Friday, October 24, 2008

Redemption Song


In response to my post, someone asked me what I really thought was going to change.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the question.

I suppose I believe that having a Democrat in office will change our national direction on a number of policies and issues that are important to me.

I’m voting for the Democratic candidate because my beliefs most closely align with those of the Democratic Party.

I am voting for Barack Obama solely because I believe he is the candidate that best represents my policy interests.

That said, the possibility of seating a Democrat in the White House doesn't completely capture why I’m so excited about this particular election.   

It's not the Democratic Party, their policies or even Barack Obama that makes me well up with hope.

It’s our country, it’s us.

I’m fantastically excited about what it might mean for our national culture if we elect a person of color as President.

Just think what an historic milestone that would represent...

Think of the progress we could make if more white Americans learned to accept, follow – even embrace - leadership from African Americans and more broadly, people of color.

While we have made many strides since the civil rights movement, our nation continues to struggle with issues of race.

Obama winning feels like it could be good medicine.

I think we need this.

We need to be unified, across our differences.

What was that Aesop said?  

Oh, yes...

United we stand, divided we fall.  

I believe in that.

One nation.  Under God.  Indivisible.  With liberty. And justice. For all.

I’m out-of-my-mind with excitement because there is an increasing possibility that  we are on the verge of breaking down a barrier, crossing into a new frontier, and charting new territory.

I can't predict exactly how a change in our national ethos of race might look, but I am hopeful that American racial politics will change for the better.

I weep tears of joy at the sheer possibility.

33 comments:

JoeinVegas said...

He'll be having a rally about a mile from my house tomorrow, my wife has already logged in for tickets. Good work on your fund raiser - glad you are doing something instead of just ignoring the election.

Frank.Sugar&Spice said...

Very well put. I have to agree on everything you said, and even add a few concrete things that would most likely change right away like:

Making torture illegal again.
Taking concrete steps to actually curbing our enemies instead of just ignoring them.
Taking steps to get us out of the war sooner rather than later.
Taking steps at reforming healthcare which happens to be a major achilles heal of America right now.

I could go on and on but those are pretty big, immediate changes that I hope to see under an Obama administration and that I would not expect under a McCain/Palin ticket.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

And I weep them with you...
Joy, oh Joy, oh Joy!

furiousBall said...

i'm still nervous about waking up and being surprised by the red states again.

BOSSY said...

Pass the hanky, Bossy is *right there* with you, sista grrrrlfrien'.

Ponygirl said...

I feel the same way but live in a unique place where we are already governed by people of color and *gasp* homosexuals and atheists. I don't think everyone in this country is ready for that extent of change but I say GO OBAMA GO!

carrie said...

The most important change he will bring is HOPE, for all of us.

What could be more important than that?

ps - i loved this.

Lisa Milton said...

Exactly. I don't put my faith in one man; I have faith and hope in US.

Hope the house of Joy has a great weekend.

Leendaluu said...

I am so so excited I think I am going to pop. This is such a momentous event. My 50th birthday is on the 5th and I keep telling everyone that I want Obama as President for my birthday.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

There is more, much more to it than this, although what you have written is VERY VERY important.

But, in addition to all these reasons, Obama has a fresh perspective on EVERYTHING. He has yet to be tainted with "this is the way we always do it." But he has enough experience to understand what needs to be done and how to do it. It's a perfect combination, in my opinion.

I have turned into a complete news feed junkie, and for example, he has already declared he would create a cabinet level position on technology. A CTO if you will. THIS is the kind of thinking we need in DC. Because, TECHNOLOGY is our best hope for 2 major crisis we are facing: the economy and energy.

His grasp of technology is evident all the way through his campaign. There was even a really dorky geek post where programmers went and looked at the code behind Obama's and McCain's web sites. Obama's was completely clean, all up to standards, and even used Spanish language tags for the Spanish version. McCain's was a complete mess. Now, granted this is a small indicator of the whole package - but it is symptomatic of the whole difference between the two candidates, IMO.

Obama just GETS IT.

LSM said...

I had a phone conversation with my mother yesterday. She told me about her experience taking my grandmother (90) and my great-aunt (96) to the polls for early voting. Early voting where thosee two children of the very-segregated, Jim Crow South both cast their votes for Obama. It literally gave me chills. Chills and hope.

gunfighter1 said...

Well said.

Vodka Mom said...

and I will wipe those tears, and shed a few of my own!!! brava......

(In)Sanity Gal said...

I hope that we will all wake up on November 5th and join together in that sense of elation and joy.

Joie said...

I am putting a bottle of Dom (a gift -- I would never spend that much on something to drink) in the fridge because I do believe we will be celebrating! (and crying tears of joy) Thanks for your post.

