This blog was written on 11/6, edited on 11/10 & 11/14, and finally published on 11/14.
November 4th, 2008 was going to be a history night no matter of the results – A black President or a female Vice President. HFCIT! As the results were announced it quickly became clear that Barack Obama was soon to be the President elect.
Tears were flowing, not my own surprising, but on the faces of so many others. America would never be the same. 40 years ago a man said some bold words:
“`There’s no question about it,’ the attorney general said. `In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.’ … Kennedy said that prejudice exists and probably will continue to … `But we have tried to make progress and we are making progress. We are not going to accept the status quo.
– Robert F. Kennedy, Washington Post May 27, 1968
40 years and a few months have passed. What an amazing country I live in. During the past 8 years, change took place peacefully through a process established by the founding fathers. We elected representatives because the previous representatives weren’t doing their job the way we wanted.
Now, a man with a new agenda and a new approach will have his chance to prove himself. A key difference between the present and the future administration is the world. The world awaits the new White House ‘Overload.’ Bit of techy web-terminology sneaking in there.
Now what does this mean to ME?
It means I’ve had an opportunity to learn about myself and my friends and family.
“Um, how so G?”
Funny you should ask fearless reader. I have learned who is willing to debate with facts (numbers, documented proof, etc.) Who likes talking points. Oh boy those are fun – Socialist! Terrorist! etc. Who is afraid. Yep. After 7+ years of being told to be afraid and to think about “terrorism” it’s hard to throw off the weight.
But there can and I believe, one could say hope, that things will be different very soon, one could say change. The new president elect is a man of faith and yet will make decisions based on fact(s). He is very intelligent and yet he has proven that he will surround himself with people smarter than himself to make sound decisions. People are told they have a say in their Gov.T yet he is one of the first politicians to reach out to the national voice with new technologies. Cchecck out change.gov. We’re in for a wild ride.
The little that has come out of the transition camp already is proof enough.
Science, reason, and discourse will live in the White House again. Welcome back/home!
This, to some, is awful. The ‘religious right’ has led the USA for so long and people that followed their lead are blinded by traditional politics and faith based agendas. Tit for tat. Enough already. It’s time to open our eyes and see our country for what it is. We are a secular nation. Our laws and legislation are NOT meant to be based on religious morals anything. Enough already.
Soon, I hope, Michael Newdow’s case regarding the phrase “under God” will be decided and we can get back to “…one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Oh yea, and that Constitution thing. A president elect that is a Constitutional scholar. HFCIT!
There is nothing to be afraid of peeps (that voted for McCain/Palin). This man is not going to take away your soul. He is not going to spread your money around to other people. In fact, most of you will get more money BACK because of him. Then it is up to you to decide if you want to use it or save it.
On a last point… Minorities were lifted up and torn down on November 4th. A minority saw a man rise to the highest position in the USA while another minority saw their right to marry disappear in the blink of an eye. I’m very happy Question 1 failed in CT. What would/will my friends and family say about the Question if prompted? It saddens me to think there isn’t one answer.