It’s official, Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States. I’m pretty excited about the future, but perhaps for a different reason than most.
The media has been focused on his victory as a triumph for black people, and how he is the final culmination of all the effort put forth by those great Civil Rights leaders in the past. And they’re right, sort of. It is a great moment for race in America, if you think race matters in America. I for one, don’t think it does. Maybe that’s because I’m white and I haven’t experienced race issues, but for all the talking I’ve done, reading I’ve done and people I’ve listened to I’ve only heard race mentioned in this Presidential race by 2 kinds of people; The Media and people I would term as a little bit country (personified by a white guy of about 60 with a drawl and usually some stubble on his face).
No one else gives a shit about race.
The thing I found the most inspiring about Obama’s victory last night was that it was a victory for the little guy. It can best be summed up by the first three words of the Constitution. We the People.
We the People took back our political process from lobbyists and corporate interests.
We the People beat back the GOP and Clinton political machines.
We the People voted with our feet, our volunteerism and our small checks that WE were ready for change.
We the People said NO MORE! Our country will not be controlled by those with the deepest pockets. We WILL NOT ALLOW this to happen anymore.
We the People decided that we had hope. Hope for our future. Hope that we could take back our country. And Hope that we would be victorious.
WE were. WE ARE.
We the People need to make sure this fruit doesn’t die on the vine. We need to feed and nurture it make it grow. We need to make it grow so future generations don’t have to go through what we’ve gone through in the recent past, and what we’ll be experiencing in the near future.
Ben Franklin was asked way back in 1787 as he left the Continental Congress if we had a republic or a monarchy
“A republic, if you can keep it” he responded. A republic, if you can keep it.
America, it’s time to keep it. It’s time to stay involved. It’s time to earn it. WE have to pay back these founding fathers now with our action. Don’t let this enthusiasm die. Feed it and make it grow.
Together, WE CAN. Together, WE WILL.