After seven years of George Bush, America has just held their first vote in Iowa for a cabal of Presidential Candidates. And the winners are: an Evangelical Republican and a Black Democrat!
Now, to an Australian living a long distance away (but one who has been traumatized by the reign of Bush and still doesn't know what he's likely to do during the balance of his presidency) I find the actions of the American people in a predominately white State to be somewhat concerning.
First there is the evangelical dimension to Huckerbee. I saw a group of the faithful holding prayer sessions prior to the vote. Surely religion and politics are supposed to be separate! And the world has just had to put up with a deranged President who thinks that he's on a Divine Mission.
Then there is Obama. Now, even in Australia, most educated people know that there are still big problems in America between blacks and whites. We see it in police beatings, in what happened to poor blacks after Katrina paid a visit, in pictures of homeless people, etc. So why have the white Democrats in Iowa abandoned Clinton and voted for a man who represents a coloured, depressed minority?
Something strange is happening in America. I don't know what. Perhaps it has to do with Bush and the reaction to the widespread stress and fear that he and his Neocons have created not only in America but across the world. Perhaps it's something else, something more sinister. Or is it hopeful?
The world awaits New Hampshire with interest and trepidation!