"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what the hell."
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
AMERICA CAN BE PROUD
As the year draws to a close, I'll take a moment to celebrate what really is important.
In a few short days, an African American man will move from his private
residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one owned
not by him but by the taxpayers. A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and
many well trained security specialists will insulate him from the rest
of us but the mere fact that this man will be residing in this house
should make us all stop and count or blessings - because it proves that
we live in a nation where anything is possible.
Many believed this day would never come. Most of us hoped and prayed
that it would, but few of us actually believed we would live to see it.
Racism is an ugly thing in all of it's forms and there is little doubt
that if this man had moved into this house fifteen years ago, there
would have been a great outcry - possibly even rioting in the streets.
Today, we can all be both grateful and proud that no such mayhem will
take place when this man takes up residency in this house.
This man, moving into this house at this time in our nation's history
is much more than a simple change of addresses for him - it is proof of
a change in our attitude as a nation. It is an amends of sorts - the
righting of a great wrong. It is a symbol of our growth, and of our
willingness to "judge a man, not by the color of his skin but by the
content of his character".
There can be little doubt now that the vast majority of us truly
believe that this man has earned both his place in history and his new
address. His time in this house will not be easy - it will be fraught
with danger and he will face many challenges. I am sure there will be
many times when he asks himself how in the world he ended up here and
like all who have gone before him, the experience will age him greatly.
But I for one will not waste an ounce of worry for his sake - because
in every way a man can, he asked for this. His whole life for the past
fifteen years appears to have been inexorably leading this man toward
this house. It is highly probable that in the past, despite all
of his actions, racism would have kept this man out of this house.
Today, I thank the lord above that I am an American and that I live in
a nation where wrongs are righted, where justice matters and where
truly anything is possible. Let's applaud the man right now! They look alike