My reflection on the election
I wrote this and posted on my Facebook on November 5th, 2008 after the election of Barack Obama.
Today is such an amazing day. Albeit it’s 70 degrees in Milwaukee on a November day and that would usually suffice enough to call it amazing; but now it’s post 11-4.
Today, 11-4 should ring as loudly as the terror that brought our country to its knees on 9-11. Since that day we have been living in a post 9-11 world and it has had quite a grip on us in regards to our decisions and outlook in our lives. We have lived in such fear that it was used against us by our government to wage wars, pilfer our paychecks, and make irrational decisions to corrupt what is ours. We were blinded, and we needed someone to lift our imagination out of hopelessness and the mockery our country was facing worldwide. We were weak and not by any measure the greatest country on the planet anymore. The beacon of democracy that was trademarked by its freedom and dreams of a better life was suddenly in a fog of indifference.
Today, after talk in the past 8+ years of the need a revolution has been met. In America, protests are not looked upon favorably anymore and usually will just lead to unwarranted arrests. We needed another path to revolt, but in the quiet and calmest of fashions, one with focus, character, inspiration, and above all the hope we needed to regain a foothold in the country the people have lost. The quiet revolution has only taken its first step, only giving us a fighting chance, to look deep down and find back the fabric of who we are and rebuild what has slowly been taken away from us.
Today, at minimum I feel less tension and animosity between social divides. More so, I feel like there has been country of falsely created categories meshed back one, Americans. Last night total strangers black and white high-fived, hugged, fist-bumped, and more importantly smiled with glee, with an underlying understanding that the hatchet has been buried. It feels really good to exchange a feeling with total strangers on this day without saying a word.
Today, we should all begin thinking about those sacrifices we will need to make in order to make our country great again. It’s going to take all of us to volunteer, teach our children, go the extra mile, work a lot harder, and make choices, even if difficult, in the short term be for the best in the long run. We must not let this opportunity pass and we can put all of the hope and future on the shoulders of one man. He is we, and he is only guiding us and helping us shape of what he knows we have the possibility to achieve.
Today, like I said is an amazing day. We are celebrating the election of Barack Hussein Obama; a man with such a funny name my spell checker doesn’t even recognize it. I’m sure that’s another change we need in a post 11-4 world.