“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


By Reid

CHANGE........ That was the buzz word for the election. Change means to alter ones course/direction. That we did last night in a big way. I stayed up watching the election results, listening to speeches, and trying to figure out where all this will lead. I have few answers for the future, but I will take a stab at a few points.

I am proud of this country, in that a vast number of citizens indicated that they actually do care about our electoral process enough to vote their minds. I am amazed at the turnout, and almost got to be proud of all those voters and supporters of Obama, but then the door was slammed.

A person of color was elected to be President. I never thought that day would come in my lifetime. I am not opposed to the thought, just felt it was still a ways out there. We still have not crossed the barrier of female leadership, but that day will come too, as well. We made a change. Unfortunately, that change hasn't taken us very far. Last night we were all reminded of how slavery, civil rights, hosings in Birmingham, etc. are still in play with the elected. No change, just different voices reciting the same old tired rhetoric of long ago.

Obama was not directly affected by any of the civil rights issues of the 60's. Why bring them up. Why not use himself as a beacon of hope, as a man to bridge the gap between races, as a man that will tell us all that bigotry and racism need to be ended. Why dredge up past history when all he talked about was change. A difference; something new; altering our current position; a change. Instead all we got was the same old tired, worn out, well trodden monologue of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

President Elect Obama, if you are a man of your word, if you truly have the courage you say, if you truly want this country to change, then start by wiping the slate clean on racism. Does it exist - absolutely, but it goes both ways. Will it exist, probably, because it goes both ways. But lets stop it now. Lets remember not remind, lets praise without destroying, let all know that our history is spotted, in many ways, but that we have learned from it and are moving on to a better place. Leave that legacy Mr. Obama and you will actually have started something that will help all our future generations. The one where color and ethnicity don't matter. Where change really did happen. By the way.....Good Luck Sir!!


Tracie said...

Doesn't it speak volumes that a black man can win the Presidency by a landslide? Does this prove to African - Americans that racism isn't nearly as rampant as they might believe? Will we, as a nation, finally turn the page?

Ed said...

Sadly Tracie, I think it'll only embolden the race hustlers to demand more from "whitey" America. Obama has already, with a straight face even, discussed reparations.

Tavis Smiley from BET already came out today and warned us not to think racism is over in America just because one black guy made it to the White House.

Pretending not to have had equal opportunity simply because the outcome wasn't equal is a way of life for generations of blacks. Bizarrely, the higher up the ladder of success they climb, the more they whine about inequality.

Tracie said...

Did you see the Illinois lottery for yesterday was 666? Kinda creepy huh?