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Yes we can!
November 5, 2008 - John Stack
A new era of hope has come to America. Be you black or white, liberal or conservative, one must acknowledge the historic moment played out last night. Set aside for a moment disagreements on tax policy and the direction of the Iraq war. A black man is president of the United States. Who would have thought it possible? I had thought it would be historic, as I had pegged Hillary as the next president. I didn’t think Obama had a chance. Being black sure wasn’t demographically ideal. A LIBERAL democrat, not even a moderate. With a name that sounds awful like the most wanted terrorist on the planet. I didn’t think he had a chance, and I know I wasn’t alone. I think Hillary’s early lead was truly unfounded. People wanted to vote for Obama, but even blacks didn’t think he could win. When he showed strong, I believe there was a sea change, one of ‘I think he can actually win!’. When that moment happened, Clinton was left in the dust.
How far have we come? From the days of Jackie Robinson not being able to sleep in his teams hotels even as he was a superstar in baseball. From the days where there were segregated drinking fountains. From the days when Rosa Parks was being forced to give up her seat on the bus because of her color. From the days when blacks didn’t even have the right to vote. Where school children had to fight and put up with untellable abuse for the privilege of attending a white school. From the days when Governor Wallace stood on the steps to stop Vivian Malone and James hood from registering for classes at the University of Alabama. When President Kennedy had to call in the National Guard to guarantee their entrance.
Lest one think it was just the big cities with large ethnic populations, we Northern New Yorkers proved that wrong. Clinton, Essex, St Lawrence and Franklin counties are extremely white. Yet, Obama won no less than 56% of the vote in each of these counties.
Let us all bask in this historic achievement. There will be extremely tough, trying times ahead. There will be plenty of opportunities to second guess policies over the next four years. For now, we have recaptured our country’s soul and there is hope for the first time in a long time.
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