Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Being Alive During History!
Right now I am watching history being made. Barack Hussein Obama has won the U.S presidential election. In a country where race has always been, and for the foreseeable future, will always be part of the national dialogue, it is nothing short of amazing that a black man(I hate any -blank-man terms. It should really be a man or woman who HAPPENS to be -blank-)will lead the last true super power in the world. No disrespect to Hillary Clinton, but electing the U.S.'s first female president, as historic that would be, still would not come close to how monumental this is.
But Obama is more that just the U.S.'s first black president. It signals that U.S. voters(and the rest of the world, for that matter!) are FINALLY burnt out on 8 years of Republican tyranny. John McCain did absolutely everything he could to distance himself from W, but it looks like no one was buying it. You really can't be a maverick, when you voted 90% of the time with the Bush administration.
It seems unbelievable, but Obama seemed to make even the cynics believe in hope again. Hope that America can be the beacon to the rest of the world, it used to be considered. Hope that the common man will be represented in Washington, not just oil interests or Iraq contractors. Hope that maybe, just maybe, the ONLY western democracy in the world without a guarantee of universal health care, will finally take care of it's most vulnerable citizens.
Now Obama will have his work cut out for him. The honeymoon will be short and the expectations will be huge, but I'll predict that even if he only implements 50% of what he has promised, it still will put America much further ahead in the eyes of Americans and the world, than 8 years of Bush ever did.
I must also give credit to John McCain for a respectful, gracious and classy concession speech. He even held his hands up to signal the boo-ers to stop. He knows now, more than his own supporters, that it is time to put aside their differences and get on with the business that is The United States of America.
Congratulations Mr. President Elect, now the real work begins. From this Canadian, here's hoping you will make not just America a better place, the world.
Now if only Canadian elections could be this exciting and earth shattering!!