How can I possibly find something new to say after these last few days? It's virtually impossible, now that everyone has had a chance to put their spin on events of the last days, so maybe just a few of my own words on how I feel about everything. And how we finally got here in one piece.
I had written a blog some months back saying I was disappointed in Oprah Winfrey for putting her support behind Barack Obama. That post was gravely misunderstood and I immediately regretted not being clearer in what I was trying to say. I had been questioning how quickly Oprah backed Obama after so many years of saying we needed female representation in Washington and women should vote for a woman, given the opportunity. The opportunity arose, and Oprah didn't do what she'd been asking others to do because the woman candidate, Hillary Clinton, had an opponent who was an African American man. Oprah dropped everything she'd been advocating over the years and put her support behind him. For one reason – he was black.
I felt she was setting a terrible example for others, especially in lieu of what she'd been preaching to her hordes, and because the very last reason a person should vote for an individual is because of his or her color.
I eventually changed my thinking on the issue because I realized that it was just as bad for her to ask someone to vote for a woman based solely on that one fact as well. We hopefully choose people for what they stand for; what they can bring to bear and how well we think they will do in a position of leadership. Not gender – not skin color.
However, I do not want to rehash that old post. It's past – it's done, for whatever reasons Oprah gives for it now. She's a happy woman. I'm a happy woman.
I am thrilled that Barack Obama is our 44th president of the United States.
It's not that I think Hillary would have been a bad president – I backed her initially and I don't doubt her capability if she'd stayed in and gone on to be president. After all, she would have Bill's experience as president to draw on, as well as his wealth of knowledge from those years.
But I love what has happened now! I love that history was made. I love that I stood for over two hours in the pouring rain to help make it happen. I love that we have dared to take the first tiny step over racial lines, thumbing our noses at racism and recognizing a person who is ideal for our time. The world looked on and rejoiced along with us. Did we regain our respect around the world? I would say we did, quite a bit. The world also recognized what we were trying to achieve and now it's up to us to prove this wasn't just a fluke, a lapse from the same old inbred politics of the past. It looks like America may have finally grown up. No more bogeymen under the bed. No more running scared because a candidate says we'll all die if we don't get him into office post haste.
And the YouTube propaganda couldn't put a dent in the move to make this happen. Fear mongering, while still rattling some, didn't work this time. People wanted change and they weren't buying into the threats of "we're all gonna die," or that Obama was the Antichrist. Or even that he was evil incarnate number one, because he happens to have the middle name Hussein.
When I hear these kinds of things being said, I have a better understanding of how we ended up having eight years of George W. Bush. Stupidity prevails no matter how hard we try to educate. One example: using names as a measure of good or evil. Well then, it's certainly good we didn't end up with John McCain. For all those fearful prophets reading doom into the name Hussein, let me give you bigger things we could have worried about! John!!! Yes, John McCain. You want stupid logic? Here's a bunch! According to this thought pattern, a man named John would have certainly brought our nation to utter ruin. I mean just look at history, it's all right there. There was John Wayne Gacey. And John Wilkes Booth, John Gotti, John Dillinger, John George Haigh known as the 'Acid Bath Murderer' in the UK.
Oh yes, let's not forget John Hinckley Jr., as well as John Schrank, who attempted to kill Teddy Roosevelt. All just evil Johns. Can you see how dumb that line of thinking is? Yet there were people wringing their hands and sending out email warnings this 'omen' – this sign.
A name doesn't make a man. A man makes a name for himself! I expect that our new president will make a fine name for himself if given the chance, and that includes help from us, the people who will benefit the most from supporting him now. He has what he's coined as the audacity of hope. I do, too. I know together we can make this nation great once more.
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