Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Forbidden topic..

i was brought up to never ever talk about politics... or religion... not if i didn't want a heated discussion............. and as i hate .. HATE.. heated discussions - or fights as i call them - i have for the most part avoided political discussions or religious discussions...

Our election a couple of weeks ago.... left me feeling bored and totally disinterested.. even before folks went to vote .. most of us knew the outcome.. there wouldn't be one... as the expression goes.. "the more things change the more they stay the same".... and now we are faced with yet another election up here in the Great White North that brings about as much enthusiasm as watching grass grow (for me anyway) ........ it will be another nothing will change election...........

BUT .. to sit up here in the Great White North and watch the elections south of the Border these past 2 years.............. WELL.... wow.

In my entire life (so far) i never thought i would see something new and exciting.. i think of my grandmother and all the new and exciting things she witnessed in her lifetime.. airplanes and television...automatic washing machines.. god the list really is endless.. and it was something she often talked about.. the excitement of growing up in her time........

i never thought............. that i would live to see either a woman as President of the United States.. or .. a black man as President.......... and yet this morning as i sit here drinking my morning coffee watching the sun come up... our neighbours to the south are waking up to a new President.. a Black President.........

and i have to say......... Barak Obama was a man who impressed me tremendously (and it wasn't as much about his being black as it was about the feeling i kept getting that he would bring something new and exciting to this dreary world) .. from the first time i heard / saw him on television. There was something about him that seemed honest.. and down to earth......... i even watched his 30 minute infomercial last week.. and yeah i know some clever ad ex put it together.. BUT there was something about it.. how he spoke to the common person.... in plain language.. no high fluting mumbo jumbo ....... straight talk.......... Every time i saw him speak.. or saw him interviewed i was impressed by his image.. he could be my neighbour.... i felt i could trust this man.......

Time may prove me wrong.. He may be just like all the other politicians that have ever ruled this earth............ but for now.. for this moment while i drink my coffee and watch the sun rise on a new day........ i can dream that there is new hope for this old battered world.. that i will indeed be able to say "i live in interesting times !!"


  1. Lots of us are excited about Barack Obama. This was, indeed, a historic election and I too am thrilled that it happened in my lifetime!!!

    On a sidenote, I get to attend his inauguration in January. Woohoo!


  2. I'm going to sound niggly here but what the hell.

    Mr Obama is half black and half white and hopefully having parental influences from both colours will arm him with information that will help him build bridges between racial divides.

    Yaknow I kind of feel it is not right labeling him as black only just because one of his parents was black. His white mother is probably just as important to him as his black father and I just don't think that it is right to dismiss his white cultural heritage.

    After all isn't the whole point that people of all colours should be equal. Should this not be applied to parents and parental influence as well?



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