Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Great Day in History!


"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness
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Today, along with millions of other around the world, I witnessed History in the making.
At approximently 12pm today, I watched as Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Barak Obama as our 44th President!
Today has been hugely emotional for many people.... including myself.
I never thought that we would see a minority President in my lifetime... I cannot imagine what this means to those who have been around much longer than I have.... the significance to those who have fought for civil rights in this country throughout the last century. Those who have passed on before us... would they have believed this would have happened???
How fitting that President Obama was sworn in the day after we honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the sacrifice that he gave for the cause.....
It took 100 years from the Emancipation Proclamation until the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now, it has been 45 years since then and the United States of America... a nation founded by slave owners to further their trade.... now has an African American President.
This is a very proud day for many. This is a proud day for me.
I have hope in our new President and his new administration.
I pray that he and our new leaders in Congress can guide this country back to greatness.
We need jobs that pay liveable wages.
We need a healthcare system in this country that takes care of everyone.
We need an education system in this country that allows every student to get a quality education.
We need programs to help working parents to take care of their children.
We need programs in this country that will take care of our seniors.
We need to have amnesty for immigrants... papered or not.
We need real immigration reform.... that allows people to be able to immigrate rather than excluding immigrants.
We need to help keep businesses here in America.
We need to sustain the middle class.
Tax Reforms are a must! Taxes are not a burden on society when all of society benefits.
My kids are now growing up in an era where a minority man is president.
I can only hope that our government and other posistions of power continue to represent the makeup of our great nation.
We have come a long way....but we have so far yet to go.

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

We celebrated and enjoyed all the media coverage today and what a great day in our nation :-)