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This post was guest blogged by Dan Tanner of dan-ruth-tanner.com

I was in Dominica in January when Barak Obama won the Iowa caucus, but I expressed my doubt that he would eventually become the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. My reasoning was simple: I believed that the US was too racist. I am relieved to learn that I was wrong.

The upcoming election will be much like the 1932 race between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt(FDR). Hoover expressed “staying the course” with the failed laissez-faire policies of unregulated greed while FDR had a message of hope and change. FDR did not know until after his inauguration what he would do, but what he did was wonderful: The bank holiday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, regulation of banks and the stock market, Social Security, and so on.

Every now and then someone, usually a Democrat, must come along and save capitalism, the only economic system conducive to generation of private wealth, from its own excesses. Barak Obama must not only rescue the American economy as FDR did, but unlike FDR, he must also extricate the US from a ruinous, downright stupid war.

We can be certain that if elected President, John McCain would continue the failed Bush/Cheney war and economic policies. I hope that Barak Obama will be elected President and that he can somehow, probably with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, undo the damage that the Bush administration has done to the US, its economy, its military, its position in world opinion and to its Constitution. Like FDR he will have to deal with an opposed Supreme Court – he won’t have an easy job.

Barak Obama for President!…Whats your say, let’s hear them in the comments

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