Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations, America



Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States of America. The Democrats are a plurality and in control of the house and the senate. Congratulations to all.

I have to admit that I'm feeling a little foolish writing this: it was either my being born and raised in what was a very white-bread community or that I'm post race-perception. To me Barack Obama was such an incredibly intelligent, engagingly well spoken, so totally the-right-person-for-the-moment, that I kinda forgot he was black. I was so enamored with the concepts Barack put forth of change in this nation, his seeming mastery of the issues and the completeness, the confidence, in his solutions, the trust that we could in fact turn this country around, that the color of his skin stopped being any part of my consideration some time ago. It didn't matter. It doesn't. But that doesn't obscure the simple truth that this was a huge moment in history met head on by that very person and by a people.

This was a momentous occasion. An African-American man was elected president and no person that hasn't had a lifetime of being black in America can understand what this meant to each of them personally. From my vantage point it was beautiful and enlightening to see a piece of America's history healed, a statement made by popular vote, a acknowledgment of positive change, but I can only attempt to imagine how it must feel for those that lived it from the other side.

Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Grant Park was beautiful to see, especially in this long locked-off telephoto shot that carries the whole duration, flags flapping in the background. There are other videos that sweep across the crowd but this really shows how alone he was up there on the stage, how he can stand and lead, and the audio has a perfect ring of the space around him. The crowd is heard strongly, but not seen.

President-elect Obama said everything I hoped for and as usual took it a step further, hit a higher note, completed the thought. He cited the challenges ahead clearly, expressed hope to meet them with confidence, and called on all of us to step up acknowledging our part, our responsibility, to the future of this nation and this world.

The crowd responded, "Yes we can!" Might all of America do the same.

Great job all, well done. Time to get to work. 2012 is just around the corner and the best way to win it is to get the next four years right.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fervent agreement here! :)
-shykitte

11/07/2008 12:30 AM  
Blogger Jessican said...

I'm not gonna lie, I cried a bit that night.

Now it's time to get to work and begin the long struggle of digging the country out of the economic mess it is in.

Yes, we did, and yes, we still can.

11/07/2008 8:05 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

shykitte -

What the heck are you doing over at the way-over-the-top fundamentalist site?

http://calvinists4conservatism.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/atheisms-wicked-agenda/

I wouldn't have gone there if someone hadn't let me know they were talking about me, and once there I realized I wanted out and never to go back.

I am amazed that these people aren't arrested for some of the stuff they preach. Yeah, let's go back to the death by stoning punishment. Ummm, to be clear, NO!

Glad you're here.

Jessican - carry on, be a part of the transformation. Even in this time of world economic disaster, and it ain't no less than that:

Yes We Can!

11/07/2008 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LoL CD.

I was on a rampage streak across the internet - of repudiating comments from freaks who claimed that Senator Obama was the Antichrist; and followed one link to the C4C website.

At first I was shocked and horrified and tried to respond to some of the posts there, but soon realized that it was pointless. They are set in their convictions and sometimes there's just no appealing to any Christian compassion or love in there.

However, I like to check in because once in a while, I find some cool arguments from a few extraordinary bloggers - like Cartoon Pig Dog, and apocryphaleffigy, who wrote a truly remarkable response in this:
http://calvinists4conservatism.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/a-blind-leap-into-the-future/

Here is Elephant Bones & Cartoon Pig Dog's blog "blogs4sense":
http://blogs4sense.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/a-nigger-in-the-white-house/

I guess there's a chance that you may not be interested in those but I thought I'd post the links just in case you were curious. I enjoy reading the intelligent and well thought out reasoning in many of their posts. The one that I gave a lead to above: "a nigger in the white house" is quite interesting.

And then you.

You did such a great job of responding to the rants on Athiesm's Wicked Agenda. I think OS was also impressed with your logical and insightful posts. He usually gets much more aggressive with some of the bloggers but I noticed that he was really nice to you. (yes he was lol).

Your website is great. I've been skimming through it and was glad to find that it reflects many of my own personal beliefs. I'll pop in, check and comment as often as I can. Take care and keep writing! :)

- shykitte

11/14/2008 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I reported Calvinists4conservatism to Wordpress.com, just like several others did as well.
Since Wordpress forbids discrimination they will take action against CVC if we all report them.
Go for it.

11/15/2008 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I reported Calvinists4conservatism to Wordpress.com, just like several others did as well.
Since Wordpress forbids discrimination they will take action against CVC if we all report them.
Go for it."

Not sure who wrote the above - but I was wondering, does reporting them make a difference? That wouldn't change their beliefs or the way they think. What would this accomplish?

And, would there be a better way to work with them?

I thought that one of the marks of being a true christian and a christian liberal was that we accept other points of view, and not "deny them their faith" as CD said so succinctly??? Even though we may disagree strongly? What do you all think?

- shykitte

11/15/2008 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They preach hatred to get their 15 minutes of fame, Shykitte.
I accept other people's point of vieuw, as long as it is not intended to hurt others.
The only thing the CVC writer wants is to get as many hits on his blog as possible, and to be as hostile as possible (and interpreting this as "freedom of speach").

