I know the title of this posting will get the backs up of everyone hoping that McCain and his fruit loop of a VP candidate are elected, but stick with me. I'm not going to argue the merits of Obama over McCain or the Democrats over the Republicans. Instead I want to look at what the polls tell us about America, and what the result will confirm.
All the latest polls show Obama with an average lead of around 6%. Taking in to account the margin of error, this means that Obama should be elected. That in itself is staggering, given his ethnicity and the negative, sometimes racist overtones of the efforts to stop him. But it tells us much about how America has changed.
An America which a few decades ago set dogs on black voters at the polls, a United States that just 8 years ago blocked roads in black areas of Florida in order to make voting harder for them to vote, should elect a black president. What an historic moment that would be. It would underline that the USA has changed, not its politics, but its demographics.
The growth of the latino vote has been talked of for some years, but this would end the dominance of white north European Americans, and show that the USA truly is a land where any immigrant can aspire to be what they want to be.
So why should we all hope the polls are right ? Because if they are wrong, if "The Bradley Effect" repeats itself where voters tell the pollsters that they will vote for a black man, but cannot actually bring themselves to do it, it will show that America has not yet matured and has not let go of its prejudices from the past.
I am not saying that Republicans who believe in John McCain's messages and beliefs have to vote for Obama to prove this. What I am saying is that the polls indicate McCain is behind and if people can tell the pollsters this, they are saying that the US has changed but they must follow through with it at the polls if we are to really know that it is true.