Yes, you can! Part II

As ridiculous as it may sound, I wish that US voters behaved like nothing has changed. I wish they had the same enthusiasm they had in 2008. Because they still urgently need change, they still urgently need Obama. And this does not mean that Obama hasn’t done his job. In contrary, Obama has done a great job. He proved that he deserves to be elected again. Yes, people are disappointed. People are always disappointed. People were disappointed after every revolution, every election, every change. Every war. (Believe me, I grew up in a country of revolutions, wars, and major political and social changes. Change takes time. And people are always disappointed.) People don’t really know what they want. People want miracles. Miracles do not exist. Not in the world we've built for ourselves.

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Cheerleader President

Dear U.S. of A,Few nights ago, my desperate body decided to burn down this annoying flu so my rising fever didn’t let me sleep. Desperate, I turned on CNN and watched your president addressing a joint session of Congress. And I was fascinated! You elected yourself one fine cheerleader there! And hey, the man doesn’t even need pompons nor a frilly skirt – he can do it all orally! Since that night, his energising speech just won’t leave my head. And I wanted to ask you: Can I please, please, please borrow him? I really do need to hear a speech like this. I’ve also suffered a crisis lately: I have this horrible flu, the prince charming decided not to search for me (although I left him my slipper), I applied for a few really cool jobs and got rejected, my debt is rising. So basically, Obama would only need to change a few words in his speech. Here an example:

“……But while your economy may be weakened and your confidence shaken; though you are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want you Ana to know this: You will rebuild, you will recover, and you will emerge stronger than before (here, he can mention something about the prince). And if you do, then someday years from now your children (yeepii, my children!) can tell their children that this was the time when you performed…… As you stand at this crossroads of history, the eyes of all people in all nations are once again upon you — watching to see what you do with this moment; waiting for you to lead (maybe that’s a bit too much). Thank you, God Bless you (yeah OK, he can also say: and may God bless the United States of America.)”

Thank you in advance, A

P.S. Isn’t it actually a good idea – personal cheer leaders? Doesn’t necessary need to be a president.

Congratulations to Change!

Obama won and I am celebrating. This vicotry is not so much about Obama – it is about the collective conscious of what used to be the most powerful nation in the world. The fact that he won with so much lead showed that people are fed of the state their nation was in and angry of the stiff, greedy, cruel class that was leading it for the past eight years.

The real question now is: how much will really change? In one week, when the euphoria is over, the country will still be involved in two unfair wars it cannot really get out of, it will still have a strong business lobby ruling it from the shadows, it will still be economically ruined, it will still be based on values which helped turn capitalism into a beast it just proved to be, bringing the world to the crash we are experiencing right now. I still hear the loud “boos” coming from the crowd when McCain compared increasing taxes for rich to socialism. This is still a country of people who believe in self reliance, that it is their duty to make it on their own, no matter how many sacrifices have to be made, and that having “made” it, is enough of a contribution to their society. They still believe that contributing a part of their self-made wealth is “socialism” and bad. Not everybody should be doing fine, only those who “deserved” it. To return to human values and to start flourishing again, this whole nation has to start thinking of itself as a collective, not as a bunch of individuals. Can Obama make that change?

USA is still the good old USA and Obama is a big refreshment and an opportunity but not a magician. What is important though is that he gave people a belief that change can happen, and that the power is in their hands, not in W’s. He returned african-americans their long lost dream and their dignity. He gave the rest of the world a hope that a different, better, fairer USA is possible. But what is most important, he gave his nation a feeling of liberation from old constraints. Let’s hope that this victory will also help the intellectuals to feel free and empowered to try and make a deeper change so urgently necessary in this country.

There is one thing I have to admit I am worried about. Security. Not the US security. Obama’s security. We all know what happened to many of the US’s great mavericks and ambassadors of positive change. I really hope he has the best personal protection a person can have. That he will go to Dallas and that he is not susceptible to “Monica” kind of traps.

There is one thing that struck me as I just watched the reactions from the streets on CNN. People are celebrating the first african-american president. For his skin color. Nobody was mentioning the ideas he is standing for. I know how much those people have suffered and I know how unfair the system still is to them. I know the race still is a big issue. But I do not think that the fact that Obama's skin color is most important, and the only aspect that should be celebrated. This could only awake old hatreds. And after all, he is not black-black. He is black-white. Or white-black. He is everything. What is so much more important - he is a symbol of ideological change in his country.

Speaking of looks… I watched a documentary on both candidates last night and I was surprised to see how handsome John McCain was when he was young. And then I realised that both Obama and his wife are good looking people. Yes, we know that Joe Biden is very handsome and Sarah is a beauty queen. I wondered what does this mean. Does this say something about the US politics? Something about the country in general? Or is it a universal thing? But when you look at leading politicians of other countries, you don’t see much beautiful people. Still, Austria’s both increasingly powerful right wing parties are headed by what you could call handsome men. Slovenia’s new minister president is an ex-model….. Are looks becoming increasingly important, also in politics?

I’m off to watch more of that euphoria. It does feel good.

Already miss them.....

You know what? There are so many things I am going to miss when all of this is over.

