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This morning i am moving about the internet as i do every morning, catching up on the latest events in our world.  Of course, the main event is the election of our new president.  I am hopeful for our new president but i don’t think i’m hopeful for the same reasons as many.

While the election of our first African American president is history-making, I am hopeful that Obama’s administration will NOT be remembered solely because it was lead by an African-American.  I am hopeful that Obama’s presidency will NOT be revered because he is an African-American.  I am hopeful that this country doesn’t develop an attitude that will define Obama’s term as anything other than one marked by economic improvement, peace, environmental awareness and action, and honesty.  THIS would make me proud to be a part of history.  

I am impressed by the fact that our country has grown enough to elect a man for the presidency based on his ability to do the job, not by the color of his skin.  I believe that, as a whole, our country has spoken...spoken in support of one of the founding concepts of this nation...the melting pot.

I watched President-elect Obama’s acceptance speech and was truly touched by this man’s seemingly humble and hopeful approach to what will be an enormous endeavor.  He appears to be genuinely up to the task, hopeful, and focused.  

I have seen many occasions where the “race card” has been issued and it’s been issued both pro and con.  I, for one, am sick of the race card.  I believe that this method is used when there is no other argument available...therefore, a cop out.  If I was dealing with someone who i considered racist, i would stop dealing with him/her.  I would not challenge a person by “issuing the race card“.  I consider myself beyond that thinking.  

I don’t care if our president is purple.  I don’t even care if he’s cheated on his wife.  I don’t care if he worships differently than I worship.  I don’t care if he smoked pot when he was in college.  What do i care about?  I care that our president RUNS THE COUNTRY.  I don’t believe that a man’s (or woman’s) ability to do his/her job well has anything to do with his/her skin color, sexual endeavors, religious beliefs, or past social habits.

I am an American...period.  Just as many others are American, to include those whose heritage is African, Hispanic, European, etc.  We AMERICANS  have spoken...we AMERICANS are ready for change.  

We AMERICANS must stand united .


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