Thursday, November 6, 2008

America's cultural zeitgeist




This maps shows electoral college districts that either voted more Democrat than from 2004 or more Republican than from 2004. It's from this great interactive feature in the NY Times showing voting shifts and an analysis of what significant voting changes occurred on Tuesday's historic election.

Consider this map. Look at the distribution of 'change'.

I won't try to hide my ebulience for the results of the election and I'm truly pie-eyed imagining the utopian possibilities for America that today seem just a little bit more attainable. They're more attainable not because Obama is President, but that America itself has seen what it is possible of achieving.

The new collective identity forged from Tuesday night is meaningful to consider. Things will be different. Things feel different. Let's look at this from a cultural/ethnographic point of view:

The hopefulness and change mantras united the country. This wasn't exclusive to Obama either as McCain picked up the change theme quickly after the RNC but ultimately unconvincingly.


The election meant so much to so many people.
An Obama loss would have dealt a crushing sting to many people, particularly to Blacks, and would have meant that this group of Americans might have simply resigned themselves to a perceived lasting inequality - one that has been the source of deep national division and one that might have been perpetuated.


The belief that America is on a road
, emphasized in Obama's acceptance speech, is
meaningful because it brings humility and a down-to-earth focused resolve to the moment. As ecstatic (or defeated) as Americans may feel now, there is still much work ahead.


A realization among everyone that
we must accept domestic responsibility in addition to global responsibility - a philosophy of American exceptionalism that, through the Bush Doctrine, came to imply aggressiveness and a bully stance to presumably enforce democracy worldwide.

Note that none of the insights I've mentioned above are Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. The relevance of Obama's message was one of inclusiveness and ubiquity - everyone was involved. He decisively won in states perceived to be GOP bastions and conservative holdouts contributing to the gravity of his Presidency not as one that is bi-coastal, but as one that is truly national.

It's become cliched for Presidents-elect to emphasize a 'healing process' and national reconciliation after a divisive and brutal campaign. So he's not doing it.

It's wrong to be congratulatory and self-aggrandising with a win and give the equivalent of highly publicized mass shoutouts to 'what we've accomplished'. So he hasn't done it.

The tone set by Obama on Wednesday at 12:01am was focused. There is work to be done. There is progress to be made. Things are not right in America, but they will be improved.


The fervor and pomp will die down and as time passes we'll all become a little more reflective on November 4th, 2008 and the significance of this election. We'll learn of scandals hidden throughout the campaign from both camps and we'll scrutinize the choices Obama makes in the first 100 days with the precision of a Leica lens. Optimism will fade.

But don't lose sight of what America has now proclaimed through their shared democracy.

It was never about Obama, it was about America. It was never about Bush, it was about a shared national change.


America's cultural zeitgeist has advanced and while our complex feelings and intangible perceptions about how life will be like are difficult to articulate, we can appreciate that nationally, Americans can deservedly feel proud of their country and the more realistic course it's now on. It's not necessarily softer, it's instead more sustainable. It's not humble, it's humanistic.

Those who deify Obama as a prophet for progress are misguided. He is a monumental man but is a reflection of a monumental nation.

1 comment:

SOLOMON SAMI AZAR said...

The global collapse of world economies and or global war with Russia over energy is occurring right before our eyes-when will you wake to what is the foundation of any civilized industrialized country- ENERGY- I HAVE SOLVED IT- pressure Princeton university to replicate my experiment to verify- over 19 months i still wait- Lets see how long it takes to uncover

The following is a true story about MYSELF-for 25 years i have tried to the best of my abilities find a miracle for the betterment of mankind- upon a successful experiment to end the energy crisis in april 2007- i quickly come upon the net and disclose all my findings expecting my fellow citizens to help uncover- to my disappointment- i was met with typical human behavior of distrust and ignorance-maybe people are used to being scammed by so many-even though i never ask for money-just tell someone what i did- especially a university so they can repeat it- maybe people have just turned into atheistic monsters in light of all the stars like bill maher screaming there is no god- and thus- children of god have turned into back stabbing monkeys that cheat one another for their immediate gain- either way- because my approach as pure and sincere- it is thus not understood to a savage monkey planet that is on the heels of global war- if you want the economy to be revived- if you want armies to not fight again for oil/energy-if you want our mother planet to have clean fuel so it can breath- force a university to repeat my experiment- PERIOD- after saying these words for 19 months to no avail- i fully understand why wars always happened- why we are in war now- why war will grow global- the savage race of man has not learned enough- thus- watch your economies crumble- watch global war get larger- why- YOU DO NOTHING FOR ONE ANOTHER- just ridicule and abuse-= and therefore your consequences have come-

I have been deleted from many forums including this one as my attempts to uncover energy is ignored by my actions as a solo human being- i have found people would rather let the world go to hell before they help someone they do not like-maybe my typing-my words-my face-whatever-i solved energy crisis and all of you are going to die from global war because of your selfish and shabby ways-no wonder man was a slave since the beginning of time- without laws and submission to god- you are worse than a dog that is far more noble to its own pack-

The following video was made april 2007 to encourage the largest nuclear power company to investigate my deeds- they do nothing as their faith is weak


ENERGY IS KEY TO CIVILIZATION- dont believe me- go live just one day in the woods- the valuable resource is getting dry as india and china want to live a little like the west-cant blame them- who i do blame is being on this net for so long as everyone uses their own arrogance and negativity to ignore solutions for energy- how many people have you met in your life that says they solved it- go ahead and ignore this as the rest in past year- when the total economy fails- dont be puzzled as you did nothing- pressure a university to investigate and repeat- i dont want your money-take your energy and help solve the energy crisis

