Latest posts by John Liebhardt from September, 2008
In Japan, people have seen the election of four Prime Ministers in the past two years. The process has been described as â€œremarkably well-governedâ€ because the professionalism of the so-called professional class, the bureaucrats who actually run the country. What would people say about the United States? Have the regulators, these so-called professional bureaucrats who work above the political fray handled the economy better than the political class?
In what U.S. Treasury Secretary admitted was a â€œhumbling, humbling timeâ€ for the country, Congressional members of Americaâ€™s two major political parties spent the weekend hammering out a rescue package for the nationâ€™s financial beleaguered system. The plan, if ratified as expected by Congress, calls on the U.S. government to spend up to $700 billion purchasing â€œtroubled mortgage assets of crippled financial firms.â€
The death of a postmodern novelist. Teetering Wall Street Banks. A hurricane wreaking havoc in Texas. Yet, the Jewish blogger PatriotMissive points out that the top five stories E-mailed from the New York Times this weekend are either accounts about Sarah Palin (who earns the top spots) or her running mate, John McCain. Is America â€” and the rest of the world â€” going election mad? Inquiring minds want know.
â€œFight for what's right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people. Fight for our children's future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all. Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America,â€ thatâ€™s how John McCain basically wrapped up his acceptance speech for the Republican Nomination to run for President of the United States. So, how did he do? Bloggers and Twitterers from around the world took their first cracks at the newly minted Republican candidate as he received his time in the limelight.
This just in: The online battle for the US presidency continues apace. Sarah Palinâ€™s Wikipedia page, the subject of much hacking since she became John McCainâ€™s running mate, has been locked until September 8.
What has changed in the US election scene since 2000? John Liebhardt takes us on a personal journey - and points out how there is very little interest in the Republican convention today. When international bloggers talk about Republicans today - what is it that really stands out? Following are reactions from Jordan, Israel, Egypt and South Africa.