The Day After

It is the day after one of the most historic days in the history of the United States. The electoral process works and the people of the nation have expressed their will. Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the United States.

This is a momentous and exciting time for our country. There are several reasons for this.

The first is that the nation has elected its first Black president. Many people, especially from the deep South, have been quoted as saying that they never thought that they would live to see the day that an African American would be elected to the White House. Our nation has come a long way to be able to see past race and see issues.

Second, people have declared, by their vote, that it is time for a change in our country. It is time to name and address the critical and pressing issues that are bearing on the people and families of America:

  • a broken economy
  • a 6.1% unemployment rate (which does not include the ranks of the under-employed and those unemployed who have quit looking for work because they have simply not been able to find any)
  • 47 million medically uninsured
  • a shrinking middle class
  • an ever widening income gap between those at the bottom and those at the top
  • a struggling education system
  • a crumbling infrastructure
  • a crony relationship between government and big business
  • an unpopular war in Iraq

And, third, there are many good people in our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country who care not only for their own families, but for their neighbors as well. People have voted and are ready and willing to be a part of bringing positive change to our nation.

Will America ever be a perfect nation? No.

Can America be a better nation, with greater care, equity, and justice for its people? Yes.

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