It could be argued that the real contest over who will be the next President of the USA is between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, the 2 Vice-Presidential candidates. Barack Obama, being black, stands a good chance of being assassinated. I am not being grisly or distasteful, it is just a fact. And John McCain is an old man who has had skin cancer several times in the last 15 years, and has permanent physical weaknesses from his maltreatment at the hands of the Vietnamese, during which period he twice attempted suicide. After his release, Navy psychiatrists commented that he “had an "overdeveloped superego" and an "unrealistically high" need for achievement.”
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This "unrealistically high" need for achievement is described perfectly by his Moon in Capricorn opposite 10th House Pluto. Moon in Capricorn implies a need (Moon) for achievement/high position (Capricorn). The opposition to Pluto in Capricorn’s House emphasises, empowers and neuroticises this need. This man really does need to be at the top, to the extent that even at the age of 72, when most of us have eased off and become free of that sort of drive, he remains desperately ambitious. Capricorn is a sign that only comes into its own with age, and to that extent I think we can trust that he really does want to do the job, and will have the energy to do so, assuming his health holds up. OK, there is probably a neurotic element, some sort of need for identity, but that just goes with the territory.
I think Sarah Palin was right to point out that Barack Obama has not sponsored any major legislation, yet has managed to publish a volume of memoirs. There is a hubris in that. As someone commented on one of my posts, Barack Obama’s decision to run for President - or at any rate a sense of a special, high destiny - probably took place when he was a child. This was also the case with the UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who was forced to admit to this recently in an interview. Meanwhile Boris Johnson, the new mayor of London, used to say when he was a kid that he wanted to be king of the world. It’s a bit shocking when you think about it that these people manage to fulfil their childhood fantasies, that we allow them to govern us.
Bill Clinton pointed out that he was a year younger than Barack Obama when he became President, and that age therefore need not be a factor. It need not, but by that time Bill Clinton had been Governor of Arkansas for 12 years, and had also had the experience of being voted out of office early in his governorship. So he did have political experience, considerably more than Barack Obama. Will Barack Obama be an effective President or won’t he? We have no way of knowing, for he has not been properly tested. Note I am not saying he wouldn’t make a good President. My point is that at this stage we don’t know and can’t know.
This is no way to elect a President, and it is a sign of US political immaturity that the Democrat party is prepared to countenance such a candidate. This would never happen in say Russia or China. They must be laughing. Astrologically, we can see this in Sun square to Saturn in the US chart: a challenged (square) relationship between the leader (Sun) and the requisite experience and authority for the job (Saturn).
The same applies to Sarah Palin: her only major political position has been as Governor of Alaska for the last 2 years. Yet she will automatically become President should John McCain be elected and then die.
As I have pointed out before, would it occur to any of us to appoint a highly skilled professional like a brain surgeon through a popular vote, and to allow candidates to stand who were e.g. plumbers, but could speak in visionary terms about brain surgery? Such a course of action would be considered mad, literally so. Yet this is exactly what we do when appointing someone to run the country, an equally skilled and responsible job. And what difference to the outcome does your puny individual vote make? Absolutely none, yet we are brainwashed into believing that such a system gives us the people the power, we are the free world, unlike those poor people suffering under foreign dictatorships.