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Obama will usher in a new chapter in American history




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November 11, 2008 | 3,898 views | 32 comments

“America seems to have lost its way,” writes Chuck Norris in his new book. “As a people, we seem more divided than ever before.”

Will all this divisiveness change with the election of the first black president of the United States? At any rate, that is the hope of those voting for Barack Obama. It wasn’t that long ago, that blacks and women were not even allowed to vote. Now the glass ceiling has been broken. Hillary Clinton came close to being nominated -- and likely would have been elected -- as the first woman president. Sarah Palin came close to being the first woman vice president.

It’s grand to usher in a new chapter in history -- one of inclusiveness. At long last, white Americans can cleanse themselves of guilt stemming from the history of slavery.

As President Reagan liked to say, it’s morning in America, and this new dawn is brought about because this “change” brings an African-American family into the White House, not as servants, but as the official residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The country -- no, the world -- awaits as events unfold. The challenges are many, as were the promises made during an impassioned campaign. Not all will agree with Obama’s political policies, of course, and it remains to be seen how much of the campaign rhetoric will actually become policy.

Certainly those who contributed the $650 million to his campaign will exert great pressure on him to deliver on those promises, but once inside the White House, things change. That’s because when candidate Obama made those promises, he was not privy to information that will be available to President Obama.

With the worldwide economic crisis, two wars, and America’s own fiscal dilemmas, the pressure on President Obama will be extreme from all sides.
Some may hold out hope that his policies might be more centrist as, in the latter part of his campaign, his messages were more toward the center. Bill Clinton similarly campaigned to the center, and I remember hoping at the time that he might carry through with some of those more conservative-sounding promises, but, alas -- it was not to be. Only time will tell where a President Obama leads this country.

Race was not the only historical aspect of this campaign. It also saw record amounts of money raised, record numbers of impassioned young followers, unprecedented use of the Internet, and the complacency of the media.

Questions remain: Will it now be easier for whites to criticize blacks, or will it still be OK to criticize a black only if it is a conservative such as Condi Rice?

Will Obama’s election bring an end to the cries of racism brought against anyone who disagrees politically with someone who happens to be black? Let’s hope that this election will mean that we can, once and for all, participate in dialogues that discuss political philosophy without being called a racist.

Will this election mean that the Jesse Jacksons of the world will realize that their brash, outward hostility toward society is no longer necessary, as blacks have been legitimized with a vote of confidence from the majority of Americans?

Could this, in fact, mean that reports about someone arrested -- or someone recognized for their achievements -- no longer have to include the caveat that he is a “black man” as opposed to just being “the man”? This would be a good thing, as we are tired of being sliced and diced by the media.

The message from this White House must transcend all this in order to heal and unite this country as Obama promised throughout the campaign.

Let us hope and pray that our leaders find a way to heal this great divide.

For as much as I want to assuage my own white guilt and accept this man as our leader, there are real doubts and disagreements about his philosophies and his scant record.

Still, we recognize his assignment and give him the benefit of the doubt as well as our support and our prayers. We pray that he will be successful in his leadership because, if he is not, our country suffers.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Linda Sandiford  
Memphis, TN  
April 4, 2009 10:51pm
 
Upon doing a Google search of my name I noticed this post - which I did not make. I am curious as to how this paper can allow someone to use my name and give out the city where I live without checking anything. What if this person ... More ›

 
AskWhat CanYourCountryDoForU  
Austin  
November 23, 2008 9:57pm
 
Let's summarize what Obama has done so far to bring about a new day and to give hope you can believe in...Well, he's put all of the old Clinton Cronies back to work and arranged for his kids to attend a very exclusive private ... More ›

 
South Texas Conservative  
Wilson County  
November 20, 2008 12:55pm
 
Mike, Too bad you don't know me because I am one of the most unselfish people you'd ever meet. I also understand that all our pity -- mine, yours, and all of America's -- will NOT solve the problems with the poor and ... More ›

 
Mike  
Floresville  
November 20, 2008 9:48am
 
Your condescending attitude doesn't bother me. I know that you want me to feel bad about myself. Greed has no conscience. Any means to your end will be utilized. I tell you that 26000 children die every day of malnutrition ... More ›

 
South Texas Conservative  
Wilson County  
November 19, 2008 11:21pm
 
Mike, You sound so pitiful. I do feel sorry for you. Perhaps you misunderstand. The American dream does not mean "rich" but it means opportunity. It also means you you can choose to be miserable which you seem to be, ... More ›

 
Mike  
Floresville  
November 19, 2008 11:20pm
 

 
Mike  
Floresville  
November 19, 2008 11:14pm
 
STC, Yes, I am a common man. What are you? A unique snowflake? Just because someone is an american, it doesn't make that person special. We are told since infancy that we will grow up to be wealthy and famous. How ridiculous! ... More ›

 
South Texas Conservative  
Wilson County  
November 19, 2008 9:25pm
 
Mike, Take a chill pill. Why in the world would you think you have to be a common man? You live in America, man!

 
Mike  
Floresville  
November 19, 2008 9:05pm
 
ST Con, Unions will always be necessary; otherwise workers are just a commodity. Yes unions too can be manipulated. There are plenty of evil men, and they will do all they can to make sure that the common man stays ... More ›

 
Mike  
Floresville  
November 19, 2008 8:49pm
 
Ken, Yes wealth needs to be redistributed. Do you know about how the english aristocracy stole the english commons from their countrymen? Do you know about how all the land in this country was stolen from native americans? ... More ›

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