Thursday, 27 March 2008

Re-anchoring America to its true moorings.

From even as far away as way down here , Trinidad and Tobago, we have observed with awestruck wonder at how Barack Hussein Obama has galvanized the ordinary people, then, many others, of the USA, to get involved in, or refresh their thinking about and attitude towards, politics and the role of politics in their daily lives.

It's my view that what BHO has done is to carve out a new niche in the American political landscape, one to which I've already alluded, CONVERSATIVE politics, which, also in my view, is what the Pilgrims who came on the Mayflower had in mind when they struck out in 1620 from the oppression of English life.

Those who landed at Plymouth Rock were ordinary folk: not a single aristocrat was among them, neither any men of the cloth. Not surprising, therefore, that, under the rules by which they decided to conduct themselves, Plymouth's Mayflower Compact, their elected leaders were required to abide by the same rules as those who were not so elected.

Thus, in keeping with the terms and conditions of the Compact, Plymouth's leaders never saw themselves, or were seen, or permitted, by those whom they led, to weild whatever power they weilded, except by the consent of those whom they led.

In other words, the original Plymouth community is the closest thing to a democracy that America had even seen, since 1620.

Until now! Until Barack Hussein Obama appeared, that is!

Not surprising, then, that we, in Trinidad and Tobago, await, with bated breath, the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America.