Here Comes The Sun
After eight long years of George W. Bush, America's long nightmare is over, and the sun looms on the horizon. Tuesday's election of Barack Obama heralds the beginning of a new period in our history, one marked by a tolerance for those of other ethnic and racial backgrounds, one in which all of Americans, are included in decisions and discourse. It is a rebuke to the politics of fear and smear, which have dominated and finally consumed the Bush administration and their cohorts. When Americans look back on this moment they will remember, as Winston Churchill said, that this was America's finest hour.
On Tuesday, as Obama and congressional Democrats routed Republicans, voters sounded a clarion call for change, one that the Republicans rejected and have paid a terrible price for. In his attempt to mollify the right wing of his party, John McCain condemned himself to defeat. Through his embrace of agents of intolerance such as Jerry Falwell or John Hagee, the core base of his party, people he before courageously denounced, linked him to the failed policies of a president almost universally despised. This coupled with his incompetent pick of Sarah Palin, her subsequent missteps and her $150,00 transformation from Wasilla soccer mom to an uptown girl, resulted in this week's crushing loss.
In order to regain its footing, the GOP needs to reinvent itself to reflect changes in American attitudes, and become more welcoming to minorities, a growing portion of America's population. This has become glaringly obvious, through the course of the campaign, most prominently in October, when the environment at several McCain-Palin rallies was so tinged with racism that they sounded like one-hundred-year-old Ku Klux Klan gatherings. The Republican Party must move to the center again, and become the party of Nelson Rockefeller, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford what it was before Christian fundamentalists spearheaded by Ronald Reagan hijacked it.
President-elect Obama and his allies on Capital Hill have an historic opportunity. An opportunity to provide healthcare to every man, woman, and child, to achieve peace with honor in Iraq, to reengage with the world, and restore an ailing economy and country to its former glory. Together as a nation we must forge ahead, and seize the promise of a new day.