Thoughts on the Post-Election Day


I voted reluctantly yesterday, but with little hope or even faith in the democratic process which I once regarded as the greatest format for choosing leaders for a country.

Like many other values and hopes, democracy too is losing its persuasive strength. The only good it does is to periodically remove the blatantly  incompetent and the exposed  corrupt people from power.

But then, perhaps it is not the democratic process that is flawed, but the changing conditions in the country and in the world that have altered the democratic framework very difficult to manage. In particular,

Events beyond the nation’s borders are affecting how we feel about our elected leaders.

There is tension between the American ideal of fairness, justice, and freedom for all citizens and the reality of an unmanageable influx of immigrants, and some of whom are rabid enemies of the country to which they swore allegiance only because it is easier to demolish from within. Gone are the days when such traitors used to be shot in the public square.

The financial strength of the country has been weakened as a result of reckless buying of cheap imported goods, fattening the coffers of other nations in the process.

Work possibilities for Americans have been seriously because of the capitalist greed that shifts factories abroad where cheap labor can be exploited.

In the meanwhile special interest groups openly bribe law-makers to pass laws that benefit the group, even if it is at the expense of the nation as a whole.

In the context of all this, politicians are confused not only about what is good for the country, but also about how to handle the perennial and relentless threat from a handful of religious fanatics abroad who have are determined to destroy civilization as we know it.

The president is often prompted by idealism and a genuine desire to do the best for the country, but when idealism is not tempered by realism, it will never work in politics.

Conservative commentators accuse the Press (NBC, New York Times) of preaching and propagating anti-national news and worldviews, while  liberal commentators (who one assumes would want press freedom) accuse the conservative press (Fox News) of doing exactly the same.

In this atmosphere, it really doesn’t matter who loses and who wins. Very little can be done to resolve the serious problems confronting the country.

Most of all, unlike during the second WW, there is no national spirit of patriotism and fighting together for the welfare of the nation as a whole.

Perhaps informed representatives, Democrats and Republicans, liberals, conservatives, and independents, should get together, and come up with a series of recommendations to all political, economic, religious, and business  leaders on how to handle the precarious situation in which we find ourselves today.

November 3, 2010

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About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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