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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

André Carrel, "Audi Alteram Partem : Obamamania," Democracy & more, March 7, 2007.

The problem with elite accommodation … is that the opinions of the elites too often do not reflect the opinions of most citizens. — Judy Rebick

Barack Hussein Obama has impressive academic credentials. Just ten years ago when he was a freshman member of the Illinois State Senate, Obama stood on the sidelines of political power. His ascendancy from Obama who? to the position of front-runner for the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party stands in stark contrast to the politics of privilege and connections that befoul the democratic ethos not only in the United States but in many democracies, including Canada, its provinces, and municipalities.

In his keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention Obama told his audience that people do not expect government to solve all their problems and that with a change in government priorities people could be given a chance at solving their problems. The promise of change is synonymous with the man and his politics. His frequent references to change do not flow from polling or market analysis; change is at the core of the politics he has practised consistently in his work as community organizer and legislator.

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