The following is a slightly abbreviated version of a message I sent to an American acquaintance studying in Japan.
You must be happy about Barack Obama's win. (Behind the scenes, the plutocrats stopped the Rovians from stealing the election.) While I don't agree with the political ideology (I'm against coercive democracy) in the linked article, it is correct that Obama is no "progressive." Check it out. Let me know what you think.
"CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE REAL OBAMA NOW?," by Sam Smith. Undernews. November 5, 2008.
You might want to spread the link around to your network.
If you want mundane, secular change, your friends and you are going to have to pressure the Obama administration and Congress for it. The less pressure that is put on them, the more that big-business, etc., will dictate.
Peace to you,