What a New Pit Bull in the White House Means For America With the 2008 Election

Pit bulls are a breed of terrier historically used in dog fighting and in the bear- and bull-baiting outlawed in England since the 1800’s, according to Wikipedia. With or without the lipstick so vividly capturing an image of a hockey-mom at the US Republican Convention, pit bulls today are outlawed in major cities of Canada. They are required to be neutered in France under certain conditions and they are banned in Great Britain under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. In the United States, they are classified in the “bully breed” of dogs.

A Republican pit bull has occupied the White House for the last eight years. In that time, America has been savagely attacked. The country has lost its credibility and its former high standing in the world’s estimation. Its economic situation is now arguably the worst it has been since the 1930’s Great Depression. Unemployment hit a record 6 percent just two months before the presidential election.

The mainstream media show very little of the world to Americans beyond calamities. That skewed view of today’s global reality shows Americas a noble image of themselves as a beacon to a world of greedy, upstart wannabes who want to harm America because of jealousy over blessings such as freedom and opportunity. They are the undesirable illegal immigrants stealing jobs from hardworking Americans to enrich families back home in foreign lands, often even to America’s enemies and rivals.

Job outsourcing and job theft are just two hot button terms in the 2008 US presidential campaign. They are triggers for unconscious biases, xenophobia, radical nationalism and flexing of military muscle. But it is possible that the bull dog mentality itself may be counterproductive to the very aims of social and economic well-being that the country is trying to regain.

Information about the world is just Google News away for any American with a computer today. That investment of time and energy pays off by revealing the world as less threatening, hostile and alien than perceived. Even a casual glance at the world today through Google News or the BBC website shows the world is a global neighborhood grappling with issues not very different from those of the United States. It also shows that their issues impact on America and the gas prices its citizens pay.

One small example is the African country of Eritrea, established by the global ruling powers after the Second World War just as Israel was. Eritrea is involved in a territorial conflict with its parent country Ethiopia. The tiny country of Djibouti is caught between them. The stakes in that geopolitically explosive dispute go beyond issues of national, territorial and ideological differences and interests. They come down to the dollars-and-cents question of who controls the small canal that is the main waterway for oil tankers from the Middle East to Europe.

Similar pragmatic issues are at stake in the conflict between the former republic of Georgia and the present entity of Russia. Yes, national pride and show of power play a part. But bread and butter issues are the basic concern for all the 200 countries of the world.

The 9/11 attack on the United States introduced the term “jihad” to Americans as meaning holy war, much like the Medieval European Crusades were. In her first interview a week after nomination for vice presidency of the United States, candidate Palin repeated her view that the United States was on a mission from God in its war in Iraq.

With its 2008 presidential election, America has a chance to make peace with the world so as to create jobs for its people, free up trade and take up its natural leadership role in the world. Judging by its Constitution and its cultural traditions, the United States is a nation of builders, not destroyers.

Dog fighting pit bulls, on the other hand, are increasingly banned by civilized nations. Putting lipstick on pit bulls won’t change their natures.

Being proud of emulating a pit bull may be funny but it is also disturbing. Putting a pit bull a heartbeat from the presidency of the great United States is alarming.

Source by Helen Fogarassy