Posted by: scribbles | November 5, 2008

I have a dream

So, the American people have cast their votes and made history, voting in an African American president.  It has been an incredible campaign that seems to have gone on for an age.  I couldn’t wait to hear the results this morning and it seems that this particular election has got the people of the world completely inspired.  The very fact that an African American was in the running has had a unique effect on everyone as the people of the world saw the possibility that a black man could become the most powerful man in the world.

I can’t imagine that Martin Luther King ever imagined that his dream would come to fruition so soon.  “I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  I’m not sure that this is exactly the case in this instance and in these enlightened days, it was possibly the fact that Barack is black, that made the difference.  But, “with this hope, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope”, is perhaps the case for many minority groups in the country and the world over.  Barack Obama is well aware of this, “those who’ve been told…to be cynical and fearful.. put their hand on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day”.  Not bad.  I wonder who wrote that part of his acceptance speech.  It was lovely, really poetic. 

“An end to slavery and racial prejudice” reported an ITV newscaster though I thought racial prejudice had been banned a long time ago.

The thorn in the side for me, is the enormous war chest Barack had at his disposal.  Some $600 million dollars bought him this election against a paltry amount that McCain had to fight his own campaign.  I think that’s wrong.  The media have been totally biased in Obama’ss favour for so long, especially here in England.  It almost seemed it was a done deal a very long time ago and that must have had an effect on Americans.

No one can fault John McCain’s behaviour as he conceded the election.  He was gracious in defeat which must have been a bitter moment for him.  Socialism is on the way for Americans but then we too have a socialist style government here.  It’s the poplular thing these days.  Take from the haves and give to the have nots and so on, and bail out the banks.

America has indeed shifted on its axis but no one can deny the ‘vitality of American democracy’, as President Bush said, if you forget about the difference in the money to fight the respective campaigns, it’s refreshing to see when compared with our own country.

Good luck America.  Good luck Barack – you’re going to need it.

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  1. Hi Scribble!

    you, too, have been quiet recently. How are things with you, the Teens, Skinny?

    I disappeared altogether during my travels in October and then this month my dad died so I haven’t at all been in “writing form”.

    I see from your previous posts that you’ve been having a tough time of late.

    This is just to send you a little message of encouragement.

    AA

  2. Hey Scribs!

    Long time no blog! I hope all is Ok.

    Did you get on OK with the work helping out the elderly man?

    Can you post something just to let us know you’re fine. Stupid, I know but I’m worried about you.

    I can understand if you are too busy to blog. Just drop me a line at rudi.somerlove@gmail.com. If you have a problem maybe I can help? Whatever, I’m here if you just need a chat or to unload.

    I really hope that you’re just taking a break from blogging and everything else is ticketyboo.

    Hope to hear something from you,

    Rudi

    ;?))

  3. Are you OK, not heard from you in a while. Please update us.


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