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A new era

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published November 10, 2008

We're now in a new era. Just as I felt a new, sad vibe after 9/11, so I feel a new optimism from everyone I encounter since the election. We are now hopeful for a country respected abroad and at home. We believe we can base our policies on diversity, not narrow-mindedness.

The movement that swept Obama into office is as old as our nation. All are created equal. Liberty and justice should be available to all. We must close Guantanamo Bay, withdraw from Iraq, forge a new path with North Korea and Iraq, protect our national parks, expand health care availability, bring defense spendingunder control, keep higher education affordable, and make K-12 education effective.

Let's look at how Obama won Youngstown: in the city, Obama received 23,613 (83%) votes to McCain's 4,763 (17%); in Campbell, 3,248 (78%) to 909 (22%); in Struthers, 3,578 (70%) to 1,546 (30%); in Canfield, 2,196 (47%) to 2,469 (53%); in Austintown, 12,487 (66%) to 6,466 (34%); in Boardman, 13,306 (59%) to 9,391 (41%); and in Poland, 800 (49%) to 822 (51%).

Overall, an impressive local and national win. There are still partisans among us, but Fareed Zakaria makes an effective argument that voters today "see their government as predatory and corrupt." Zakaria encourages Obama to stress innovation and suggests that if Obama is effective, future polls will find more self-identifying progressives, if the nation sees the next administration "attacking predatory policies and corruption, from the left and the right."

What are your highest hopes or fateful fears for an Obama administration?


1valleyred(1102 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I will be interested to see how Obama does. He made history and he should be proud of it.

A few things.
-I'm not worried with Obama being President, I am worried about Pelosi-Reid getting whatever the hell they want passed through congress and signed by Obama.

-Cutting the defense budget 25% would be the dumbest thing this country could do.

-Pulling out of Iraq NOW when we are so close to victory may be even dumber. Listen to your commanders Obama, Petraeus saved us from that mess and will get us out soon enough!

-Our priorities should be fixing our economy, not saving our national parks.

Congrats on your win!

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2jcrews(7 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

@valleyred, I hear you and others talk about "victory in Iraq," but I no longer know what the definition of that phrase is. What does it mean to you?

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