It doesn’t take a special person to assess the nation’s financial problems and work with a team to create solutions. Anyone with knowledge, the right team surrounding him, & the ambition to do so can accomplish great things.
It DOES take a special person to incite hope and belief in humanity — to unite the disenfranchised, those who feel they have been ignored and forgotten; the ones who haven’t been given a fair shake; whose voices might be too small to be heard.
The Hispanics who are the first to arrive at work, the last to leave, & the lowest paid, that feel like they’ll never be more than dishwashers, cooks, bussers, gardeners, & maids.
The young black man in the saggy jeans and backwards baseball cap headed home from volunteering at an after school outreach program who can’t help but notice any white woman who passes him on the street grabs their purse a little tighter and walks a little faster.
The happily and endlessly in love gay couple who want nothing more than to officially commit their love to one another in a marriage ceremony and adopt a child into their loving home.
The young woman who chooses to take birth control or not, to believe in abortion or not… because it’s her body and she can care for it according to her beliefs & values.
THIS is why I marked Barack’s name yesterday.
You may not agree with my choice for a plethora of other reasons and that’s fine. I respect your right to choose and to have your beliefs and priorities. However, four years from now, we will look back on this day from either a high or low point and reevaluate the decision that was made last night. Regardless of what retrospect will show, I will never apologize for believing in & supporting the love, equality, & acceptance of other human beings. And if you can’t agree with that, then I feel sorry for you.