As overt celebrations wane and we return to face crisis at hand, I write this because I must acknowledge that still, not a day goes by I don’t receive hearty congratulations friends and strangers alike (just last night, la cameriera at our table) on our choice of a new president. No one is expecting a magician, but I tell you, the world is breathing a collective sigh of relief. We have not completely lost our marbles.
In one fell swoop, we have restored our faith in ourselves, and the world’s faith in us. Yes, we can…
- choose for intelligence, sanity, vision, reason, maturity…and grace.
- blatantly renounce the fear and cynicism used to manipulate us for decades; but instead, invite those who are still immersed in it to join us
- look beyond the color of a person’s skin for making a decision on how to vote
- embrace wholeheartedly once again the concept of community, nationwide and worldwide
- understand that this is America, the true spirit of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and that when we abandon it, we are nothing.
Only in America
Everyone says so, inside the country and out. All that is represented in this election is the torch Lady Liberty holds high, our value, our gift. We have once again reinvented ourselves, and returned to the pure, true spirit of our roots. We can be proud, but without arrogance. We are grateful, hopeful, determined, and humble. Humility: perhaps the greatest quality of all.
Obama will be a great president, but it will be a mistake to expect miracles from him. Those will occur as a result of sacrifice, cooperation, and a supreme effort to understand the other that will be required from all of us. Now, however, we’ll be able to take our cue from the White House. And, I expect, from the honorable John McCain.
We will not waste this opportunity. Not this time.
It will not be easy, but we can do it.
Yes, we can.