Same old same old in the U.S.

by FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA

For a nation facing an array of serious questions, it was an unserious campaign.

On the day after the day after, the drama seems less dramatic. Americans did what they usually do. The question is whether doing the usual thing is a sufficient response to the unusual circumstances of the United States.

Americans re-elect their presidents. Parties get two terms in the White House, and then Americans switch. Since FDR, who won four elections, it has been thus, with Bush Sr. as the exception.

Since the Second World War, Democrats have served two terms (Truman), followed by two Republican terms (Eisenhower), then Democrats again for eight years (JFK, LBJ), followed by eight of Republicans (Nixon, Ford). In the 1990s, the Democrats got their two terms (Clinton), followed by two for the Republicans (George W. Bush) and now back to two Democratic terms (Obama).

The post-war exception was Ronald Reagan, the only American titan since FDR.

When it was the Democratic turn for a second term in 1980, Reagan beat Jimmy Carter, and then he managed to hand over the White House to his own chief lieutenant in 1988, George H.W. Bush. After those three terms, Bush was defeated in 199

Read more . . .