In America a Dutch slave trader exchanged his cargo of Africans for food in 1619. Three hundred and eighty-nine years later the first black, Senator Barak Obama, has been selected by a major political party as their nominee for President of the United States of America.
Last night was clearly one of the proudest moments in my life. It shows the boundless resilience of America. This Nation has seen it fair share of hardships, disasters and regrets but through it all we have persevered. WE THE PEOPLE symbolize the very best that we are. It challenges each of us to rise up above our fears and pettiness.
America is a creation unlike any other nation on this planet. We fled religious persecution and fought our oppressor for independence. We traveled through our own created purgatory as brother killed brother during the American Civil War. We stood against evil during two World Wars and triumphantly and humbly took our place as a world power.
Like a confused adolescent wrestling with the question, “Who am I and what do I want to be?” We became bogged down in one undeclared war after another; we lost our innocence as our politicians lost our respect. WE THE PEOPLE had now been translated into I AM A MAN. The Civil Rights Era had begun and like the Civil War it would challenge and reshape our Nation. We stepped out of the darkness and stepped foot on a new world and in planting our flag we declared to all that America was of age.
Will Senator Obama become our next president? The truth is it really doesn’t matter, because it’s not about him. It’s about how wonderful this Nation truly is, and that no matter what WE will persevere.