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What fate the American dream?

 

 

Global Geographic Times, People's Republic of China

The American Dream: The World's Real 'X-Factor'

 

While many people consider China to be the 'X-Factor' of the 21st century, according to this op-ed article from that country's state-controlled Global Geographic Times, the real wild card is which of the new wrinkles in the American dream proposed by President-elect Obama will end up coming true, and how the world will be effected by his relative success or failure. It says in part:

 

"Obama has become a symbol of reform - and that's a good thing. America needs reform. The world is waiting to see if America can change some of its own scumbag-evil defects. Otherwise, if it tries to play world leader, the rest of us will be less likely to accept it. ... Americans like to dream - dare to dream - but of all the American dreams that Obama has stirred, how many can be made real?"

 

According to The Washington Post, the stated author of this article, Ding Gang, is frequently assigned to important analyses. Chinese journalists say they believe it is a pen name used by senior editors or other party propaganda officials to convey official points of view ."

 

By Ding Gang [丁刚]*

 

Translated By Mark Klingman

 

November 6, 2008

 

Global Geographic Weekly - People's Republic of China - Original Article (Chinese)

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The American 'X-Factor': What will the consequences be after Obama's attempt to tackle all of the imperiled aspects of the American Dream? People around the world - including China - are waiting to see.

 

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Americans always say that the rise of China is the greatest "X Factor" of this century. Now it's our turn to say a few words about America.

 

After the U.S. presidential election, it was announced that Obama won. In China too, there were people cheering along, saying this was "a miracle of the American dream." I haven't experienced the American dream, and neither do I know whether Americans see Obama's election in this way. Certainly, on the electoral map a large piece of territory remained red (states that McCain won). One thing I'm sure of is that the American dream is the American dream, not the world's dream. The world can't afford the American dream!

 

Obama has become a symbol of reform - and that's a good thing. America needs reform. The world is waiting to see if America can change some of its own scumbag-evil defects. Otherwise, if it tries to play world leader, the rest of us will be less likely to accept it. In a family, if family members canít accept the head of the household, there will definitely be problems.

 

However, if an unchanged America is no good, an American that wants to change isn't necessarily a jolly thing, either. Americans had the courage to elect a Black president, but for them to truly accept him requires more than courage. It also requires patience. The same is true of those watching with great interest around the world.†††

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Those who have cheered Obama from the beginning may not have realized how they had pinned so many of their hopes on him. How can this not be a heavy burden? So as the world watches a tired-looking Obama set his hand to the task with such great expectations, it fears he might not be good enough, yet it expects him to produce bigger and better miracles. And currently the U.S. faces a financial crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and many other severe challenges. In addition, Obama has become a symbol of a blending of Black and White cultures, and as a symbol he can only do right and not wrong. For him there is no escape route, or the American dream itself would be shattered. Under such a heavy burden, miracles are easier said than done!

 

That is why, as Obama pleasantly surprises the world, he also brings a new "X-Factor." Americans like to dream - dare to dream - but of all the American dreams that Obama has stirred, how many can be made real? Americans can't be sure and people in other countries even less so. The United States is the world's only superpower and its every move will have a significant impact. Americaís uncertainty will surely make the rest of the world very uncomfortable.

 

Rather than cheer for Obama, let's calm down a little and watch how the United States changes.

 

(The writer is a senior People's Daily editor. This article was published in the, "Global Times," 11th edition, International Forum)

 

*Ding Gang is listed as the senior desk editor of The People's Daily

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US December 18, 5:30pm]