you! Hat's off...& congratulations! Cheers!
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• Canada
11 Nov 08
Hello Pergammano, First up..you are not the first to assume that this discussion was posted by an American. Actually I am a sister from the North to the Americans as well. I guess it surprises a lot of people that a Canadian would discuss feelings about the election..but I did. In my view of things I live with a spiritual belief about the interconnectedness of all things within the One Song we call life. Consequently what affects American society directly or indirectly has a ripple effect that is felt far and wide. As a neighboring country the cause and effect of their choice making often affects what goes on with us and that is why I was curious about how people from Mylot Land felt about the outcome. The responses have been quite diverse and very interesting to read. Your view were great as well and I thank you for sharing them. They echo much of how I feel as well. Like you the voter participation did remind all of us the importance of doing our civil duty by casting our votes. Many do not have the same privileges and democratic rights that we do on both sides of the border. Yes, there is much to be happy about the up side of this election...even though many view it is a downside. Yes, perspectives...and we all have them. Raia
@Pose123 (21666)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hi Raia, It is good to see you back, as you already know I love your discussions and look forward to them. I agree with you that there was something different about this US Presidential election. While I have great respect for John McCain, It had been clear for some time that Obama had more going for him than any Candidate for the job in recent years. There is something about Obama that seems to draw people to him. The other big story of course is that the US has shown the world what the power of the people really means. In electing Obama they have said that skin color does not matter and it is what's inside that really counts. I think that all Americans, whether they supported Obama or not, should be very proud of their county for this. Obama, for his part has shown that it is possible for anyone to achieve anything they set out to do. I'm sure that even four years ago the majority would have told him it couldn't be done but they had forgotten that there is a "magic in believing". I believe too that his election holds out hope not only for America but for much of the world as well. I know that there are great expectations for this man but I hope people realize that change cannot come overnight. For those who supported McCain I can only say that I hope you will take a page from his book and accept the outcome with the same grace that he did. You supported a great and experienced man who at another time would have won handily. I feel very optimistic and feel that this may well be the beginning of a new era. Blessings.
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
Ah...you always give me a warm "feather fuzzy" with your welcoming remarks. It is great to have a loyal supporter of Perspectives discussions like you. Sometimes I feel a little uncomfortable that all I can do is comment to my discussions...and do not drop by to visit with others on their home pages. I hope to be able to do more of that as we move into winter. OK, now on to your reply. The observations we share about the energy and charisma in and around Barack Obama is outstanding. He also is to be commended for organizing such a profoundly well oiled campaign. His people skills and being able to connect with everyone he meets on a deeper level is also something notice about him. I also like your views about the "magic of believing." David and I have learned from personal experience that "anything the mind can conceive...and believe...it can achieve." As you pointed out that has certainly proven to be true in what Barack Obama overcome to get where he is today. It is my wish as well that the McCain camp will put their disappointments aside and throw their support to this new administration. We live in a global community and what affects one country can and does effect others who are intertwined. Even though David and I are Canadians and could not vote...we were...and still are supporters of the new President Elect. We, like many others are hoping that this will herald in a new area...one that will bring affirmative outcomes to all citizens of planet earth. Goodness knows with all the challenges we are facing...I think we are all ready for more peace, love...and hope. Wonderful addition...thanks for sharing it. Love, light and hugs, Raia
@twallace (2675)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I was totally happy about it and thought through the whole race that he would win. It had nothing to do with his color. He was just the presidents people like Kennedy was when he got elected. This was a great day for all people in the US. There are going to be plenty that will disagree with me on that too. Yet they will have to deal with it. The same way the dealt with Bush running the economy in the ground. Before he left office, now Obama has to do his best to try and situate the issues that plague this country. There is going to be those that will not see anything that he does right. But they have to remember that it was the people that voted him and there he will stay till the end of his first term. He might be the eye opener that is needed to mend issues that the US have right now with other countries. They embraced him as well and that is a plus in his corner too. So we have to wait and see what will happen once he is sworn in. And you can believe that all eyes will be on him to see if he makes it or breaks it.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hello and congratulations at almost breaking the 3,000th mark with your credits. I appreciate your balanced view of the election. Those of us who are happy about the outcome know that they are many who are not. As one member pointed out here it was great to see the good old American spirit back...and hopefully that will hold. They have a lot of problem solving to do...and need recovery time after the mess the Bush Administration left for Barck to clean up. It was good to hear that he admitted that it was going to be "a steep hill to climb.' Have to keep realism in amongst the hype...and that he did. I am sure you have nailed it with pointing out that there are many that will frown on most anything he does. It would be nice if everyone would "get over themselves" and work together for a change. Whatever the outcome I know you are right about all eyes being on him...and like you I hope that during the next 4 years he "makes" more than he "breaks." Good input...thanks for presenting it. Raia
@littleowl (7157)
6 Nov 08
Hi perpesctives, I will admit I haven't paid an awful lot of attention but do know that Obama is now your president and am glad for you all, he's young new ideas new thoughts etc etc, I think he will help your country back on its feet...because he is black I should think he will also address the racialism too and try to get all colours and creeds on the right footing..though it will be a hard job...I wish you all luck in this new presidency....hugs littleowl
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hi Little Owl, I appreciate hearing from you as always. Just a little reminder I am not an American. David and I live in the province of Manitoba in Canada. Prior to meeting him I had no interest in politics whatsoever. However, during our many discussions over the 18 years we have been together I have come to realize that the political arena has an effect on everyone when foreign policy is involved. Through this process my consciousness was raised that my innate belief about the cause and effect of choice applies to politics as well. Soooo having said all that I have taken a real interest in politics...and being that Canada is America's neighbor what goes on there has a bearing on things in our country as well. So thanks for the vote of confidence...and I will take it because like many others across the globe many of us are pulling for the new president and hope that his policies will improve things...for the "all." Fun chatting...I responded to your PM and will look forward to hearing back from you. Cheers and huggers back! Raia
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I'm thrilled. I voted for him and he is the first winner I've picked since Bill Clintoin LOL Seriously, I think America and Americans have been bogged down in fear ever since 911 and I hope that this bright new historical presidency will pull us all in and give us all back that old "I can do anything, I'm an American" spirit. There has been a huge smear campaign against President Elect Obama (has a nice ring, doesn't it?) and it will probably take a little time for some Americans to see that he was never the left wing crazy that he has been painted. Given time, I think we can all rally round this guy.
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@wujinbo (341)
• China
6 Nov 08
whatever the rusult will be .it is outcome now. good to know the man.he is gracious in defeat.you are right,who can have the ability to make the country improved and let the people live happy life,and he is a good president. whoever he is ,and his background ,his skin color,he will do this ,he will be in our mind .obama can do it well,and mccain should appriciate his friend.so it is good to know he is the man.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Hello Wujinbo, Thank you for dropping by to share how you feel about the outcome of the election. Yes, McCain's speech was classy and gracious. Like you I hope that both parties will pool their resources and work together to resolve the many problems that the Bush administration created in America and beyond. The fact that Obama has been willing to take on the daunting challenges that America is facing is admirable. I hope that he will be successful in achieving even some of his goals in the next 4 years. Time will tell. Raia