Jose Ortega y Gasset: care of democracy. as political norm seems a good thing. but democracy thought and gesture, the democracy of the heart and the custom is the more dangerous curiosity that can suffer a society. Yes, exciting because it will mark a historic break anyone that is its result as the most powerful nation in the world (still is) will have for the first time a black President or a woman Vice-President. And the fact, obviously, will be no less in a country where for very many years blacks were despised, discriminated against, burlados and, in an era of greater tolerance, accepted in specific trades related to the show, such as sports or action. Women also had their own struggle and it cost them time and work pass of the kitchen and the laundry to positions previously intended for boys.
The country grew up with a concept according to which women should be loved and protected. And she, in turn, had the obligation to love and protect to your family, for which there was no need to leave home. Especially there was no need to come out of the kitchen and laundry. But times have changed and today the ladies they send in the camera, and are at the forefront of such important positions as the State Department and the governorate of such important States of Alaska. Precisely from that territory, separated from Asia by the Bering Strait, and neighbor of the North Pole comes Sarah Palin, who would help change history to become the first Sarah, the first Palin and the first woman to play such an important position. What would more surprising? The Presidency of an African direct descendant? Or the vice presidency of a lady?As things stand today the surprise would be that Senator John McCain will prolong the stay of the Republican party in the White House eight to twelve years.
The battle that the Arizona senator has been able to if you consider the political heritage received from the President who aspires to succeed is truly heroic. The economic crisis, the same whose blow feels equally in all pockets, is only one of many factors that currently plays against her and how. Perhaps if not by this point voters would have forgiven other points a little more distant from the everyday life of the citizen but no less important: the painful, costly and futile war (which war is not futile?) of Iraq; the cooling of relations with Russia, which makes remembering the distressing times of the cold war; the resurgence of anti American in several countries feeling, in where even a well other than Uncle Sam ideology Governments were chosen. In short, it’s an agenda complicated to which some add even the advanced age of the candidate which should not be a decisive factor in another culture but in a society accustomed to worship to the youth and beauty. According to polls, not the yesterday or the of today, but most of them, Senator Obama has a stronger and more stable lead. And, an extraordinary event that is not produced break with the trend, will become the President number forty-four in the nation of Washington and Jefferson. If this is the case, the story has begun to change. And you can never see blacks in the same manner that saw them for years. Alejandro Rutto Martinez is a prestigious Colombian academic dedicated to teaching and journalism.