This election wasn't just an election. It was a SUCCESSFUL REVOLT against a totalitarian government.
The jury may still out about Barack Obama, but whoever or whatever he turns out to be, he can NEVER be America's new dictator. His powers will be extensive, no doubt. His mandate was real, but the mandate was less to get "him in” (Hillary would probably have been just as good), than to get a "Dictatorship form of government out"!
And by God, that's exactly what we did.
During these last eight years, President Shoe (I mean President Bush) probably had more power than any President in American history. And of course, like all "temporarily" successful dictators, his power came from fascist terrorism.
The Bush/Republican neocons almost certainly engineered 9/11 to terrorize the American public into abject submission. And once they got their hooks into our Constitutional Republic, they began to systematically obliterate our Bill of Rights, our environmental protections, our educational systems, and even our health protections, etc., etc. You already know the agonizing list.
In short, they had basically limitless power and they knew exactly what they wanted to do with it (remember, the neocon cabal was planning their coup d'etat for years before the year 2000 stolen election). Indeed, the black heart of these last eight years was a marriage in hell between the elites and the neocon traitors who NEVER answered to or represented the United States of America.
Their agenda was to totally undo the moral/rational legacy of FDR and to declare total war on the lower and middle classes. This continued; of course, uninterruptedly during the 2006 deem congress of traitors, forever proving to us that we have a ONE party system of dem/pug puppets of national/international multi millionaires and multi billionaires.
Or to say it historically, the near totality of our government were and are simply "tentacles" of the vampire rich “Haves” (we already know who the “Have Not’s” are, don’t we?)