- November 5th, 2008
I wasn't able to watch the election results on tv the way I had wanted last night, and was informed of the presidential results by text of a friend rather than the evening news coverage. However, later in the evening I caught re-runs of part of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. It brought tears to my eyes and began to cry, as I finally see hope in true change in the way this country's direction will go in the future. Every election for the last 20 years...I've not seen nor felt that hope. My affiliation set aside, I've been displeased with the presidential results and the direction of this country since I started following politics as a teenager.
The McCain/Palen ticket scared the shit ouf of me. Palen's views on abortion classified as "creationalist" are so extreme, yet she is such a hypocrite (in my opinion) with her constant flaunting of not just being a hunter of game, but finding pleasure in the killing of wolves and other game in her home state. I find it ridiculous that she can stand there and talk trash about a woman's right to choose and be so extreme as to not care about a human life at risk due to a pregnancy in the name of "God's plan", but then chooses to slaughter animals just for the fun of it. Didn't "God" create the animals as well?! I'm so THANKFUL that the Republican ticket failed!!! McCain would have continued the Bush administration for another four years.
Obama's acceptance speech was nothing short of brilliant. I cried to finally see a Black American break through to the top office and I personally see so much of MLK in Obama. Granted, I was born after MLK's death, but studied his life extensively as most of us do in school. I've always believed and have taught my children to look beyond the color of skin, disability, gender, and orientation and look at the spirit and soul of a person. I'm saddened by my eldest child not learning that lesson, but I hope for light to change his heart eventually one day.
Anyway, Blessed Be for this day, as it is the beginning for a new America.