Friday, November 07, 2008

Yes we can

Yes we can…

Anyone who has ever read any of the words I have posted here on behalf of our order knows how strongly I am against George W. Bush and his policies. They got the country into both war and massive debt. Am I Democratic? Yes, you bet I am. But that is not why I am delighted at the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States.

Down through the decades the words of Dr. Martin Luther King of echoed through my mind and across the nation…

…I have a dream

This week part of that dream was realized.

Beyond that we have a president elect who has sought to bring Americans together and move America as a country past racism. Has it happened? Not yet? Will it? I hope so…but just like the old joke about a thousand lawyers at the bottom of the ocean “It’s a good start.”

Sadly I have already read words by someone I will not dignify by putting their name to the words:

“Obama's post-racial promise Barack Obama seduced whites with a vision of their racial innocence precisely to coerce them into acting out of a racial motivation.”

Its almost as if the individual concerned is upset that our president elect wants to move the nation past racism. As an individual I have been subject to a lifetime of hatred. As someone who is a nun and was born inter-gendered it continues – daily. When I see a president who is determined to a difference is such a way it moves me to the depths of my soul. I am glad to have lived to see this day.

But will Obama be able to deliver on campaign promises?

Not since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a president elect inherited such massive problems as Obama has been left to face. It is as if the man was been faced with a broken nuclear reactor, handed a pair of tweezers and told “fix it.” Already there have been republic politicians in the news complaining about a Democratic Congress and a Democratic presidency touting to the news cameras “the last time the Democrats controlled the Congress and the Presidency they choked on the responsibility.”

What in the hell does that even mean?

Does it mean that there are Congressmen and Congresswomen who would rather see our nation in the pits of a greats depression just to see Barack Obama fail as a president? If so my response is, time to give up your seats in the house and senate to someone who will aid the nation in a bipartisan manor.

Will Obama succeed? Will he lead America out of a financial crisis? Will he bring an end to the war? No one knows for sure, no matter how much politicians with bile in their mouths and anger in their hearts my think they do…

…but I hope he will.

Julie Whitefeather