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Voices of Trinity: Obama Election Part IV

 
 

Kathryn Loussaint adds her voice to the commentary:

“This election is not just a victory for the African American community but for all Americans as a whole. A new sense of hope and possibilities comes from this election. As a child of immigrant parent, this is the reason why they left their homes. The numerous opportunities that are available in this great country seem so much more attainable because of this election. I am proud to say that I AM AN AMERICAN!”

Pathenia Proctor adds:

“Tuesday, November 4, 2008, is a date I will remember until the day I take my last breath. It started by my going to the polls to cast my vote. I was at the back of the line which literally wrapped around the corner and beyond the schools playground. My mother, daughter (she is only 12-years-old), and I waited patiently in line until it was our turn to vote. It was overwhelming to see the number of people standing in line. I could wait to get home from work to watch the news report on exit votes for each state and to complete a homework assignment that was due the following day. I was highly energized and could barely do my paper from listening to reporters giving watchers the latest in electoral votes for Obama and McCain until I heard my mother and brother yell Obama has just been declared the President elect of the United States. I was overcome with joy and sadness. Joy that Obama had won the Presidency and I was here to witness this historical event an d sad that some people in my family didn’t live long enough to see this proud moment in history. I am so proud of America and our choice for President. By the way I did finish my paper — all of a sudden I was inspired.”

From Elizabeth Singletary:

“Whether they came through Ellis Island or a slave ship – they built this land we call America. Whether their names were famous or unknown – they built this land we call America. Whether they were broken down or lifted up – they built this land we call America. Many nationalities took part in the building of this country. November 4, 2008 added another dimension to the continued development of the United States of America.”

There are other points of view on the election — and as we start a new week with President-elect Obama meeting with President Bush today, it’s a good idea to think more inclusively about the challenges we still face as a nation.   The comments below from members of the Trinity community offer food for thought:

Sarah Mihalus writes:

“I wish that a truly progressive agenda won this election cycle, albeit, I have come to terms with the results. This only the beginning of a new movement charged with taking back our government from corporate interests that infiltrate Washington. Mr. Obama’s election is NOT a panacea for our ailments home and abroad, with him beating out McCain in corporate contributions, one has to wonder how often will he actually side with the needs of the American people over those of corporate interests like Big Oil and Wall Street tycoons when that proverbially 3 am phone call comes. We as a country have to fight for what we deserve like single payer healthcare, corporate crime enforcement, a foreign policy that does not consist of saber rattling and support for dictators and oligarchs which are sympathetic to our needs. A two state solution with Israel and Palestine and not catering to the extremes on either side, or an unofficial competition of who loves Israel more while ignoring their blatant violations of international law that causes the suffering of the Palestinian people.

“Taxation for those who harm our environment with their pollution and executives who do BILLIONS of dollars of transactions on Wall Street daily and do not pay a single cent in taxes, however when their reckless behavior gets them into trouble comes crawling back to the government who bails them out with taxpayer money people who make prudent investments and work hard.  Justice and compassion for the 100 million people who are in poverty, whose stories’ aren’t as well publicized as “Joe the Plumber”. To show fiscal responsibility by cutting the waste of our military budget which pays out trillions of our dollars to no bid corporate contractors that do not deliver what they say they will like paying over $200 on a simple claw hammer which one can buy at a hardware store for under 10. While at the same time neglecting the health and welfare our troops that were sent overseas in illegal wars.  None of those issues were on the front page of the Washington Post or the New York Times, it is our responsibility to change that now, our burden to carry. Being a citizen of the United States is a job, with a description that is more than vote every election and hope things turnout okay. To be a part of this new movement designed to target all 535 legislators in the United States Congress sign up at: www.november5.org”

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