Illegal Jesus

As the dust settles

Posted in 2008 election, personal, political, the personal is political by writerwriting on November 6, 2008

These are historic times. These are times of joyful weeping, of glimmering hope, of we the people and yes we can. These are times of love and of pride, of young black men holding their heads high, of mothers telling their sons there are no limitations on you. Change is possible, more possible than it has been in years. In the words of Indie Goddess, it doesn’t feel like we elected Obama, it feels like we elected ourselves. For the first time in years, I feel as though I can do things and achieve a result instead of being ignored by my government.

As we approach Obama’s first day, and first 100 days, in office, we all need to keep in mind what he stated in his speech. He will not be perfect. Change may not come in one year or even one term. We all must rise up as one nation, as one people, to affect the change we want to see in this country. There will be much opposition to this presidency. It will come about through laws and as sad as the probability is, violence. If this administration turns into what we hope it will be, what we elected it on, we must remember why we elected him. When the opposition says he isn’t doing enough fast enough, when they say he has failed when he has not, when we are asked to make sacrifices for the betterment of this nation, we must remember why we elected him.

We can’t sit back in our homes and wait for Obama to restore our place in the world. We can’t sit back and wait for the economy to right itself, we can’t sit back and wait for Joey B. to help Obama take action on Darfur. We can’t sit back and wait.

This is our time. This is our moment. Social change has never been more within our grasp than it is right now. We have elected a president to these great united states – not north, not west, not middle, not south but all, united – who not only acknowledges the existence of the poor and hungry and weary, but listens to and understands them as well.

Take this moment to rejoice, to celebrate, to bask in the awesome piece of history we are witnessing before our very eyes, and then roll up your sleeves and get to work. Our president needs us, both those who voted for him and those who did not, to help him achieve the change our country needs.

We’ll get tired, we’ll get dirty, and we’ll probably have to face a series of disappointments before we reach the prize. When that happens, remember why we elected him.

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth — that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can.

President Elect Barack Obama, November 4, 2008


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  1. Kimberly said, on November 6, 2008 at 6:43 pm


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