Reporting them would let Wordpress shut down their site, since it is only there to incite hatred to amuse the writer behind it.

11/16/2008 2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason that I reported them is the following.....
WHAT IF somebody actually takes the things serious that get promoted on that site, and really does them?

They for instance promoted the following crimes on this site (and their former site "Blogs4brownback" too)

1.Stoning homosexuals to death.
2.Beating women into submission, since "all women are harlots" (thats on B4B).
3.Killing John McCain for "beeing a Rino".
4.Shooting leftists on sight.
5."rid the nation of such smut as that long-haired, fashion obsessed men"
6.Interrogate Obama supporters.
7."Beyonce realizes that she is sinning by prancing around like a strumpet, so she decides to adopt the persona of a male in order to sin another way. Parents, if you know what’s good for your children, work to ban her CDs in your town, and email her threats to cease producing her music."(so, in other words...."stalk her")
8.Beating children (Ixion/Corker/Obsessive scrutator defended this very harshly on B4B)
9.Exhuming the corpse of Frank Zappa and setting it on fire (B4B)

Etc etc etc

11/16/2008 3:21 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Yeah, I'm not sure why I go back there. I've tried to walk away a couple of times but keep getting drawn in.

I find it interesting that so many of MUCH more progressive Christian thinking spend time trying to bring sense to the fundamentalists. Actually, I find it inspiring.

We must keep any sort of Christian jihad from being considered acceptable in any form. Just as the Islamic faith needs to work on their house.

Thanks for your comments all. I'm heading back into the fray.

11/16/2008 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous:

You're right, of course. I'd come across some of the things you mentioned, but was not aware of all of it. (*shudder**)

I've only gone to B4B once, and found Psycheout to be strange and somewhat manic; so I never went back.

-shykitte

11/18/2008 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for responding Shykitte.
"strange and manic"is exactly the right way to describe those people, whatever name they choose to have (the entire nonsense is mostly nd after some nasty trick pulled on my behalf bywritten by one and the same person).
As you asked me for my name.....I am MoxoM, nice to meet you here at a more sane place.

Christiandemocrat.....I like your blog, your logic and you well-spokenness.

11/18/2008 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops....two comments became one.....

Once more, but now correct
Thanx for responding Shykitte.
"strange and manic"is exactly the right way to describe those people, whatever name they choose to have (the entire nonsense is mostly written by one and the same person).
As you asked me for my name.....I am MoxoM, nice to meet you here at a more sane place.

Christiandemocrat.....I like your blog, your logic and you well-spokenness.

11/18/2008 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi MoXoM, I've seen your posts on C4C. I remember you from the first because you had some apt and pithy comments in there to keep them in check! :))

Thank you for telling me (us) your name. Did I ask? I didn't mean to pry, but thank you for letting us know. :)

There's a couple of new people on there, and one of them (Jeremiah) ripped me up in one of my responses last night, so I'm in here today *recovering* from that.... (laughing). Could that be the same person then? His rant seemed similar in 'tone' to Obj Scrutator - or Ixion....

I don't know if I'll attempt to respond much on there - at least not for a few days.....because the sheer hatred and illogic is a little hard to comprehend and deal with.... And its all in the name of absolute Christianity too, of course!

Oh, and I completely agree with you about CD's blog and the way he thinks, its a relief to be able to come here and see respect and tolerance, issues discussed rationally and ideas that are not consumed with hate.

11/19/2008 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ MoXoM:

OH I just saw the post where I mentioned not knowing how you were....:

"Not sure who wrote the above..."

:)

11/19/2008 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, both of the above posts were by me ~ shykitte.

(I really need to set up an account here...lol)

11/19/2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Hey -

Not sure what happened, thought I posted this about an hour ago - but no need for accounts. Use the Name/URL and just put in a name, add a URL only if you want to. Your name will show up at the top in place of the "anonymous." Sure is easier on this side when the comments come in, I know who they're from.

And thanks for your kind words, too. They add to my feeling of responsibility not to write junk! So that's part of the reason I don't write every day.

11/19/2008 7:33 PM  
Blogger christarchist said...

It is so sad that all of you Christians are celebrating the win of such a pro-abortion president. God help us.

11/22/2008 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Christian, and a Dem as well, and that is the one thing that REALLY doesn't sit well with me, is that Obama isn't as pro-life as he should be. He does have so many other qualities that make him a better choice than McCain. I just pray he can make pro-life choices when it really gets down to it.

11/23/2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is so sad that all of you Christians are celebrating the win of such a pro-abortion president. God help us."

"....Obama isn't as pro-life as he should be."

Obama is pro-life. (Are there levels of being pro-life?) But so was President Bush - but did he make any difference where abortion is concerned? Isn't it always state legislation and laws that determine the pro-life agenda? Isn't President Bush's inadequate position on these issues proof that there is not much a President can do?

11/23/2008 6:42 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

The abortion debate is really a Supreme Court item. The president influences Roe v. Wade in their nomination of Supreme Court justices. Here's what I previously wrote on abortion:

http://christiandemocrat.us/blog/2005/03/abortion.html

11/24/2008 7:43 AM  

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