Last night at dinner, I asked my kids if they knew what special event was going on in the United States today (yesterday). They thought a moment and Brian said, "I know! Elections!" And Honor said, "I know too. My teacher said people are choosing a new president.", then she went on to tell me how her kindergarten class then voted on their favorite foods. Pizza won, so they ordered one and had it for snack!
We talked about the election some, and the candidates. Guess I hadn't been keeping them too much in the loop, because as I explained that this was an election that people would remember for a very long time, because it could be the first time an African-American could be President.
Well... because of history, because of discrimination based on skin color...
Because that's what people did.
Why? A long time ago?
No. When your grandparents were kids, it would have been impossible as 'colored folks' were not even allowed to vote, share schools, eat at the same places, etc. When we were kids, laws had changed, but people still had a lot to work out and there was still a lot of bias and hate. (I had to define bias and prejudice for them).
Sometimes people are slow to change.
But change has come today.
Personally, I am not a Democrat - too socialist/communist. That doesn't help America. But the Republicans have totally screwed things up. Truthfully, I think either McCain or Obama would have been a fine choice for President (except for Palin - my god, what was that about?!)... but only domestically. If either had won, they'd have faced the same problems, the same need for moderation, compromise, and working across party lines. Both seemed to be equally competent and honorable. Both would have been a good choice for America. But the world. The world, I believe, has had enough of the Republicans for awhile. Probably enough of Democrats-business-as-usual too. Obama seemed to provide an icon of change. Change is what is needed. We aren't going to succeed with what the Republicans have been doing. Nor, do we want a pure Democratic agenda either... I do NOT think it will be allowed. I believe we will be seeing more moderate actions. As our Egyptian hosts would say... Insha'allah!
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And passing this on, because I like it (Thanks Richard for sharing it):
“Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Barack could run.
Barack ran so your children could fly.”