On November 4th, 2008, my political party may not have won, but more importantly, our nation did. To date, we took the largest leap forward on race relations while simultaneously distancing ourselves from an embarrassing and despicable time in our nation’s history.
The election of Barack Obama to the Office of the President of the United States made a clear statement to the world that we still intend to lead with a keen awareness of our gift of diversity. We once again present to the world’s stage our motto, from many – come one, or e pluribus unum.
The importance of our early diversity as well as present cannot be underscored. It’s easy to reach agreement among a bunch of likeminded folks, but to get a diverse population of 305 million individuals to come together is an impressive feat in itself. By the time our nation’s face hits the world’s stage, we’ve already explored an issue 50 ways to Sunday.
This unified message to the world is critical if we are to continue to attract those yearning for what we have been blessed with. To attract the attention of some of the worlds most oppressed and misfortunate alike, we must shine our beacon of freedom as bright as possible. We can only accomplish that by employing the energies and vitality of every one of our citizens.
Let us use our own political processes and forums for debate, when we venture out into the world; it’s time to speak as one. We spoke as one on November 4th, 2008, however, the debate rightly continues within our borders. We are better today for the advancement of our ideas, namely that which believes any one from any group of our citizenry is deserving of the position that which he or she attains. Congratulations to our 44th President of the United States. It should mean as much to us as it does to him.