Obama’s victory has got me thinking about politics, which is really good. I was so shocked when dubya became president of the USA, but I was even more shocked when they kind of chose him again, for a second term. What worried me the most was the idea that Americans felt mirrored by their choice of president and saw him as Joe average. I’ve always held the belief that it was the fleeting sexual idiocy of Clinton that sealed the fate of the Democrats and propelled America and the world into a period of political darkness, paranoia, secrets, conservatism, fundamental religious fascism, and war. And it has been the huge failure of the dubya era, culminating in the financial crisis that has helped propel Obama into the presidency. I’ll never forget how horrified I was that Clinton’s ridiculous Lewinski dalliance cost a potential peace deal in the Middle East.
That was the US of A. Back home it was another, complicated story, with its own bizarre and unlikely tragic heroes, political victims, opportunists and behind the scenes backstabbing, treachery and corruption. The one very powerful message for me about the breakaway bunch (soon to be known as COP, or Congress of the People! Am I the only one who finds this funny?) is that I became aware that there was a dissident voice in the ANC. I had been feeling terrified that all in the ANC supported Mr I took a Shower; that all in the ANC wanted him as their leader, that all in the ANC were united in a most bizarre cause. Now I know that this is not true. Now I know that, even though I agreed with the criticism levelled at Mbeki, there were many who found his recall hideous, inappropriate and in such bad taste. And I am relieved. I have no idea what this new party’s manifesto is going to be, so I don’t know how I will vote, but I know for sure that there are many, many like me who are excited by the noise of people expressing their opinions, concerns, ideologies, complaints and alliances. Viva democracy, viva.