First, I am going to miss Sarah! She is a great inspiration for my oh-so-beloved sexy librarian style. I am going to miss the nest on her head and this incredible $22,000 face. She made me want to buy a new lipstick every day and dig out that pencil skirt and high heels, long forgotten since I left the business world! And she made me wear my glasses proudly. Yep, it works. Plus, with Sarah gone, my stomach muscles are going to go. Who am I going to laugh about?

I am going to miss Cindy! Every time I see Cindy, her hair is blonder and her face stiffer and I think she cannot do any other movement anymore than nod her head and throw those weird “applaud or I’m going to take my bazooka out” looks around. While Sarah is my hero in style and humour, Cindy is my hero in robotics. This woman has spent past seven (or so) months standing behind her husband, nodding! Wooow! So Stepford wives do exist?!

I am not going to miss McCain because I just feel sorry for this man. He urgently needs to retire and take a long, long, very long rest. When retired, he will have all time in the world to teach his wife some other movements apart from nodding. Probably just needs to be oiled a bit.

I am going to miss Obama! This big charmer, whose voice already sounds more familiar than my dad’s – because I hear him talk more often than I hear my dad talk. Once the campaign is over, the “charming” part is over – Obama will start “doing”. Remember that smile, maybe you will not see it after 4.11. There’s not much to smile about when you have to clean up the mess in that country. Let’s see what this will do to his personality. But whatever it does – we’ll see and hear much less of him.

I am going to miss SNL.

And jeez, if I am going to miss all of that, how do people in the USA feel? Maybe the elections should be postponed. So that we can all enjoy the show for another year. Or two. Or five?

Ugh, greetings to Kafka.

 

Palin, seriously.

Here the Palin story because I was very surprised to hear how many people here do not know about this phenomenon...

The first time I read about Palin, I was just amused. I read a profile on her in a Croatian newspaper and the first thing that made me think that something was wrong, were the pictures showing her in her symbol too tight skirts and too high heels. But as I started reading, I quickly understood – this is going to get worse. Yep, this ex-beauty queen is the governor of Alaska (and that is not a joke), she shoots bears and she has 5 (!?) kids. Her 17 years old daughter is pregnant (I dare to call this a proof of both the level of intelligence and education), her son is in Iraq. She has another daughter and a few months old kid with the Down syndrome. The article even mentioned a theory that that kid is actually one of her daughters’ child. Something is obviously VERY wrong about this family, still she kept on waving it like the victory flag. And hey, you should not use the tragedy of Down syndrome for marketing purposes!  OK, so here we have this sexed-up bear shooting super mom with promiscuous kids and a few months old baby who is also a governor of Alaska who, if anything should happen to the president, is going to rule the USA. How fast can you evacuate the whole country?

And then two days ago, I switched on CNN and stayed glued to the screen as I realised I am witnessing the second half of Palin-Biden debate. As the debate went on, I continued asking myself: Is this serious? Come on, I would immediately give this guy the keys of the whole universe and make him not its VP, but its president. To her, I wouldn’t even give the keys to my car. Can’t afford a new one since this financial crisis.

Palin seemed so false that I thought she must have a DreamWorks logo somewhere behind hear ear. This woman is programmed! And then came the highlight: her closing statement. She was speaking her empty memorised sentences into the camera with a sly smile and blinking eyes and if somebody had just blended in a telephone number and promised telephone sex with a hot secretary, they would have earned a f….g fortune (and could have bailed out the US economy themselves). This woman is a shame for the American politics. And she is a shame for the female sex.

Anyway, the debate finished and I jumped to my computer to learn more about this female wonder of programming. And what I found shocked me even more. The media was praising Palin for not embarrassing herself AGAIN. Does USA really deserve a VP who is praised every time she does not make a total fool out of herself? In her first big interview, Palin did not know what the Bush Doctrine was. Come on, if we were serious here, her Republican Party should have sent her back to Alaska, excused itself to the party members and general public for making idiots out of them and immediately found a new VP candidate.

Here the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRHkYN3hXkw

But instead of flying to Alaska, the lady just gets a new pink suit and goes on to her next debacle: in her next big interview, she does not know what the bail out plan is about! By now, I thought I was dreaming…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeMypXCUWMw

Somehow, this reminded me of the story when the Barbie Liberation Organisation swapped the electric voice boxes of hundreds of Barbie dolls and GI Joe action figures - so that Barbie would growl "Dead men tell no lies," and GI Joe would squeal "Want to go shopping?"

I don’t know. Palin is just beyond any serious comment. And the USA is seriously crashing.  This country deserves serious people to get it out of the chaos. Seriously.

 

 

Ready for a baby x 300,000,000?

Although they are well off, live in safe heavens and have parents who will live long enough to help, young people in developed world today don’t dare to have kids (or keep on postponing till it’s too late). Just look at any statistics, the facts are so well known they are already too boring to be quoted. These overly conscious - and anxious - young people torture themselves with questions such as: can we afford it? Are we capable of raising a child? Do we have enough to give to a growing human being? Are we responsible enough/stable enough? Will we be able to cope with everything?

And then look at all those weird people fighting to become presidents of countries already sinking in shit…

Which sane person can consciously decide he/she is ready for that responsibility?