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Right Now, I Am Proud to Be an American

By Geniene P. (Contact)

Published November 4, 2008

Forgive me for such partisanship but I warned you that I have a detailed Democratic pedigree and am very passionate about politics.  Not only that, I am a new mother who has been worried about her child's future in regards to health care, civil liberties and education.  A business woman who has watched corporate America protect and reward undeserving CEO's and board of directors while laying off their workers due to their incompetent leadership.  They have hurt our economy and destroyed people's retirement accounts.  A human being who has been heart broken over the treatment of our environment for the financial gains of a few.  I have also been horrified over the entire Iraq war fiasco.  And I am global citizen who has had to defend her country when a Republican president has ruined international relations or has had the wonderful experience of sharing our pride when we have had a Democratic president.  I just have to write about the sense of relief I feel, the pride and the hope for our country.

I am relieved that our country has seen past our sordid history of racism to reach such an important pinnacle in evolution.  There is no going back now and that is wonderful.  Like in 1992 when President Clinton won, I am also relieved that we will have a president who will bring the Supreme Court back to center rather than steer it further right and dangerously close to dissolving a woman's choice over her own body.  I am relieved that my child will see a leader through eyes that are color blind and I will try my hardest to keep it that way.

I am just so overwhelmingly proud of our citizens for choosing this direction to take our country.  President Obama has run his campaign with such class and decorum without delving into gutter politics like we continue to see from the Republican party.  It is obvious that we are craving this type of change.

I am hopeful now for our country's future, my child's future and my future.  We all need to come together and support this president and Democratic administration just like Democrats have done when the Republicans are in power.  I cannot say it any better than President Obama did at the 2004 Democratic convention speech "The Audacity of Hope": 

"Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us -- the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of "anything goes." Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there’s the United States of America."

What joy to once again have a President that speaks so eloquently, knows the proper usage of English grammar and can set such a wonderful example for our children and for all Americans.

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