A feeling of hope today?

Nov 5th, 2008 | By | Category: Random Musings

Something about today is embued with a greater sense of hope than yesterday. I think in the world as a whole this feeling is spreading like a fire. The feeling that a horrible time has come to pass when evil’s reign might be a little less than it was yesterday.  George Bush and the insanity that is his presidency is over, I would like to say that the American people have woken up but with a 51% victory(the same amount that Al gore won with in 2000) I don’t quite think that is the case.  It still is so disheartening when you see those states where McCain won by a landslide, almost making me wish that they could break off and form their own republic.  It would be interesting to see how quickly their society would erode if it were left completely unchecked by the far right and the evil men that reside there.  The funny part of all of this of course is that I am not even an American, but we are all ties so closely(thanks to the viral spread of their banking system and injection of their culture into ours).  But today, today something is different, today it feels like anything is possible again.  It feels slightly like the days before, or just after Bushes election before his and his people’s fangs truly started to sink into the neck of the world and drain it’s blood.  Change is in the air my friends, change towards the arts, the change of consciousness that we hear so much about.  How do I know this?  Because I know this that is how.

An email I received from Michael Moore this Morning:

Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.

In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime.

There was another important “first” last night. Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.

It’s been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for president has received even just 51% of the vote. That’s because most Americans haven’t really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people they say they support. Well, here’s their chance. It has been handed to them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.

But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country’s greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me.

We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness, enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932, what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have been inundated with media asking me, “gee, Mike, what will you do now that Bush is gone?” Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts, science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be? Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We’ve entered a new era, and if I could sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this: Anything Is Possible.

An African American has been elected President of the United States! Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible! Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is possible.

We really don’t have much time. There is big work to do. But this is the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back. Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.

I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this victory happen. It’s been a long road, and huge damage has been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this damage, and it won’t be easy.

But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.

Michael Moore

And now I begin my day. Time to kick so much ass it isn’t even funny!!

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2 Comments to “A feeling of hope today?”

  1. Rael says:

    I have to agree Ryan, this morning I felt that same sense of renewed hope, like a clean slate. Change is something that keeps us on our toes and doesn’t let us settle, what a amazing opportunity we have at this point in our world… people are becoming more aware of what is going on around them. However, I think its important to understand that although Obama is a huge step in the right direction, he is still only one man and the responsibility of making this “change” a reality, means that each and every one of us has to take part and do our part to attain greatness.

  2. Doug Alder says:

    Great talking to you today Ryan – I posted the same email on my blog this morning too 🙂

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