Friday, November 07, 2008
Once the self-congratulation is over, and we all sober up, there will come soon the time when we will awake to the realization that there is so much to do, so many problems to address, so many issues to confront, so many promises to keep. My hope is that the youth of this country who helped propel Obama to the White House will not fall into complacency, but instead — with “Yes, we can” as the rallying cry — really work to make this country the land it should be, to not betray our founders, to fulfill our birthright and hold our newly ascendant leadership accountable to the people.
There is no denying the historicity of this week. Let there be no denying the power of the American people to do the needed work that will make this nation a light unto others, and a decent place in which to live, and to build on the successes of social movements at home and abroad so that our own hopes and dreams can become the ways and means for the population at large. We shall pay “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” as was written in our Declaration of Independence. The world is watching. One man cannot do it alone, and we must not have any illusions that powerful forces of resistance and reaction await him in the corridors of power in Washington.
Above all, let us constructively critique, challenge, and push the new president to do right by us and, by virtue of our empire, the entire world.
(Image courtesy Patrick Moberg.)