Záchrana generála Petraeuse

PRINCETON – Spojené státy během jednoho krátkého týdne klesly z vrcholu prezidentských voleb na dno politického sexuálního skandálu. Pro mnoho Američanů demonstrovaly volby to, co je na jejich zemi nejlepší, ale pak následoval smutně proslulý proces srážení hrdinů z piedestalu. Pro mnoho Neameričanů přinesly volby vítané a uklidňující vítězství Baracka Obamy, zatímco rezignace Davida Petraeuse na funkci ředitele CIA byla zbytečnou ranou, kterou si jmenovaný zasadil sám.

Ve skutečnosti jsou však volby i Petraeusova rezignace částmi širšího celku: Ameriky, která žije podle svých slibů.

Volby připomněly mnoha Američanům, že USA jsou zemí oddanou a schopnou pokroku – pohybu vpřed směrem k určité ideální vizi. Obamu podpořila koalice menšin: Afroameričané, Hispánci, Američané asijského původu, američtí muslimové, homosexuální Američané a Američanky, ale i nedostatečně zastoupená většina v podobě žen, které vesměs vnímají pokračující nerovnosti a nespravedlnosti, jež je zapotřebí napravit. Vítězi se však stali všichni, kdo věří, že Amerika je skutečně oddána „stejné spravedlnosti pro všechny podle zákona“, kterážto slova jsou napsána na štítě budovy Nejvyššího soudu.

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