Saturday, November 01, 2008

It could be morning again in America

On Wednesday we could wake up and say that it is morning again in America. We could shake off the malaise of the last 8 years and move away from the fearful path that we have been on and move on to a road that can once again cause this nation to aspire and dream and take on the challenges of the world with enthusiasm and hope.

We may finally have a person in the White House who the country and the world may give a chance to do just that. Someone who by his very definition and background is an agent of change and a glass ceiling breaker.

It will also be a proud day for African Americans. 350 years after their ancestors first arrived in this country as slaves, a black man would stand poised to become the President of the United States (albeit a man who is not a descendant of slaves but who's children and wife are)

Obamas achievement will be the quintessential American Dream encapsulated in a single high profile life. This is the kind of story that inspires the "tired, the weak, the huddled masses, the wretched refuse of the teeming shores" to embark upon the tempest filled voyage to live and discover this great land that we all love.

Barack Obama's ascension to the highest echelons of power will show to the world that America, despite the last 8 years, is still in John Winthorp's words the shining city on the hill. It is still the groundbreaker, it is still good, it is still an example that inspires and it is still unlike any other country in the world. If Barack can be President then my son or daughter could one day be President. His achievement reiterates the possibility that in America anything is possible.

And if he does not win. He would still have gone where no one like him has gone before. He has showed us the way. MLK only saw the promised land but did not get there with us. Barack has taken us to edge of Canaan and has now sipped upon the milk and honey. It will remain either for him in 2012 or someone else to finally reap the harvest.

My sincerest hope for this country and for history is that harvest time will be now and not in four more years.

So tell everyone you know who is eligible to vote to get out there this Tuesday and vote. And until then those of us who have been disappointed for so long, those of us who have patiently waited through the long wintry night can but pray and hope for the sunshiney morrow.


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