beltainelady: (Default)
( Jan. 20th, 2009 09:09 am)
I'm watching it today, something I've never done. I'm not a strongly political person, but I am a strong patriot for my country. Being a proud American was instilled in me by my mother, who became a citizen of the US after my brother was born. She was so proud and happy to be an American, bringing me with her when she went to vote. My family also wasn't strongly political, but they did stress the importance of being involved and informed. Especially my mother, a Brasilian national who didn't have to become an American citizen, but did so because she wanted to have a say.

I'm proud of my country today. Not because we elected an African-American (although I recognize how historic it is), but because we voted for change. I am hopeful, for the first time in a long while. I'm also a bit nervous, because I'm quite sure there are weirdos out there that would love to do something horrible to the President-elect, simply by virtue of the color of his skin.

I'll probably add my thoughts to this post as the day goes on...

Edit 1: The tears have started flowing as I see Mr. Obama walk toward the podium. Good luck, Mr. President. May the Gods keep you safe, give you strength and wisdom, and the courage to bring our country back to it's former glory.

Edit 2: I actually like the prayer being said.

Edit 3: Sing it, Ms. Aretha!!

Edit 4: It's official!! Welcome, Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama!!!
beltainelady: (Default)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 08:18 am)
For the first time since the Clinton years, I had a feeling other than trepidation when I cast my ballot: I felt HOPE.

Is Obama the best man for the job? I don't know. He's inexperienced and idealistic, but he gives us something the other guys don't: HOPE.

Do I think he'll be able to turn around our country's downward spiral? I don't know, but I HOPE.

I'm proud that finally, my country put a black man and a woman on the ballet for the highest office in the country. I wouldn't have been happy with a McCain/Palin win, but just the fact that a woman was up for election gave me HOPE.

Will Obama follow in the footsteps of Clinton and govern to the center? Will a Democratic majority be able to reach across the aisle and work together to fix our problems? I kind of doubt it, but I can HOPE.

It's time that we learn from our past mistakes and look toward our future. A future where the color of a person's skin or their gender no longer matters; anyone who is qualified may be President. I HOPE.

And I still have HOPE that my country will once again be respected and seen as the greatest country in the world. It's powerful, that feeling. That feeling of HOPE.
beltainelady: (Default)
( Sep. 16th, 2008 01:25 pm)
What? You've not seen this yet?"
It's an anti-McCain/Palin post. Funny, biting, yet astute.


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