– The tale of a basketball Hoop and a Shrine, the race for the White House –
We in the dead straight as sprinters would quip, with less than 3 weeks to the end of campaigning for the USA presidential contest. Speculators, commentators, analysts and those who claim to know call it a dead-heat with less than 2% of opinion informed by three debates held so far.
Those who believe Obama will be dethroned; base their entire conclusion in my opinion on the first of the three debates, which Obama readily admits, was a bad day at work. They advance that if Obama could have an off day he may not be fit to lead another term. Americans often vote purely informed by sentiment making voting a tricky issue because an off day could earn you the wrath of the voters in punishment. These argue that America under Obama is heading the wrong way, lacks a basic claimed grit of single world leader status. They opine America is compromised in economic sense, wounded in world leader status, and vulnerable for attack. They advance these and argue Obama’s plans failed in fact he has no plan.
On the other hand, those who want the basketball hoop to remain in the White House, argue that the Obama plan has saved America from the conundrum and mess of war its 43rd president GW Bush lumped the USA. They saying the change that Obama advocates is not an overnight thing but a process, which warrants a second term. They remonstrate this president has put the USA back into a respectful position as no more the pet-hate subject of the world. These postulates Obama has turned around the economy and recent statistics on employment shows an upward curve though slow, but indisputable. They advance that rock bottom was hit a long time ago and the upward move is now entrenched.
Perhaps my summary of the contest is best explained in what I choose to call the “Tale of the Basketball Hoop and The Shrine.” I shall be bold to argue this election is not any contest exemplified in neck and neck race, if the facts and not sentiment so often wrongly the barometer of our public and even intellectual assessment is the standard.
There is no contest for Barack Obama in an American setting as I have concluded a long time ago is a domestic president par excellence and must be judged for and on that score. The history of American elections for two term presidents speak volumes. If memory serves correctly, the last president to serve one term was the ever-active Jimmy Carter. America in its worst and best of times understood implicitly the necessity for presidents to be afforded more than one term to serve. This has less to do with the issue of party political preference for it happened with both Republicans and Democrats evenly. Perhaps the only time a president will not serve two terms is if death, dread-disease, or impeachment becomes deciding factors. America is a matured democracy and understands the need for this two-term presidency.
Obama has shown his leadership qualities and plan amidst an extremely difficult season of four years. Difficult for many reasons, firstly the global economy has spiralled out of control in a downward trend, sending nations into helter-skelter ambivalence of responses. The USA originated recession that visited upon the world stage is stubbornly nagging and taunting at any and every effort of its demise. The big boys club of Davos remains vacuous and out of constructive ideas on a way forward to stymie a Europe that teeters on bankruptcy with Greece, Spain, Italy and who knows else in the doldrums of a fight against and unseen enemy though created by the essence of a capitalism that needs no more defence.
Obama though at the start a squeaky clean character and the face of unborn innocence, in these four years became the face of war when he had to contend with wars brought about by a previous administration and proved soluble to fall for a European invasion of Libya (the worst spot against this Democrat leader’s name).
He equally goes to the ballot box accredited for smoking out Osama Bin Laden, the man America loved to hate for the now historic 9-11 atrocious events. Obama in this singular event that defied the codes of international affairs best practice with the sovereignty of nations as supreme compromised became the hero of America. This event as much as condemned by the world as a bully tactic exercise in domestic sense is a huge victory, for he will be remembered in history as the president that dealt with Osama Bin Laden, the ghost or threat from a Bush-era.
Obama goes to the ballot box for having seen the stabilizing of the American Banking sector after a short nationalisation and bail out exercise. Obama goes to voting day as the president who kept the Israeli interest on the foreground, again wrongly so for those of international diplomacy context but essential for a domestic contest.
Regardless to how Romney’s campaign sought to create a chasm in the minds of the voters as to how vulnerable Israel’s interests remain under a Obama administration, the truth is the two nation-state advanced by Obama is really an old Democratic stance mirrored in William Jefferson Clinton’s handle on Middle-East diplomacy. Obama therefore is consistent with a greater worldview that neither claims advanced by both Nations are without justification. It may be wrongly perceived by some as him being weak yet he is not overtly weak for he is consistently articulating a standing Democratic Party stance.
Obama as president on the home front has adopted the South African model of NCA (National Credit Act) which is a huge step away from the free for all access to credit splurge America was known for in days gone by. This new credit act makes it difficult for all to have access to money and credit lines, yet it deals with the issue of inflation and imbalance of credit flow. It equally in a leadership moral sense deals with the social consciousness of a society in which 10 credit cards per person was not a strange phenomenon.
Obama goes to the ballot box rightfully confident that he made history in getting his National Health plan adopted by both houses. This may be a challenge for some who has taken refuge in courts pursuit in some few states yet this almost 200-year-old fight to equalize the national health context is legislation now and Obama achieved this.
Obama goes to the voting day, with America perhaps safer from foreign attack the same, which was a very real threat under his predecessor. Hence, though the USA is not as safe as under a Clinton, it is much safer than under both last Republican administrations of Bush definition.
It is thus my view; Obama will slam-dunk this 2012 presidential race because America does not need a Romney shrine rooted in protecting the affluent at the expense of the poor. He will gain a three pointer and shoot with no defence from the Shrine, because the shrine remains static and has not proven flexible to understand the prevailing American requirements for leadership.
Obama, The Hoop will get a foul because The Shrine has committed an offensive foul by entering this race, offensive because his history remains in Corporate America remains the truth he should be judged by. Obama the Hoop, will do a thorough-pass and send himself into the basket for a hold up to dunk as an over-arm move because the shrine has made this a race less of fact but fiction.
Obama The Hoop will keep the lead in access of a 10-point because as much as domestic America is less concerned with the global world, he remains more the logical, scientific, intellectual mind towering in astuteness over the floundering gaffe-ridden in foreign diplomacy Shrine.
The Shrine will not get any time-out, because he is out of time. In the end, the horn at full-time will blow and we all will see the flickering scorecard Obama the Hoop 111 points and The Shrine a paltry 82, claiming his second term and earning the place in history as the president who staved off a challenge but was never really in a contest.
Maybe he will then be willing to concede that he entered that first debate having already been to the mountain top and had seen the scorecard hence he played late into the night before the debate, for this was only a game no sweat at all. Those who know will tell, Americans prefer a basketball hoop anytime day or night to a shrine, in fact the basketball hoop is America’s shrine.
Obama will get his MVP, for he will not break the custom of two-term presidency routine.
Bishop Clyde N. Ramalaine Independent Observer
Courtesy : Tradewinds are blowing, political musings, and analysis
Due December 8, 2012