On Election Night, when-in spite of the supposed worst performance in the history of human debates, and in stubborn defiance of the “likely voter” model of Rasmussen and Gallup, not to mention the prognostication of Ann Coulter and Dick Morris-Barack Obama was officially declared the winner of Ohio, and in effect the Presidency, I cried.
I cried tears of joy, partly for what I hoped lay ahead, but honestly much more for that which I thought had been prevented.
There would be no President who considered “47%” of the Country irrelevant, No President who condescendingly considers recipients of Social Security or College Loans, or Veteran Benefits -“takers”, no President who stayed silent as a Gay Soldier was Booed, no President who advocated for misery induced self-deportation, No President whose tax policy was unmistakably adversarial towards math and logic.
In essence, I thought our Country had dodged a Big-Science Hating, Poor Ignoring, Black Avoiding, Gay/Immigrant Fearing, Wealthy/War Loving-Bullet.
That said, I wasn’t frankly so sure about what our Country had retained, about what the liberation of re-election would mean for the President and his agenda.
However a number of events since then, from the tragedy in Newtown, to the Fiscal Cliff negotiations, have provided clues as to the Barack Obama, as to the 2nd term President who has emerged from the 2012 election.
And then– yesterday’s inaugural speech served to underscore this unmistakable evolution of man, of approach, of purpose, of President.
Yesterday’s address represented-from the most powerful position in the world, an endorsement of many truths, which regardless of whether the Founding Fathers fully realized, or-if I dare mention them in the same sentence, modern day Tea Party members care to accept, are unequivocally self-evident, and devoid of qualification.
“We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.”
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Unalienable rights- contingent not on gender, or race, or sexuality, meant not to be forever controlled, and moreover constrained by the circumstances of our birth, and never to be prematurely taken, be it by a members only health care system that turns you away, an unfair justice system which puts you away, or an inexplicably legal Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle– which takes it all away.
Call that Partisan. Call it Liberal.
I call it American.
I knew that the Romney/Ryan ticket, that their vision of America, was antithetical to these truths, to these rights, to the evolving journey towards America’s constant ideal.
That’s why when they lost on November 6, I cried tears of joy.
But now, after hearing the President reaffirm his commitment to the realization of those oft cited but never fully realized American principles, after hearing him passionately and proudly speak to a more inclusive, and more fair, and more perfect vision for America–
I cry tears of joy
No longer for simply avoiding a return to yesterday, but for the promise and hope, for a better tomorrow.
I cry tears of joy- not simply because the other guy lost..
But more so because this guy, the right guy, Won.
Be Good Friends,
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