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president elect 08: Barack Obama

 

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Tonight the people of the United States spoke, and the man we chose to be our next President is Barack Obama.  

Regardless of your stance on the issues or your candidate of choice, everyone should be reminded of some important truths that transcend the election of 2008:

Wednesday the sun came up and I was happy. It is still morning in America. The candidate I voted for did not win, but I got to vote in a free and fair election. Power will be passed peacefully and the Constitution is intact.

We should never take that for granted.

The United States of America is still a marvelous place to live. People suffering in the Sudan would trade our worst day, economically speaking, for their best. Citizens in more prosperous China do not have the chance to throw the rascals out.

The sun is not setting on the American experiment. It is still rising, because there is still work to be done expanding the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all citizens.

It is glorious that an African-American has been elected President of the United States. Slavery was the original sin of the Republic and racism remains the bitter experience of too many Americans. The election of Barack Obama will not end racism in the United States, but it is a positive, symbolic step forward.

Each one of these steps brings us further to Dr. King’s dream of a society where men and women are judged on the content of their character and not on race.

John Mark Reynolds over at Scriptorium Daily serves us all well by bringing some perspective to the morning after.

 

***Note: As I write this, I listen to John McCain’s concession speech.  It must be said that McCain spoke be great honor and dignity.  Say what you want about his politics, but you must recognize that he is a man of honor who bowed out graciously.

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