Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As many of you know, I'm not one of those flag waiving democrats that think the world is saved now that we have a new president. If anything, we're still in the same place we were, and things will get worse before they get better. Obama has one heck of a task ahead of him. But that doesn't mean I'm not hopeful for the next 8 years in American history (let's face it, he'll get 2 terms). I'm just a little worried about Obamy is all.
Where I grew up (the fly over states), there are a lot of close-minded people. People that hate gays, women, all races, religion, etc. And they aren't afraid to be vocal about it, or worse. After all, we've seen some of the most influential minds in the world have their lives cut short because some coward didn't agree with their stance, and had no rational idea of how to enact change of his or her own. It may be fucked up, but it's true.
So while many misconstrue my apathy towards today's proceedings as un-American, it's not that. That couldn't be further off. It's really that I worry for the guy. That his idealistic notion could get him into trouble with people who don't want change and progress. I'm talking about the people who were chanting at the McCain and Palin rallies, calling for Obama to be hanged. The lone woodsman who hasn't seen a black person in power, much less on television, in their whole life. The disgruntled gen-Xer who assumes he could have been president if they let this guy in. I'm not sure where it will come from, or why, but I just have a bad feeling this time around.
So while I revel in the fact that progress was made for this great country (although, let's face it, it either would have been a black president or a female vice president, either represents change regardless of what party you align with), I also know it comes with a cost. I sincerely hope nothing happens to our president, and I keep his family in my heart and mind. I hope you all do as well, because despite how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement, the reality of the situation sets in today: we have a new president- one unlike any we've ever seen before.
God Bless America.