Anonymous said...

I believe that no matter if a Democrat or a Republican enter the white house this election it shows that change has been made. Either a man of color or a woman could have a position of power in the white house,very exciting indeed. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, this election shows that times are changing in the minds of the American people. It shows our youth that you can dream big and be anything.

Nicole from Arlington, Washington

Mrs. G. said...

It does feel like it could be a new day.

The Super Bongo said...

I worry that the hole has been dug so deep that really no one person can fix it. However, I think that electing Obama will inspire enough people to be patient . . . to play their parts . . . and together, we will fix what has gone off the rails in the last 8 years.

Hope and inspiration . . . the first step to recovery.

Rockzee said...

I agree. Having a person of color in the Oval Office has the potential to change everything, and that is exciting beyond belief. I can imagine when my grandchildren are my age, they'll look at old news footage of our news anchors describing people as "black people" and "white people" and think of it as odd, because they'll be living in a time when people are just people.

CJP said...

I completely agree. It's even bigger than the US, though. We have lost our standing in the entire world. Electing Obama will be a huge step - not only his belief in (gasp) diplomacy, but his face as the face of our nation. Really making what America is all about front and center. I pray with every fiber of my being that we will wake up with optimism on Nov 5th.

Ruth Dynamite said...

Yesssssssss!

Fingers crossed until it's all official.

Sheri said...

You wrote what's been in my heart. I'm so excited, full of anticipation, and finally, full of hope.

Ben and Bennie said...

Exactly! One man will not make the difference. But a leader with the charisma of Obama will unify us once again as a nation. He has awakened something within our conscience that I haven't seen in my lifetime. From my mom's perspective, she compares it to when Kennedy was elected.

All of us need to become involved in governing our country. It's time we take back the ability to tell those elected what we the people want.

BTW, all the comments have truly been terrific.

Little Monkies said...

Chills, misty...I just want it all to be over. I feel so like you do, it's time for some real healing and I feel energized and willing to work, to sacrifice, whatever we need to do to get the US back on track. But I need an inspirational leader to do it and that's why Barack's my man.

Love to you!

Dorothy said...

What a wonderful and different view of our election. Thank you for giving me these thoughts. I always say divide and conquer..and didn't you say it as well.

Dorothy from grammology
http://grammology.com

Jerri Ann said...

I am no into politics on a local level, never have been and so the words "beliefs align with mine" are so odd for me to try to say when I comment on either candidate but, my gut tells me that the words that are said by our Democratic candidate feel good, feel right and that's what I have to go with. As for my beliefs, that's another big ball of wax.

Jennifer said...

I'm sniffly and weepy, too, over just this. I had a phone call tonight (just posted about it) that sums up the whole ride for me. *sniff, sniff*.

The sheer possibility!!

Christina said...

I am with you 100%! (Many thanks to LSM for pointing me to your post after she blogged about her wonderful relatives voting)

There is so much to be excited about with Obama and I will be a nervous wreck until Nov 5th!

Christina said...

I feel much the same as you. If he's elected, on Nov. 5 so many more children in this country will have new hope that they really can be anything they want to be, even if you aren't white, or have a "weird" name, or was raised by a single mother who wasn't from an established rich family.

Personally, I'm ready to see that pattern of old white guys on the elementary school classroom walls come to an end. Especially when this man has so many inspiring ideas to help everyone in this country, not just one small group.

megachick said...

having a person of color in the white house would be momentous, indeed, but it still has to be the _right_ person. i fear that a lot of people are voting for obama simply because he is a person of color, and that is just affirmative action all over again.

i'm not voting for him because i don't think he's the right person for the job, but i fear people will assume that those who vote for anyone else are just racist.

Anonymous said...

I am also ready for more diversity in the White House. But I too wouldn't want to vote for someone *just* because they were a different race. I'm voting for Obama because he cares about some of the issues that are important to me--healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions, and early childhood education, for example.

I'd love to see a woman in the White House, as well, but again, not *just* because she's a woman.

The Sour Kraut said...

I cast my vote for Obama yesterday. I couldn't believe the number of people there in the middle of the day. The line was out the door. I can't wait to see what happens on Tuesday. I'm just hoping his supporters don't become complacent because of all the talk of his lead. I hope he sends a strong message tonight to go vote no matter the length of time it may take. I know I'm going to break down weeping if he wins.

Hetha said...

Oh you and I both OTJ. I've wept a handful of times just imagining the sea tide of change that it could bring to our collective psyches to have a family of color in the white house. It's incredibly moving. I'll be in tears on election night no matter the outcome.