November 8th, 2012
06:10 AM ET

The emerging America

By Fareed Zakaria

Growing up in India in the 1960s and 1970s, I always thought of America as the future. It was the place where the newest technology, the best gadgets and the latest fads seemed to originate. Seemingly exotic political causes — women’s liberation, gay rights, ageism — always seemed to get their start on the streets or in the legislatures and courts of the United States. Indians couldn’t imagine embracing all American trends — in fact, we rejected some things outright — because they were too edgy for a country like ours. But we had a sneaking suspicion that today’s weird California fad would become tomorrow’s conventional practice.

For me, Tuesday’s elections brought back that sense of America as the land of the future. The presidential race is being discussed as one that was “about nothing,” with no message or mandate. But that’s simply not true. Put aside the reelection of Barack Obama and consider what else happened this week

Read the full column at the Washington Post

Topics: 2012 Election • Politics

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  2. M Niazuddin Khan K A S (Retd.) Bangalore

    When venerable Peter Drucker,"Father of Managemen", was asked the reason for his immigration to America,he stated that he found America is a country which faces the future.This was, I beleive, before 2nd World War.Fareed Zackaria is absolutely right.However,Americans need to be less neurotic and consider every innocent life in other countries as precious as theirs.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed, being ignorant of America's demographics have proved Mitt Romney's undoing. Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican party's most prominent Hispanic figure, advised Mitt Romney, that the party needed to win over Hispanic voters if it hoped for success in November and beyond.

    At the party's national convention in Tampa, Florida, a pair of cowboy-hatted Mexican-Americans from south Texas hinted the answer. The Republican Party of 2012 is a very, very white political movement, dwelling on a nostalgic era in the 1950s and 60s. They have to move on, or else they will be left behind.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply

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