Amen. We are all lucky to be living in this momentous time. I am again proud to be an American!
I was born and raised in California, and had little exposure to racism during my life. I was raised by a wonderful woman who was a Democrat in every way. But in 1967, my experiences changed. I joined the Women’s Army Corps and flew to Ft. McClellan, Alabama. When I was finally granted leave, and could leave the base after Basic Training, I went into town and was shocked to find (still) whites only bathrooms, and drinking fountains, and so many other forms of racial discrimination practiced.
In my relatively short life, I have been privileged to watch a remarkable change come upon this nation. We still have a long way to go. California, a “blue” or liberal state, enacted discrimination and hate, with the passage of Proposition 8. At least my county voted it down. I know how it happened. Some voters were confused. In voting “Yes” on Prop 8, they thought they were insuring gays the right to wed, when just the opposite was true. I spoke with one who did that.
Yes, change is a’comin’ as Dylan has sang, but more change is needed. I want to see tolerance, love, and hope as the norm, and bigotry, hatred, and fear as the abherration it truly is. I want to see our views expand so that we are all world citizens, not just citizens of our small little place in it. I want to see us transform ourselves into the incredible beings of which we are capable.
I am very hopeful. I do not expect Obama to work miracles, other than the one he already worked. He is inheriting a real mess in so many ways, and I am clearly not hopeful that one man can undo decades of bad decisions, especially in eight years.
Nonetheless, I am hopeful because I see that the American people, the majority of them, anyway, have finally come awake. I am hopeful because so many who haven’t bothered to vote, are now doing so. I am hopeful because our young are interested and involved again.
That gives me hope more than the man we elected. He is human, and will not be able to accomplish everything. But he has started to divert this train-wreck we call government back toward where it began — a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.