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After it was all over yesterday and the MSM finally projected both Tester and Webb as winners, it all started to sink in i.e., the enormity of what was accomplished, how it would affect our beloved country, and inevitably, what the world's reaction was to be after our successful bloodless insurrection. We all heard about how the world was watching and how we, rank & file Americans would be judged on the outcome of this election.

I know that I, like most of you, did what we did in this election not to garner world favor but rather to preserve our democracy before it slipped completely from our grasp. To me, any accolades bestowed upon us by the rest of the world are just icing on the cake.

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Anyway, out of curiosity, I surfed the internet for world opinion columns and articles from various media outlets around the world. I included bits & pieces but the full articles are worth a read.

I think it's safe to say: "The world approves!"

Here's a little diddy from the Independent Online:

All in all, it was an impressive tally for one day of voting.

This result, though, is far more than the sum of its individual contests - as the summary removal of the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, showed. It constitutes a political turnaround comparable to that wrought by the Republicans with their Contract for America in 1994. That victory tapped into the same sentiments that were to facilitate George Bush's contentious victory in 2000. Tuesday night's results mark the eclipse - for the time being, perhaps forever - of that particular brand of messianic, back-to-basics, Republicanism.

And, we have this from the in Canada:

The Republicans lost in the election because the American voters are now fed up and bored with the war. The American people now realize that Bush is the big liar."

Others around the world hoped that the election results would mark a shift in priorities for the U.S., with a transition to a greater focus on trade policies and human rights.

And, this from Speigel Online International in Germany:

A telling conclusion to this election campaign, which has been remarkable not just for its bitterness, but also for its potential for change, its unpredictability, and its mélange of fact and fiction. What distinguishes this campaign is also the fact that it has become a referendum on the war in Iraq and on the president himself. Even if Bush's name isn't on any ballot, he has nevertheless been haunting the campaign like a phantom candidate.

Germany's neighbors in Switzerland also chimed in with this from The Tribune De Geneve:

For example, it would no longer be so easy to place conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Great battles would occur over the program of eavesdropping on Americans, and there would be hearings on energy, environmental and health policies. Let's not even mention the tax breaks for oil companies. Democrats could stop bills and - the cherry on the cake - set up boards of inquiry to investigate the scandals surrounding the Bush Administration.

This from The Herald Sun in Australia:

THE Democratic Party has stormed to power in the US Congress on the back of voter dissatisfaction over corruption, scandal and the war in Iraq.
Democrats knocked off top Republicans and quickly picked up seats in formerly impenetrable conservative enclaves including Arizona, Texas, Florida and Ohio.

The balance of power has shifted in Washington, and President George W. Bush faces the prospect of becoming a lame duck leader, unable to pass legislation through Congress without Democratic approval.

The Times of India concentrated on the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"We believe his election will send a powerful message to the world about America's commitment to religious inclusion and tolerance," said Nidad Awad, executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, an umbrella organization linking 11 Islamic organizations, before the vote.

Surprisingly, (to me anyway) The Mail & Guardian Online from Africa concentrated on the "environmental" aspect of the U.S. elections.

Still, gathered in the Kenyan capital for a key United Nations climate-change conference, delegates and observers said Republican losses could help the environment and might force an easing in Bush's tough stance on other, related matters.

"This is good news for climate," said WWF climate-change director Hans Verholme, adding quickly he did not think the results could force a change in the administration's vehement opposition to the Kyoto Protocol.

This commentary I found at Turkish Press

US voters have rebuked President George W. Bush over Iraq and political corruption, handing control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats and boosting their power in the Senate in a dramatic Washington power shift.

Folks, I know every one of us voted for change in America  for internal reasons, but it kind of makes me feel good to know that this one single, consequential day in American history also put us on the road to reconciliation with the rest of the world in which we live.    

Originally posted to Flirtin with Disaster on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 02:57 AM PST.


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Comment Preferences

  •  They like us! They really, really like us! (11+ / 0-)

    Bush isn't inept... he's delusional!

    by Flirtin with Disaster on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 02:56:05 AM PST

  •  Bush's humility was INspiring (1+ / 0-)
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    The first time I ever, ever liked the guy, laughed at his jokes, saw his pain, thought I saw a spoke of "opportunity" and "reality" meeting for a possible path to solution.

    I think the whole nation needs to start from a humble position, grab the Kyoto Treaty with both hands, etc.  

