Proud

Many others have said it, but I too am proud today. Proud to have participated, to have voted, to have done my civic duty. To have made a difference for our country, I hope.

I’m also proud to be living in a time where a Black man with Muslim ancestry can be nominated for president of our country. Maybe next time it’ll be a woman. The US still has its problems, but what an accomplishment for a country that throughout the last one hundred years had disenfranchised Blacks and women.

We brought SillyBilly with us today, and I hope in twelve years he will be in his own little booth, doing one of the most important things a citizen can do, and in fourteen years, his sister, too.

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10 responses to “Proud

  1. Yes. This is something to be very proud of. Your badges look cooler than ours!

  2. Wow we both have almost the same post *see my blog lol 🙂 – I felt so empowered today and so excited to be a part of such an important time in our country’s history.
    xoxo

  3. Today I was telling Kiko about Barack Obama and the American Election as I was bathing him. I really want him to remember this time because I know it’s going to be important. He, however, was much more interested in discussing “sudsies” and “dirties”. Sigh….! Maybe he’ll remember. I remember Jimmy Carter!

    That is a cool badge, I wish we got badges here when we vote!

  4. Susie: Cool, wasn’t it? Some people here got the same ones as last time, the oval with the check mark. I liked these better!

    Eileen: How funny! I feel the same, it feels like an important decision, this time.

    Helen: Yes, but at least you get to vote on the weekend 🙂

  5. malyvacsiga

    Well, as I also said on my blog, no Hungarian election results have made me this happy so far!
    Theo wanted an Obama-bagde, but got to busy to find the expat election-office (or whatever).

    Your bagdes are really pretty, worth keeping, most definitely.

  6. Szilvi: It’s always amazing to me that other countries follow our elections so closely. I guess that’s evidence of how little people (and that means me, really) in the US follow other countries’ politics.

  7. Nana

    Why doesn’t anyone refer to Obama as being half caucasion and a Christian.

    I guess it’s just not PC. Just as it is not PC to wonder if any of the blacks who voted for Obama simply because he is black makes them racists.

  8. Nana: It’s true. I almost wrote “half-black” but changed it just to be simpler.

    The thing is, we’ve had Caucasian and Christian Presidents. All of them, actually. So that’s not what’s distinctive about Obama. My point was that within living memory, someone half white, half Kenyan couldn’t vote, couldn’t use the same drinking fountains as whites, couldn’t go to the same schools as whites, and could have been lynched simply for that ancestry. And now he can be president. So it’s historic and crucial for our country’s moral development, in my opinion.

    And I agree that race is a bad, and maybe even racist reason to elect someone, as is gender. I’m sure that is part of the increased voter turnout, though the Obama campaign’s “ground game” in targeting the young had a huge impact as well.

  9. Nana

    all of that terrible treatment of blacks took place in the southern part of the country and we fought a horrendous civil war and got the Civil Rights Act passed; next came Affirmative Action, so the path to this election has been under construction for a long time

  10. And let’s not forget that the South is not the only place where horrible discrimination and worse occurred in our country. Native Americans were oppressed and slaughtered throughout the US and its territories (including the Northeast, often depicted as the bastion of tolerance); Japanese were interned throughout the West; and even the Irish faced discrimination during their period of intense immigration here. And of course, the Jews have always faced prejudice, which continues to this day.

    As I said on Eve’s blog yesterday, maybe the ultimate sign of the demise of discrimination in this country will be when we elect a Native American president. Make that a lesbian, Pagan Native American 🙂

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