It might just sound like something from a Star Wars sequel, but it is indeed the truth, and a most fitting title for this post; because after eight years of being the Evil Empire, I want nothing more than to get back to being a proud citizen of the Light of Mankind, the greatest democratic Republic in the history of Mankind. While I originally intended to write a post against John McCain, the Danger To The Republic; I feel that in the weeks since I last posted a piece of that Series, the case has already been made. I need not go and make a point that has been made over and over again by McCain, Palin, The Republicans, and closed-minded citizens of this country. It’s also fitting that since I’ve been trying to stay away from all the negativity of the campaign over the past few days, that I write something positive, because I’m starting to feel that way for the first time since the election began. Forget the polls…I’m being positive because I can just sense the shift of the mood of the people in the last few days; I don’t need numbers to tell me that. As I’ve already written in a previous post, my best friend, a life-long Republican is voting Obama, and that spoke VOLUMES to me, more than any poll ever could.
I’m the same age as Barack Obama, and like him, I grew up a child of innocence when our nation was losing its own, and being severely tested. Nightly body counts on the news from Vietnam, assassinations of RFK and MLK, and the counterculture were just part of what we witnessed. We also saw men on the surface of the moon, a President resign in disgrace, the fall of The Berlin Wall, and the death of Communism as we knew it. It was both a wonderful and tragic time to be alive and grow up in. The past decade has not been so kind to America (nor to me, outside of the birth of my two beautiful daughters). We are engaged in a war with a virtually invisible enemy, both from terrorist organizations, and those who would be terrorists truncating our Civil Rights in the halls of Washington DC. My own children are watching again news of a war in a far off land, like I did. They are also seeing cracks in the very fabric of our society, just as I did. While the parallels are astounding, they do not go unnoticed nor unheeded.
Barack Obama has seen this history with me, and has become a part of it already; with the wisdom of the American People, he will forever change the Presidency and make history yet again as the first African American President of The Unites States. The pain of the injustice of slavery, the Civil War, the rights of all men and women who marched during the Civil Rights Movement…it will have all come full circle. We brought forth upon these shores Africans as slaves, and this cost our nation dearly as we almost tore ourselves apart. Great men and women fought and struggled for the equality of black and white, man and woman, rich and poor. Now, we have the son of a black man from Africa and a white woman from Kansas who has the chance to not only change our nation, but all nations on this Earth. He represents the unity of race and the struggle of Americans over the past 232 years to achieve what is truly the American Dream. He represents hope that the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and countless others shall not have been in vain. That there was a purpose greater than our understanding at work.
This is why Barack Obama will make an excellent President of The United States of America.
Joe Biden is another patriot: a man of great courage and strength, who after the passing of his first wife and young daughter brought up his two sons as a single father before starting over with a new wife and being blessed with another daughter several years later. The fact that he still rides the rails home every single night to be with his family while other Senators stay in DC all week (or longer) is a testament to his down to earth nature. He has survived several health scares as well, and like the old saying goes, that which does not kill you makes you stronger. Joe Biden is infinitely a better man and a stronger person because of it. He understands the triumphs and the tragedies of the human spirit; he has a wealth of experience behind him in his own personal and professional lives. He still remembers where he came from, and that is always a good thing. He has been, and remains a man of modest means, while 97 other US Senators have accumulated more wealth than he. He has guts, and the courage of his convictions, and speaks his mind…and we need that right now, more than ever.
That is why Joe Biden will make an excellent Vice President of The United States of America.
We are faced with the most important Presidential Election in a generation, and certainly the most important one in my lifetime. At this moment in time, in this place we call our home…the odds have never been greater, the choice never so clear, and the fate of Humanity hangs in the balance. Our choice as Americans is clear: we choose a pathway toward a new hope, a new destiny, a new age for all of mankind…or certain destruction in the hands of those who seek to subjugate us and the rest of the world in their tyranny. We have these two men, who are the right persons in the right place at the right time.
And that is why I have hope for The Republic.
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson
AUTHOR’S NOTE: MY NEXT POST WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 5TH, 2008.
My deepest sympathies to the Obama family on the loss of their beloved Grandmother. Mrs Dunham…you did a hell of a job.