    Boot Bolton, add Danforth.  Lots of symbolic things and realistic ideas could really occur.


  •  My life (3+ / 0-)
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    Overseas, Jimdotz, rmonroe

    as an ex pat just became immeasurably easier.  It was just a so subtle change in my awareness over here, since the Republicans held power. Each week would bring me more and more psychic stress.

    These past couple of days though have brought a tidal wave of American Spirit across the ocean - People over here really do want to like Americans and really do want America's freedom to light the world. Nobody really wanted the isolationism of America against her allies.

    They really do like us, as the poster above said.  But, man, do they ever hate an expat just became immeasurably easier.  It was just a so subtle change in my awareness over here, since the Republicans held power. Each week would bring me more and more psychic stress.

    These past couple of days though have brought a tidal wave of American Spirit across the ocean - People over here really do want to like Americans and really do want America's freedom to light the world. Nobody really wanted the isolationsim of America against her allies.

    They really do like us, as the poster above said.  But, man, do they ever hate Bush.

    •  I lived in the UAE during school year 1994-95 (0+ / 0-)

      where I taught math at their national university. It was wonderful to be there at that time.

      Ordinary US citizens like me and my wife felt like ambassadors for America.  People from all over the world wanted to talk to us about America, ask questions and learn from us.

      I can only imagine how difficult it must be right now if I were in a similar situation.

      Good Luck to you spreading the message that the world should not give up on America.

      We may screw up from time to time, but in the end, we will always try to do what's right.

      "There ought to be limits to freedom." -- G W Bush, 1999

      by Jimdotz on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 05:43:59 AM PST

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  •  I was going to apologize (0+ / 0-)

    for the double post, but then again, I think it's probably a good thing to repeat.

  •  I can assure you (3+ / 0-)

    that all my neighbors here in Ireland are elated at the news.

    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds - Samuel Adams

    by Overseas on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 03:28:29 AM PST

  •  The long road back.... (2+ / 0-)

    to regaining our world respect begins now. It has always been an embarrassment to me that the American people put Bush in the White House twice. Hopefully the world will now see that we have finally come to our senses.

    When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross------Sinclair Lewis

    by rmonroe on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 03:31:28 AM PST

  •  A good first step (5+ / 0-)

    ... but you must make it stick. Remember, to most people in the world the US is mostly what they see in news bytes and stories from friends. Lately, most (if not all) they've seen in the news is "america bombs this", "america tortures that", etc in constant negativity.

    Give us a narrative of positive change, and you'll see results. Guaranteed.

    And as for those people who bitterly moan that "They'll just hate us anyways", bullshit. After 9-11 you had basically everyone on your side. Here in halifax we had people lining up to give blood, donating toilet paper and soap and towels and so on to help house refugees diverted to our airport and hosteled in our schools and homes. I know that offers of support and help and commiseration came from all over the globe.

    Maybe the only way to get that much positive attention is to have to endure a huge public tragedy, but if nothing else it shows that people ARE willing to move on in a more forgiving way.

    If they're shown there's a reason to forgive, that is.

    Plot your political compass scores at KosCompass

    by Hatamoto on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 03:34:18 AM PST

    •  It's going to be a long, bumpy road back into... (3+ / 0-)

      ... the graces of the world community.

      This too shall pass...

      Bush isn't inept... he's delusional!

      by Flirtin with Disaster on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 03:37:45 AM PST

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      •  We bottomed out, tg, uphill from here (0+ / 0-)

        And it is so much better, more FUN, to seek the high road.  

        Thumpin', bitchslap, asskick.  In Alabama it is the fingerthunk thing a parent does to a teenager.

        The nation shares the blame, (some A LOT MORE than others), and the NetRoot revolution has shattered the threat.  

        Jebbush is toast....Neil should just go straight to Jail, Do Not Pass Go.

    •  Hey, we have been amBushed. (1+ / 0-)
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      Before you lecture us about making it stick, please understand, a group of powerful thugs seized control of most of the central units of our political and media systems with the intent of total power. They did rather suddenly and unexpectedly. Nobody anticipated the totality and fierceness with which they succeeded. It took a long time to be able to counter their maneuvers.

      It has been very hard to fight them. Granted, it's not like the Soviet Union, but it's not been easy. So, give us a chance to straighten it out here before you get hung up over forgiving us.

