If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
…. young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
Thinking of Maya Angelou‘s poem:
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise…..
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
With the phenomenal event of graduation from outdated divisiveness, the nation of America is finally living up to the words of its founders.
In 1956, the nation was suffering through the height of the cold war, and the McCarthy communist witch hunt. Partly in reaction to these factors, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution to replace the existing motto with “In God we Trust.”
In 1869, George M. Beard (1840-1883) called “the American disease”, arising from so-called “civilized morality”— hidden conflicts due to hypocrisy. Today’s dysfunctional remnant from 1950s, image over substance, must be minimalized before it can be erased. The American habit of believing in quick fixes must be addressed.
Now it’s ‘Cool America’
By Kent Ewing – HONG KONG – Finally, after eight years of insult, embarrassment and shame – it is once again cool to be an American living abroad. The George W Bush debacle is mercifully over, and it doesn’t matter if you are black, white or otherwise. Suddenly, you’re cool. Your accent is cool, your mixed heritage is even cooler and your willingness to embrace that larger world outside the borders of the United States is cooler still.
What a difference a presidential election can make.
- NEW: President Bush: Obama victory represents a triumph of the American story
- World leaders congratulate Barack Obama on winning U.S. presidential election
- Most stocks rise in Asia as Obama win seen positively; markets fall in Europe
- Kenyan President Kibaki calls Obama victory “our own victory”
President Bush said the people had chosen a president “whose journey represents a triumph of the American story.”
He added: “It will be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House.
“I know millions of Americans will be overcome with pride at this inspiring moment that so many have waited for for so long.”
In the interest of unity, I will share thoughts from eric at THE TYGRRRR EXPRESS:
The American people have spoken.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.
John McCain conceded. There are no hanging chads or recounts. The election is over.
There will be many days ahead where I will offer everything from analysis to criticism to self reflection.
Today, as much as I am disappointed, I offer only congratulations.
Senator Barack Obama won this race fair and square. We can argue about merit and policy, and in the coming months we absolutely will. However, getting elected in politics is a game, and Barack Obama played it well enough within the established rules to win.
Was he lucky? Absolutely. Yet winners capitalize on lucky breaks. Barack Obama cannot have predicted the financial crisis, but enough Americans felt that they could trust him with the nation’s highest office.
Am I worried? Absolutely. However, I am willing to wait and see. Barack Obama is a complete mystery to me. There is still much about him that we do not know.
Is he a stark raving leftist ideologue or a ruthless cold pragmatist?
Will he govern from the left or the center?
I want to see his cabinet.
For now, I want Senator Obama to know that I love my nation more than I ever disagreed with him. I saw how the left treated George W. Bush. I will not become part of an angry mob. I do not hate this man. I genuinely want to work with him.
If he truly wants to govern in a bipartisan manner, I will hear him out. If he decides that those that disagree with him are enemies, than I will work full throttle to protect and defend what I believe in. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
I have more interest in this country now than in the past eight years. I feel I now have a voice in the direction this country goes. I am engaged in constructive participation. Having my fate dictated to me by those who seek to crush my character into their own image has been excruciating. The burden of living in the shadow of murmured threats, is growing lighter with each day following November 4, 2008. I hope my expectations are realistic enough to accept that recovery will be slow and methodical. Replacing the mantra of exclusive privilege with inclusive consensus will be slow. To bring the level of education in this country up to a level that can address America’s place in the Global Community, will be a daunting task. Gathering the discipline to be responsible for our own actions, both social and economical, is a great personal test. The mental and physical health of America is the priority, after we resolve the wars and conflicts that are dragging the us down.
My expectations are: return of accountability to the electorate, return of accountability to the taxpayer, return of accountability to those who sacrificed to create a country of dreams by defying elitist european monarchies to create a land of equal opportunity for all.
America must discard the P.T. Barnum world view, our foreign policy must accept and respect other countries right to self governance. American interests are tied to the health of those countries we trade with. But, we must always address the horrors of genocide with intervention… Genocide and tyranny can no longer be a spectator sport. The words and actions of America must not contradict each other, anymore.