I went to the polls yesterday, and marked my ballot for Obama. It was a somewhat reluctant vote, but I considered him the better of the two by far. I strongly believe that the Republican party has disgraced itself (to be cordial) over the past eight years, and could not see McCain as being much different. While I’m not so excited about a number of points in Obama’s platform, I do see him as a very even, quick-minded individual that will probably be an excellent leader in the tough years ahead.
When McCain conceded and it was announced that Barak Obama was the President Elect, I think something very, very big happened. It was like I heard a loud click last night, and the entire populace simultaneously came to the realization that things are going to be very different. It was as if a necessary balance was restored; something that goes well beyond the past eight years. There is a lot of garbage in the American psyche, and I believe that this election helped us reconcile some of that.
With the election of Obama, the divisions of race have seen an enormous blow; possibly even a death knell, if I may go out on a limb. Yeah, yeah, there will always be bigots about, but I have a great feeling that there will be far fewer of them. Things are different.
I’m feeling at home again and that I look to the future with (cautious) optimism.