I Stand Corrected

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Let me be among the first to congratulate my friends who always believed that Senator Barack Obama would win the election for the Presidency. As most of you know, I was on record one year ago stating that it was my firm belief that America was a country beset by discrimination. Furthermore, that this stain on the character of America’s psyche was so strong that neither a woman nor an African-American man could win the coming 2008 election for President. I stand corrected and happily so. 

Senator Obam and the millions of Americans who overcame racial prejudice to accomplish this milestone in our history have taken me to school. I have finally been liberated from the shadow of my youth, when the struggles were so vast, civil rights, voting rights, a woman’s right to choose, ecological devastation, the Vietnam War, and so many other societal ills, that I became trapped in the unending “Culture War”. I, like so many others, was pitted against my parent’s generation. This developed, over the decades, into the neo-cons versus the progressives, a bitter and boundless brawl. Eventually, I lost my beginners mind, where all things seem possible. Thanks to you, Mr. President-Elect, I have regained it.

As I am writing this, Proposition 8 in California, which denies same-sex couples the civil right to marry, appears to have passed. Women will go to work this morning in most occupations and be underpaid compared to their male counterparts. Mentally ill persons, bereft of care and institutions dedicated to improving their lives, will wander the streets of downtown America. In the political arena, America will still have the lowest percentage of women in elected office of any industrialized nation. These and other discriminations remain but today we have hope that they too will be overcome. Today, we can believe again that the future will be better than the past. Today is a very good day, especially for those of us who were wrong about today.

brad_parker.gifFor breakfast, lunch and dinner today, I have prepared for myself generous portions of humble pie. I will happily consume them and toast Barack Hussein Obama – 44th President of the Republic of the United States of America. Today, I will bask in the glow of learning something new. Tomorrow, I will join all of you in the tasks ahead. Be well Mr. President-Elect and thanks for taking me to the woodshed.

Now, about Joe Leiberman…

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Brad Parker

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