Yes, We Can

I woke up (again) and listened to the speeches. I admire John McCain for his very gracious defeat. And, thus far I have managed to avoid the pop-star “messiah”-ship of Obama, but his victory speech was very stirring. I know he will only succeed if he doesn’t lose momentum, if he is able to inspire enough people to ignore party lines and work together, and I am apprehensive whether this is possible. But I am hopeful, too; stubbornly so, for it is much easier to be a cynic and pessimist than it is to hope.

I say this having already committed to giving my support and hope for the best, regardless of who won, because this next term isn’t about either candidate: it’s about our future, about our country. I’m long-sighted enough to say that all things will pass, but while we are able we have the noble obligation to work for the best, and I believe that this can only be done by working together. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams didn’t like each other all that much, but they worked together with George Washington to serve an idea that was bigger than themselves, and that is the spirit we must now remember.

In the words of our next president:

And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
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This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Something New

Laura texted me just a few moments ago—it’s 4 AM here, and I presumed to wake up early rather than to stay upĀ  late—with “OBAMA WINS”.

Peggy Noonan wrote a few days ago:

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

And now this thoughtful, eloquent man is our elected President; may he continue to be so.