Sunday, November 9, 2008

Some thoughts...

It's been almost a week since the uncontested (and incontestable ) victory of Barack H. Obama in the Presidential race.

The hoopla has largely subsided, save the few whose fear and anger does not quench in the sweet, warm rain of historic events. On some blogs, the partisan gall continues with threats of gloom, doom and the end of civilization as we know it.

Now, for some of us, civ-as-we-know-it for the past eight years (and even before that), can't end soon enough. An imperial President, who feigned 'folksy' to appeal to the lowest common denominator, was not the country, or the government, we wanted.

It could not be other than that, one day, there would be a President of color and it could not be other than that, one day, there would bigots and racists who'd hate the very notion of that President.

It is simply progress... The nineteenth and twentieth centuries versus the twenty-first. Class versus equality, caste versus equality - and the silly idea that looking at someone's skin as an avenue for judgment bears serious consideration - versus equality.

The world that spawned the bigots, the racists and, indeed, the current semi-literate-in-chief, is all but over.

Already, the country is different... Progressives, including veterans who had, until Tuesday night, packed away that American Flag that had flown over the Capitol, were gone to the cellar or the attic or the desk drawer, to find and display those flags, so proud are they - are we, that America is offering us a promise again. Yes, I am proud and hopeful... Just today, the WaPo offers this:

"Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team."

Granted, this is merely evidence of President-Elect Obama doing the job we hired him to do, it also bodes well for our country, our freedoms and the most historic election on our lives.

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