Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Historic Moment

Can’t help but be excited by the election result. Congratulations Barack Obama, and congratulations America.
The world breathes a sigh of relief. I stayed up until about 3am to watch, when Ohio was announced for Obama and it was clear that he was going to win. Although I believe this is a hopeful development, of course Obama is not the messiah. He cannot possibly live up to the expectations and the huge desire for change. He will make mistakes, and compromises and much will remain the same. Their will be backlashes, and ‘I told you so’s and disappointments. But for now let's celebrate the historic moment that this is, and let's pray for Obama, and his incoming administration, and for the great nation of the USA.

Here is a list of some of the policies that I believe offer hope for the world - (from avaaz) ht: Peter Kirk

  • Reduce the US’s carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and play a strong positive role in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol

  • Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and keep no permanent bases in the country

  • Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe

  • Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center

  • Double US aid to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria

  • Open diplomatic talks with countries like Iran and Syria, to pursue peaceful resolution of tensions

  • De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of manipulation that led the US into Iraq

  • Launch a major diplomatic effort to stop the killings in Darfur

  • Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain labor and environmental protections

  • Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015

  • Let’s pray for wisdom and perseverance for Obama as he pursues these goals.

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