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    Question Meaning of two sentences

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    in reading the following original text, I'm in doubt as to the maning of two short passages (let me signal them between **).


    Could anybody please explain to me what they mean?

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    Obama’s election represented something of apassing of the torch to a new generation of Americans defined by their relativediversity and cosmopolitanism. ** This has led to a widespread expectation ofan increasingly – and prohibitively – “liberal” American electorate. ** But a detailed survey this year by the PewCenter gives a more nuanced view:Younger Americans may be more socially progressive, but they also haveless faith in large institutions and government solutions.The result may be an America more solicitousof social tolerance and economic fairness – but it is unlikely to embracegreater government regulation, social engineering, or transfer payments.

    Of course, this increasing libertarianismis concentrated in certain areas of the United States – specifically, thoseless densely populated.With increasingreferences in these regions to secession and “Second Amendment Remedies”, it remains to be seen once he leaves office how much of this is Obama-specific.But, as our survey of the rest of the worldshould indicate, this is likely a deeper phenomenon:As everywhere states break apart, powerdevolves to regions, and technology empowers individuals, the strength of theworld’s liberal societies lies precisely in these very, centrifugal factors. In short, assuming the Free World successfullyfences itself off from the dark forces massing outside its borders – ofchaos on the one hand and an iron-fisted order, on the other – it will face increasingdisorder, disunity, diversification of authority, and dissolution of itsinternal borders.Consider it thegeopolitical equivalent of the “creative destruction” Schumpeter described ascentral to a liberal economy.

    ** But good luck being the political leadercharged with holding it all together. **

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    Re: Meaning of two sentences

    This has led to a widespread expectation of an increasingly – and prohibitively – “liberal” American electorate.
    I am not sure exactly what they mean by "prohibitively." I guess they mean that the "liberalness" of the electorate would prohibit those with other political ideas from running for office.

    The coalition of voters who elected Obama was thought to usher in a new era where progressive, leftist ideas (what in America is mis-called "liberalism") would rule triumphantly for a long, long time. The young and the emerging minority majorities (i.e. "people of color") would ensure electoral success for "liberal" Democrats for the foreseeable future. Books were written about this new electorate and how the Democrats would be in charge for at least 40 years.

    So, people were expecting the electorate to be "liberal" and to grow more and more "liberal" over the years.

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    Question Re: Meaning of two sentences

    Thank you.What about the last bit,
    ** But good luck being the political leadercharged with holding it all together. ** ?

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Nov-2014 at 21:55. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Meaning of two sentences

    It's a sarcastic "good luck" trying to do that. Because you will need a lot of luck, because it is virtually impossible.

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    Re: Meaning of two sentences

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Nov-2014 at 21:56. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Meaning of two sentences

    Just click the 'Thank' button, please, instead of making a new post.

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    Re: Meaning of two sentences

    People who make predictions based on the results of the last election are usually wrong.


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