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I love the man called jesus-a life of struggle and sacrifice for the betterment of mankind- this is the highest principle of life to live-struggle in any form- you want a strong body- train hard all the time- take one week off and you deteriorate- want a strong mind-read and learn everything as often as you can-want an enlightened soul- love god with all your heart and soul and struggle and sacrifice for the betterment of mankind-Life is a struggle- I wouldn't have it any other way- Free will


* my name is Solomon Sami Azar-born on the 13th January-1965. I have combined the century old ideas of Tesla and Einstein to produce safe nuclear fusion of heavy water in order to end the energy crisis- When the scientific community has found this and understands -the energy crisis will be over along with talks of greenhouse gases-I have been guided to this discovery by the heavens- by a force in this universe we are all connected to in spirit and pray to in the name of god- I have put together many signs and connections to form the big picture- I am a messenger of GOD---I have been sent by heaven to declare An Age of Unity has begun- world war 2 was Armageddon signified by two atomic bombs-An age of unity has begun

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Hear no evil-see no evil-speak no evil- YET_ HEAR THE LIGHT_SEE THE LIGHT_BOLDLY DECLARE THE LIGHT Photobucket

until then- its like children with hands to their ears:)


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There is no question the statements I make might seem too grand- however- everything I will ever state as by the heavens shall be put forth by a democratic vote of all peoples- we shall come together and freely elect our destiny- the choice to live together in unity and peace shall be given to us and we shall exercise our FREE WILL if we want it- We shall choose a life with god and global unity and love of all people- or life as the cousin of the monkey by way of Darwinism and may the strong survive-It is the desire of the heavens to inform man if they wish to continue in prejudice and conflict for another global meltdown of a second Armageddon of far greater proportions- it shall be democratically chosen by all the inhabitants of the earth- your choice for unity shall be given to you- your free will in this age of enlightenment shall be tested-the time has come

IF YOU WANT the energy crisis to end- inform many people to review and or replicate my experiment found here who am I- this is the link to my experiments A letter to David BowieMy words of science found here

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our ancestors live- the heavens wait for us to achieve global unity of all nations -Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven--

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who am I- this is the link to my experiments A letter to David BowieMy words of science found here

I have performed an experiment for the betterment of mankind to end this energy crisis I have come upon this internet connecting millions of souls to inform of my deeds and have my fellowman uncover it to end this energy crisis- what I have found is noone believes anyone anymore- It seems the deceitful persons in life have tainted most human beings to not trust anyone- the morality degradation as atheism confronts the moralities taught by messengers of god- -
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who am I- this is the link to my experiments A letter to David BowieMy words of science found here

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Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC. War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket. There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism. It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

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The following video is made after the obvious lack of support by ANYONE for a solution to the energy crisis-nov 8 2008 is the one year anniversary i made this video- I do so as my conviction to the experiment performed and its truth it will end the energy crisis as our soldiers fight for it now- my frustration is built upon ten years of offering solutions for the betterment of mankind to a deaf ear of society that only seeks pleasure for self satisfaction--my fellow marines battle for energy in wars and i embarked upon a path to try an experiment for all of us- i come to the net to find no help-people scream about being slaves of the government- you deserve it- when those who sacrifice for all of us ask for assistance- you do nothing- thus- you must all be controlled as it is clear you are too gluttonous and weak in your behavior with freedom and free will- you are lazy and weak as our fellow citizens fight wars for energy and you do nothing *****also-tough steep mountain to climb and make video- very cold and battery weakening-the first several video shots not good along hill- god wants it at the tippity top-i make video like a vaudeville entertainer trying to instigate in friends and passer bys to help uncover a solution to the energy crisis as our planet dies by it- our soldiers fight for it- and our economy is about to collapse from it- and I scream on video and people call me crazy- go figure- i feel like Charleston Heston on the planet of the apes:)*****




I live each day after the experiment with full conviction my deeds will end the global energy crisis- end global warming- end our soldiers battling for oil-BOOST the economy as EVERY business needs energy-or did you forget as a family how high energy prices devastated you- and each day i try to convey this to a public on the net- YOU dont trust anyone besides your pet dog that relies on you for everything- you dont trust your fellowman- thus- WARS and abuse continue- all of this mayhem IS YOUR FAULT- I bring solution- you do nothing but ignore-ridicule or abuse- no wonder there is war-no wonder the marines or any military sing "rape kill pillage and burn" militarys of all nations know how pathetic man can get and thus must kick in the ass- you deserve it - look how gluttonous man gets in the west with food-materialism-etc- all the while half the worlds children die from simple untreated water- and of course its not your problem- what can i do you say- well here is your chance-WWJD

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Amidst a trillion stars in the sky- we are endowed by way of spirit into the body of man upon this magical blue planet- Our 10,000 year quest to cultivate this planet from absolutely nothing to utopia is now within our grasp- in this age of enlightenment we shall see this earth as one ship and all the races of the earth our shipmates- together we set sail- life will hit us with hurricanes- tsunamis- and such- together we shall rebuild anew and continue under the light of god for the betterment of mankind and our duty for our children's future= remember your children for every major decision- do unto others as you would have done to your own child- Recession- depression- come what may- we are endowed by the greatest entity of the universe- blessed of all the creatures upon the earth- let us stand together in the light of day and be proud of a god of love-peace and unity- we are one