Corruption in American politics is endemic and legendary yet last night we saw again that the American people can still do the right thing. The mighty conglomerates and corporate Titanic's despite their wealth, power and willingness to deceive and lie, to use character assassination and foul tactics lost again to the ordinary people. The contrast could hardly be more stark a multi millionaire with a ruthless streak who once said " I like being able to sack people" a religious fundamentalist who would take women back a couple of hundred years without blinking while making life richer and easier for the wealthy while punishing the poor. Romney lost to a black man from Chicago's South Side called Obama, America has shown the way, again.
There are those who will say with some good reason that a Democratic White House and a Republican White House are not so different and if you look at the rich and powerful they will still be there but; oh how much worse it would be with Romney, this election showed up the different philosophies of left and right in America like no other in my memory. Right here in 20 12 I learned from US TV that in New York City before the storm there were 50,000 people homeless and before Obama there were 40 million Americans without health cover as well as 2.4 million people in prison, more than any country in the world, if this is the greatest country in the world what the hell are the others like? Yet America remains our great hope because it is still "new" still the great melting pot and there is still the chance that when it eventually stabilises in perhaps another hundred years or so it will be the beacon of democracy and equality which it has always promised to be. The re election of Obama and everything that means particularly the symbolism that inevitably attaches itself to that re election is massive and unavoidable. The more Americans see it and learn that in the greater scheme of things "it's a giant leap for mankind" the more hope for the future there will be.
The USA's own 'Captains and Kings', particularly Trump (he of the flamboyant "Irish Jig") is furious of course and demanding civil disobedience to get rid of Obama, despite all their great power and wealth he could not buy the American people. What a contrast that is with his effortless triumph when he dealt with Salmond and the snp Scottish Government over his Golf Course. "Jump said he and "how high" said a whimpering forelock tugging Salmond. Donald knows a spineless shyster when he sees one and Wee Eck dutifully rolled over like a friendly wee Scottish Terrier to have his tummy tickled by the great man. How Donald must be wishing that the Americans were as supine as the snp and their leaders who did everything but salute and curtsy when he graced them with his presence, oh and of course his great wealth, what a bunch of "Bengal Lancers"