      •  Myself personally (0+ / 0-)

        ... and I'm sure many canadians can't help but know a bit more about US politics than we'd like. Not many of us consider you as a single entity ("americans") instead of liberals/conservatives or some other nuanced view. I just used our situation as an example.

        There's plenty of people out in the world though who really don't want, need, or are easily able to get a more details. They only hear about the major events, and their opinions are formed by those events. That's why there needs to be a narrative of good news that's actually good news if you want to turn the popular opinion of the world around in your favor.

        ... and I wouldn't call it a lecture. I'm pointing out some of the more obvious places where work needs be done, but I can't  say "You must do this to fix this and that to fix that". IMO that stuff is best left to the policy wonks and guys in the trenches.

        Plot your political compass scores at KosCompass

        by Hatamoto on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 11:22:20 AM PST

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  •  I kept asserting in comments over the last year (1+ / 0-)
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    that 98% of the world (maybe 99.9%) is just waiting for Bush to be gone. No one can stand his government nor his governance (such as it is). My father, who has voted Conservative all his life, said to me a few months ago, "Do you know how hated that man is?", referring to Bush. When Kerry said in the 2004 presidential campaign that he had heard from some world leaders who wanted him to win, I absolutely believed him (even though it wasn't smart to say, given that we were going through the "freedom fries" period).

  •  Here's some analysis from Sweden (2+ / 0-)
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    Flirtin with Disaster, rmonroe

    My translation:

    Text under picture of defiant Bush

    WRONGFUL ADVICE With the stubborness of a fool George W Bush has been listening to the wrong persons and to wrong advice. But by sacrificing his secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld, Bush hopes to survive his last to years in the White House. The war on Iraq has been a catastrophy for Bush. With 3000 dead Americans the war more and more resembles Vietnam.

    main text

    The President is lost.

    The American people delivered the president a big slap over the face. With a completely hostile congress Bush is practically lost as president. His two remaining years will be an enduring pain. His sacrificing Rumsfeld wont help him a lot.

    It was a long time ago Bush looked this embarrassed and lost. One after another he's been forced to sacrifice the men he built his precidency around. Soon there's no one left to hold hands with.

    This is why Bush lost big and will be a lame duck.

    • 1. The election results.

    The landslide Democratic victory was to a large part a protest against Bush's decision to invade Iraq and the way he has managed the war. After such a big slap over the face Bush will have to start listening. His last to years at the helm the president will have to work with the democrats to get anything done.

    • 2. A new strategy for Iraq.

    The violence in Iraq continues without Bush seemingly having any recipe for stopping it. With 300 dead Americans the war more and more resembles Vietnam. Now Bush has to work with the Democrats to present a plan for an American withdrawal and some new tactics for diminishing the violence.

    • 3. The mistake of invading Iraq.

    In the beginning the American people bought the White House's claim of a connection between Saddam and al-Qaida but the longer the war has become the more the lie has revieled itself for the American people.

    • 4. Listened to the wrong people.

    Bush has time and again listened to the wrong people and the wrong advice. The presideent himself is simply not competent enough to weigh expert advice. Rumsfeld is a typical example.

    • 5. The critic from the generals.

    The Democrats demanding the removal of Rumsfeld is part of the political game. On the other hand, when Bush's own generals decapitates the Secretary of Defence the President has no longer any ground left to stand on.

    The autor of the article is Wolfgang Hansson, Aftonbladet.

    Restore Democracy! Denounce the GOP (Georgie's Orwellian Party)!

    by high5 on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 04:26:46 AM PST

  •  Great, but.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Flirtin with Disaster

    I don't like the term "bored" with the war (from the Canadian source.)  That really makes us sound cavalier towards the deaths of our soldiers over there, and some of us are indeed concerned about civilian deaths.

    Hopefully that was (mis)translated from the French?

    •  That's the way it was written... (0+ / 0-)

      ... perhaps a dig by the Canadians on America's culture of violence i.e., gun ownership, murder rate, Dear Leader's penchant for overthrowing two-bit despots for oil revenue?

      If our closest neighbors have a misconception about everyday Americans, we indeed have work to do to restore the good image of America.

      The first step was Tuesday.

      Bush isn't inept... he's delusional!

      by Flirtin with Disaster on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 05:53:15 AM PST

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  •  World Realization (0+ / 0-)

    From the comments above, it looks like the world, as a collective, realizes that America has finally awakenned from its horrible post-911 nightmare.  America is ready to join the world community again and end its stubborn unilateral isolation.

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