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Blog // Thoughts
November 5, 2008

Yes

Yes, Obama has won. This is an extraordinary political victory of a remarkable scale and significance. Yes, I find this victory massively inspirational. Obama is a post-60s, post-Vietnam candidate, but also a third-culture, urban, cosmopolitan candidate. He has also surrounded himself with advisors who are of a realist bent, especially behavioural economists. Obama has dominated […]

Yes, Obama has won. This is an extraordinary political victory of a remarkable scale and significance.

Yes, I find this victory massively inspirational. Obama is a post-60s, post-Vietnam candidate, but also a third-culture, urban, cosmopolitan candidate. He has also surrounded himself with advisors who are of a realist bent, especially behavioural economists. Obama has dominated not just the black vote, but also the hispanic vote, the youth vote and the vote of newly registered voters – this is the America of the future.

Yes, this victory will go a long way to restoring my faith in the USA. The support that Christians, especially evangelicals, gave to Bush in 2004 was a massive shock for me (and many other non-US Christians). White evangelicals have strongly supported McCain, but that was a less problematic choice. However, it has inspirational to see committed, engaged Christians supporting Obama and trying to understand the way the world has seen the last 8 years of (mis)governance from the White House.

Responses
John Smulo 14 years ago

I am overwhelmed with joy that Obama has won. I’m not normally an especially patriotic person, but I feel very proud that the US has made a significant shift in electing Obama.

I’ve also been troubled by the overwhelming support of Bush and the Republican party in general. Yet I’ve been pleased to see evidence of this gap narrowing in polls such as this Christianity Today one https://tinyurl.com/6j579l

Fernando Gros 14 years ago

On so many levels Obama’s election speaks to the best aspects of the US culture, both the ideal and the practical realities. Whilst it is wonderful to see that Christians have split their vote more evenly this time around, the result in 2004 is still and awful stain. There is a problem there that is more than just the old single issue ethics.

John Smulo 14 years ago

You are right, it is more than single issue ethics. Though I think on a popular level it has been the most consistent fuel to the evangelical voting fire.

Fernando Gros 14 years ago

Fuel – sure. Abortion and Homosexuality have been massive issues for the Christian right and those issues alone define the elect-ability of a candidate for a lot of Christians.

At least that was the pre-9/11 story. Since then, attitude towards the rest of the world, the fear narrative and the pro-military thing have been really significant. The analysis of 2004 made that clear and it’s those aspects that mark the biggest differences between US Christians and Christians in other countries.

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