Monday, January 19, 2009
Tomorrow Barack Hussein Obama will be inaugurated as president of the United States of America.
There will be a time to hold him to the promises he has made; there will be a time to gnash our teeth in worry and frustration and anger; there will be a time to assess the lines of battle and count defeats and victories; there may even be a time to thank him for achieving real progress. But tomorrow is a day to stand together and marvel at what we have done.
Never in my lifetime have I seen this. Anti-war candidates lose. Civil rights candidates are admired but lose. But not this time. A decent and intelligent young man is about to become President of the Empire. Our nation is being offered on a silver platter a chance to atone for some of the wrongs it has wrought. Surely, no matter what happens next, this is progress.