November 12th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Zakaria: America the future again

"Fareed Zakaria GPS" this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

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:

Three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which is the civil rights cause of our times. One day we will look back and wonder how people could have been so willing to deny equal treatment under the law to a small minority — and Tuesday will stand as one of the most important moments marking the end of that cruelty.

Two other states voted to legalize some recreational use of marijuana, which will surely mark the beginning of the end of the war on drugs. This may be the most costly, distorting and futile war the United States has ever waged.

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  1. james

    You are right Farred, legalize drugs and put the money we spend on a futile war into rehab. Let people marry who want to.Legalize Polygamy for all I care. Keep only violent folks in prison. Scrap all the medical nonsense and have Socialized health at half the cost.Close down 90% of the IRS by having a no frills tax system.And stop career politicians
    In fact, go back to Geo Washington and John Adams and have no mega political parties that pollute our democracy. Then we can say, "America is the greaest nation on earth" with some sense of meaning. Someone wake me up, please!

    November 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  2. svpyadav

    Respected Mr. fareed Jakaria Garu,
    About U.S future, last 4 years, Mr.Obama tenure, U.S got not much of grouth in all feilds, and some times shaked the Govt. with Global crices and they not yet taken any precautions for that crices, but he got President Post again. And in Exrenal affairs also U.S govt. not taken major role in front of World community, because of there is no manipulation.
    In my verdict, count down started to U.S.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed the spirit of pioneering has still a place in many Americans' heart. Don't lose it! It has to be as steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:06 am | Reply
  4. 100 % ETHIO

    Those UNCHRISTIAN Satanic movements, who are intentionally ready to destroyed American Christian tradition and its founding values, must not be tolerated. We have to fight them before they killing US.

    SODOMITE and ILLICIT DRUGS are Satanic. Its consequences are to make US look bad in the World view and to cause Civil-war among American Citizens.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply

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