I've been wanting to write something about this entire election process, but I just haven't had time.
For the first time in a very long while, I'm filled with a sense of hope for this nation. After this election, I've had a renewed sense of pride in calling myself an American. In the days leading up to the election, even with Obama leading in every possible poll everyone could think of (even the Fox polls!), I was afraid. I was scared of the Bradley Effect, the Wilder Effect, and every other effect there is to define closet racism. The days leading up the election, I found myself crying watching Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. It means SO MUCH right now. This election was EXACTLY what Dr. King was talking about. My coworker made a comment telling me not to compare Obama to Dr. King as they were not the same thing. He misunderstood my intention. I was watching Obama's speech after Dr. King's speech not because Obama's black or what Obama is going to attempt to do is in any way related to what Dr. King did. It was because Obama is the realization of Dr. King's dream.
I'm a liberal. Am I a bleeding heart liberal? No. Am I a moderate liberal? I would probably have to say no to that as well. But even with my own admitted liberal bias, I don't see how Obama was not the CLEAR CUT answer in this election. As much of a maverick McCain claimed to be, he still believed in the same economic principles that George W. Bush believed in. And, in my opinion, if you believe that the economic policies of deregulation were to blame for the brunt of this economic disaster, a vote for McCain was a vote to continue much of those similar policies. So, with such a clear cut answer, how could middle class Americans possibly justify a vote for McCain? Unless of course, white America is trying to mask some lingering racism.
And that's why this election meant so much. That's why Dr. King is smiling in heaven (if there is one) right now. He wanted his kids to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin and THANK GOD, that's what happened. I wouldn't believe it. The polls, the pundits, the people.. I thought the election was going to be close. When the west cost polls closed and Wolf Blitzer came on and projected that Obama would surpass the 270 votes at only about 11:00-ish, I was astonished. The American people came out and collectively anihilated any sense of cynisism that I had about the intelligence of the average American. The right man was chosen for the toughest of jobs. And he was elected not because of the color of his skin, but with disregard to it. The nation, the WORLD had cried out for change, and we the people have opened that very possibility.
It was one of the most amazing days in my life.
And although I don't live on the TOP of a mountain, I do live on a mountain and let me see loud and clear..
Let freedom ring, let freedom ring. God almighty let freedom ring.
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