We all aspire for our country to remain great as the 21st century progresses. Barring some unforeseen developments, studies indicate that the Caucasian population is likely to constitute a minority by 2050. For a country to be great in the long run, a significant majority of the population has to embrace its goals and ideals. For people to embrace something, they have to be active participants in its challenges, benefits and evolution. While wars and economic crisis tend to overshadow this issue, I believe that one of the critical challenges of the Obama presidency is to continue empowering all members of our society.
The reticence of intelligent and educated people like Pat Buchanan to recognize and embrace the importance of appointments such as Judge Sotomayor in President Obama's quest to keep a changing America great is symptomatic of the magnitude of this challenge. The line of questioning by the conservative members of the Judiciary Committee in the course of the confirmation hearings is equally puzzling: If all cases were a matter of strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution, how does one explain that the Supreme Court rarely returns unanimous verdicts? Awareness and proactive approach to the evolution of social, economic and political aspects of our society is crucial in avoiding the painful lessons of the failed societies of the last 100 years.