Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
--Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733
The above quote from one of my favorite poets came to mind this morning as I contemplated Obama's victory. My hopes for this country have been on hold for such a very long time that I have bordered on despair for a very long time. I know -- judging from the blogs and comments I've read this morning -- that there is a euphoria in the hearts of many. I felt some of it myself last night.
I am intensely proud that a young man from humble beginnings, and, in his wife's words, "grew up regular" with the added burden of mixed race heritage could rise to the highest office in the land. Only in America can a story like that happen. Shades of Horatio Alger!!!
I watched his speech with great interest as he displayed his vast oratorical skills and challenged us as Americans to work with him for America in an brilliant, articulate and logical fashion. "Yes. we can." are powerful words and I hope that we all come together to do our individual part to reach the goals he put forth. His candidacy energized us -- for or against -- as a nation and that's a good thing. I hope that people finally understand that voting really is important and definitely makes a difference.
The things he outlined that we can do to rebuild our nation will not come without a certain amount of pain, sacrifice and yes, dissent. Speaking as a person who has survived huge changes and challenges, I am well aware that change is messy, painful, and takes us out of our comfort zone. I also know that it is necessary for our survival.
I fear for him and his family as the nut cases will always be with us. I pray that they are kept safe. There are those who will slander and attack him verbally inciting those less stable to ill-conceived action. And I worry.
I came of age during the strife of the civil rights movement when many gave their lives for this cause. I lost friends and classmates in VietNam and am now seeing my friends' children and grandchildren being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm tired of losing our citizens here and abroad. I am tired of the divisiveness that has permeated our society and eroded our hopes and dreams.
There is not a black America and white America and Latino America
and Asian America -- there is the United States of America.
-- Barack Obama
It's time, my friends, to for us to come together and restore the United States to the glory it deserves. No, we won't blindly accept as gospel everything Obama asks of us -- our Founding Fathers in their infinite wisdom allowed for that in our Constitution. But yes, we can work with him to find solutions we can all live with in harmony. My hope is that we do it. May God bless us all in this endeavor.
Yes, we can.
P.S.: I know this is a bit disjointed but I wrote it off the top and from my heart.