The Second World: Why America is losing the race to influence the "second world." By Parag Khanna, director a global governance initiative at the New America Foundation,a serious scholar. His contribution remains to be seen after election.
Khanna contends that the United States no longer seems to know what it wants because its foreign policy elite is utterly divorced from citizens' concerns. "Leaders are keen for the United States to fight more wars, push for free trade, and allow mass immigration, while the majority of Americans want fewer military interventions, less foreign aid, immigration restrictions, and some form of protectionism for American jobs and industries." These issues are controversial as the very nature of economics.
America's putative decline has been stressed by Presidential candidate Obama who is a pundit or a mavin. He is smart, capable and experienced in many fields. By acknowledging that race matters in this election, we can move forward to a future where race does not matter hopefully in the 21st century.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. a witness of unfair treatment with hopes and dreams of a better America under new leadership after January 20, 2009.