Tuesday, November 04, 2008
We have come a very long way...
It's early still, but it seems a foregone conclusion this country of ours has elected a black man to the highest office in the land.
I don't know how this is going to work out. I still have fears for Israel, I'm still not sure how he's going to hold up on the international stage (although I was willing to bet on him when I stepped up to the voting terminal last week - yes, I voted Donkey), and I really fear the unrepentant far right and their divisiveness (although I submit they have a ways to go to match the unrepentant far left).
Let's pause for a moment and consider just how far we have come in a very short period of time.
Would this have been possible 40 years ago? How about 20? For that matter 10?
Would this be possible in any other "developed" country in the world? Maybe. Alberto Fujimori had a bit of backing not so long ago. Regardless, it's hard to imagine similar events in Germany, Italy, or France, isn't it?
Like I said, I don't know how this all plays out. I am, however, proud of my country tonight.