Month: March 2008

The Day After

I was so high last night after Barack Obama’s speech!

A More Perfect Union: I love his statement that while the Union can never be perfect, it can be perfected.

I woke up this morning, and on the streets of San Francisco were Latinos, Asian Americans, African Americans, and white people. For the first time in my life, I saw them not as their heritage, but as Americans, who live with the same rights and opportunities that I have, but with different backgrounds and thought patterns that give them the leg up or keep them under.

I found myself looking at my own identity as an American, something I have not taken any pride in for a long time. I thought about what it means to be an American… But what I found more interesting is what it could mean to be an American! I get to decide what it means for me. I get to choose. I consider the current administration an abomination of American ideals… something that has damaged our global identity beyond anything that was conceivable before Bush was “elected” President.
And I take responsibility. I whined and complained. I went to rallies. But I have tolerated a president who ignores our nation’s constitution, who has demonstrated psychotic behavior, who has sold us out to his fraternity. I have, like so many others, felt powerless and hopeless in the face of this insanity.

Today I resolve to listen more… to confront my own prejudices and hear other people’s experiences. I consider myself fairly evolved in earthly scheme of things, but I know fear and hatred, distrust and bigotry. They are parts of myself that I have tolerated the way I have tolerated the current administration. I cannot change those people. I cannot bring them into a more conscious space. And complaining does no good. I can, however, heal the parts of me that they reflect. I can be the change I want to see in them.

Barack Obama’s speech reminded me that the American experiment is not over. It has not failed. I believed it had. America can let itself be defined by its past of slavery and subjugation, or we can continue to perfect our Union as was initially stated. We can bring together black, white, brown, gay, straight, young, and old. We can dream better than we have dreamed before. We can also remain stuck in the muck, remaining hateful and scared of each other. WE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION!!! We get to CHOOSE!!!!