Got a couple of things I want to say before I launch into yearly in-law visit extravaganza.
First, I feel a bit harsh leaving Damn you, Missouri up for a long time. I typically do not like to damn anything...sorry Missouri. On a political note I did not mean to offend John Mccain supporters because I know he seems like a good guy. It is just that I really, really dig Obama's chili. I am not hatin' on Mccain.
I wanted to comment also on the historical election of Obama. It is amazing that an African American can finally accomplish what has been reserved for the good ol' boys club for too long. What an amazing, awe-inspiring, and deeply rewarding victory on so many levels! I will never forget the sweet feeling that washed over me when he won. I finally felt like America had awoken from a bad dream into a better reality that had resided in our hearts for so long previously. It was unseasonably warm here in St Louis on election night and I had the living french room doors open to the warm breezes. Living in a house built one year after the civil war ended. The wood in this house saw a different day. People living here in this very room lived slavery. I am proud to say that I have a secret passage way under my house that leads to caves that were used in the underground railroad. The school through the field next to my house was built sometime during the 1820's. This school is actually where I casted my vote for Obama. It was one of the stops and these caves hid people heading to a new future. So my land is inherently good. Somehow the ages swirled around my head intoxicating my heart. Jubilant. Here I was in 2008 and not only is slavery gone but a black man has the ultimate power to care for a nation that he once upon a time had no say in his own life. Dare I say that we have evolved enough to finally allow the best guy to win despite gender or color? Apparently we have. Which leads to my next sentiment.
I know Mccain supporters. People who are close to me and whom I care about. One of the questions asked of me several times was what has Obama done? Are you supporting him because of color or his accomplishments? I can sort of understand the question but on the other hand if frustrated me. I agree that he is a young man compared to the average age of many presidents however experience with politics or age does not necesarily make a better president. Sometimes, I think that a soul was prepared for an important job and cultivated for a position. This is how I feel about Obama. He is a smart man, a kind man, and is an insightful man.
The first time I saw Obama was when he was running for senator of Illinois. He made me tingle and the hair stood up on end. Before this I had learned to take care in politics, do my due diligence, and make an educated vote but never had I felt like singing to the heavens for a vote. But he makes me feel that way. He makes me want to be a better citizen....a flag flying citizen!
Regarding his color....that is just a bonus! I would have voted for him whatever color he had been. But, we got a bonus in this election. The best candidate was an African American. So not only did I vote for someone who inspired me on a soul level but I also got to cast my vote in history.
I am pleased to say that his actions thus far and the level of care he is taking his job is commendable. He seems very pro-active. It makes me smile that some of the Mccain supporters I mentioned even have had nice things to say about what he is doing. Which proves my vote again. He is bringing all of us together:
"It is that fundamental belief -- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper -- that makes this country work.
It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: "E pluribus unum," out of many, one.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America.
There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.
We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?"