The power elite in America have charted a course. They are "staying that course" and of that you can be certain.
We may see a minor reversal or minor setback to this through the election of a democratic majority in Congress. Certainly within that Congress there are a few individuals who appear to understand American political history in its true sense and understand the social issues that America and the world face, but that individual is a rarity.
Although both parties are rooted in advancing corporate American interests, the Democrats still seem to hold out a miniscule rotted twig upon which the social concerns of the vast majority of Americans, cognizant of it or not, precariously dangles.
While the Democrats temporarily come into more power, don't think for an instant that the folks that brought us all of the vicious perks relished by the Bush administration are going away.
On the contrary, they merely go back to the great "think tanks" in order to concoct the blatant ideologies for the next great Republican/ neo-conservative power grabs, brought to us sooner rather than later or never.
The Bushites are like wide eyed children let loose in a utopian store filled with the Earth's greatest and most tempting treasures - the power, the wealth, the control, the subjugation, the warring, all dizzying and intoxicating. You don't just give that up, the thought doesn't even enter that mind stream. In fact they have no mechanism for reflecting on how that power grab affects the peoples of the world.
To these people Jesus wears the same clothes and has the same hairdo as Newt Gingrich. He's all for war, and if you become wealthy on the backs of the middle classes and the poor of "your country" or someone else's "your country" then all the closer you are to living in heaven and deserving of the adulation and worship of the minions.
Just take a glance at this: World faces hottest year ever
This is only something to chuckle at. Power itself is omnipotent and far more important than such trivialities.
The next year is shaping up to be the year when the previously greased mechanism of that unlimited greed, actually comes into contact with some minor friction for the first time in four years.
What will the sparks look like? Some of that is up to the people themselves and what demands if any, they make upon their elected officials and the media. They could be cleansing jolts or micro static tinges.
But the people are really easy to distract, you can tell them anything and they believe it. It just has to be wrapped correctly and contain 1 part fear, 1 part racism, 1 part lies, and 1 part jingoism. Also that gift needs to change from day to day because nobody remembers anything anymore. There is no more long term memory. Bush has a swell old time with this fact, mouthing words that jump from one side of the river to the other with impunity and contempt for all.
Its weird, ultimately the people have all the power but they don't really want it. What do you do with that?