Thursday, 6 November 2008

"Morning in America."

November 4th 2008.

A historic day.

It’s been a long time coming.

Eight long years of darkness.

War.

Death.

Cynicism.

But now change is coming.

Hope.

Peace?

This isn’t the dawn of a new world order. This is a rebirth of what has been inside us all along. This is an opportunity to prove what humanity is: rational, hopeful, peaceful, intelligent.

The world is better today. The exponential growth of the 20th Century resulted in some growing pains but, no matter what happens, change is always possible. A vast amount of people have decided for the world that there is no reason why the 21st Century should continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

This is the projected electoral map as of two years ago:

This is the actual electoral map as of yesterday:

That’s change.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about the concept of a 'eucatastrophe': a moment when the tide turns for the better rather than the worse. This is America's eucatastrophe.

On a personal note, I was thirteen when George W. Bush became President. The past eight years have been my formative years and my knowledge of politics is based to some degree on the policies I have witnessed coming of the United States. It feels good to be able to look at the most powerful nation of the world in a different light: as a country whose founding ideals mean something, as a country full of people who can make the right decision, as a country of equality, as a country I and the rest of the world can feel optimistic about.

Lead the way, President-Elect Obama. Lead the way and do the right thing.

Change everything.

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