Osservazioni del dissidente Wei Jingsheng sull’elezione di Obama

E’ stata la delusione con la precedente amministrazione che ha fatto eleggere Obama a Presidente degli Stati Uniti. Il Partito Comunista Cinese ha anche mandato rappresentanti alla “Democratic Convention” a Denver per sostenere l’elezione di Obama.Alcune delle  dichiarazioni del neo-eletto hanno sottolineato una politica “pro-Cina”. Tuttavia con l’aumento della disoccupazione e la forte concorrenza della Cina, che ha un impatto negativo sull’economia statunitense, Obama dovrà dare ascolto al popolo americano piu’ che ai sostenitori cinesi. Qui di seguito il suo intervento in inglese.  


The US election has just finished.  Barack Obama was elected to be the next US president.  Democrats scored a big win, while Republicans lost.  In both the US House and Senate, democrats gained sizable majorities.  These majorities can make Mr. Obama a strong President in the next 4 years, providing enough power to deal with various tough issues, from economic recovery to leadership recovery for the USA in international politics.  It is what the voters of the USA wanted.  The voters cast their votes to give Obama this opportunity, as well as responsibility.  It is the true display of the people’s power, under a true democratic system.


In comparison to his campaign competitors, Obama is youthful, not as well known, without personal experience in depth, and has no significant political achievement to be proud of.  General commentaries think it was the voters’ dissatisfaction with Washington’s political circle that mattered most.  Obama fit the exact the wish of people for a change.  He also knows well what is in people’s minds.  He used “change” as his slogan to defeat all obstacles on the road to the presidential election.


Two strong opponents of his had obvious advantages over him.  One was Hilary Clinton who was the First Lady for 8 years and then served in the US Senate for almost 8 years.  Another was decades-long senior politician and Senator John McCain, who is also a hero from the Vietnam War.  Both of their political experiences and political relationships are far superior to Obama’s.  If it was in China where a political circle of superiors instead of the voters choose, this kind of person who has a short resume and without much experience obviously has little chance.


But the good thing about a democratic system is that the right to choose is in the general public who are observing.  The major influence is cast by the interests and willpower of the people.  Other influences, including the news media, are limited.  Even the news media need to follow the opinions of the people.


Of course, for Obama to be elected as the US president is a good thing for him.  If it were not because the USA fell into crisis both economically and in international affairs, his opportunity would not have been that big.  When people are enjoying their safe and easy lives, when they are not feeling the approaches of various crises, they tend to be conservative, instead of looking for change.  They could also expose their shortcomings, such as racial and/or sexual discrimination.  In those times, Americans may elect a person of African descent or a woman to be a senator, but probably not a president.


Only the pressure of the crisis could force people to give up prejudice from common custom.  At this time, it is more important to choose some captain who could bring change and bring people out of difficulty, instead of choosing a vase.  A vase would be important during a peaceful and prospect time.  But as rain is pouring down into the boat, it is more important to have a captain who would share the same fate as you.  That is people’s psychology, the basic characteristic of the human being, as well as it is in accord with people’s will.


Therefore, to be the president-elect is not just a good thing for Obama, but also one of most severe tests in his life.  Before he becomes the US President, it is fairly easy to talk and to do things at his own will.  But when he becomes the President, he needs to know to give up his own personal opinions to follow the will of the public, and at the same time lead the public in acceptable ways.  Even before he was elected, he already needed to take public opinion into consideration.  Take for example his foreign policy during the earlier phases of his election that was called a “pro-China policy” by the news media.  This stance may have been due to him having some Asian even Chinese relatives, as well as receiving donations from pro-Chinese Communist Party groups.  Some even arranged his fund-raising event in China.  The Chinese Communist Party also sent an observation team to attend the Democratic Convention in Denver and noticeably leaned in favor of his election.


But as the President of the USA, personal preference must yield to the tendency of the people.  When many unemployed workers think that it was Chinese goods dumping policy that cost their jobs; when many people feel the threat of losing their way of living because of the cheap Chinese goods, a pro-China policy is dangerous.  Mr. Obama and his campaign team quickly practiced self-restraint.  They quietly adjusted their staff, as well as their policy.  They raised the issue of defending workers’ interest, resuming employment opportunity, and protecting the US market as mainstays of their policy.  Thus, his later campaigning became a smooth drive, and beat up the opponents with absolute superiority.


People generally think that politicians do lie, that they seldom cash out what they say during their election.  This is a comforting point for the Chinese Communist Party’s “United Front Department” which has been very busy.  When Bill Clinton was running for president of the US, he had a high pitch tune of human rights.  After he was elected to be the US president, he barely cashed that promise.  This has been a classic show of the US politicians.


But now Obama is in a different position.  The American voters’

employment is a different issue from the human rights in some foreign country.  If he does not cash out his promise, he could be in trouble with his political position.  When he is in that position, he needs to be able to refuse to do anything for anyone associated with him. 

Choosing between the American people in general and his donors, friends and relatives, he must choose the American people.  To the least he must do so under a democratic policy.  On a more personal level, this choice is between his own political life and the financial success of his friends and relatives; he will have to choose for himself.  This choice is one of the characteristic differences between a democratic system and a dictatorial system.  In the latter, unchecked corruption advances the friends and relatives over the country.


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