Thursday, November 06, 2008

Yes Eddie, There is a country that can! Obama's Victory Speech copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. It was the Friday before Election Day 2008. The sun was low in the sky. My spirits were also near to the ground. As the days focused on "change," turned to months, and near two years, I had begun to lose hope. Too much time had passed. The Bush Administration overturned too many laws. In the recent past, the country had transgressed back into the future. Others were blissful, certain a better world would come. I was not confident. Near an hour before, Eddie, a young man who has lived on Earth for less than a quarter of a century, said he may not vote. He did not have faith that we, or he, were the change a country could believe in. for Eddie, "Yes we can" equated to "No he would not."Betsy L. Angert :: America; Yes We Can!Eddie had lost the ability to dream. As was true for too many Americans, the vision of what could be seemed but an illusion. For some citizens who, decades earlier, had hoped the country could change, life had become a nightmare. While this fine fellow may not have experienced a similar sense of dire desperation he did not aspire to do more than he had done. Twenty-six months earlier, I accidentally discovered Eddie had never participated in an election. On another occasion, moments after I cast a ballot during a primary campaign, I encountered the knowledgeable fellow. Then, oh so long ago, I learned Eddie had not registered to vote, ever. When I asked him of his vote in 2006, he admitted, he did not even know an election was held. I was fascinated, or was I frustrated. I know not. I am only certain that more than a year later,...
We Were Warned The Daily Show: International Male copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Conservatives clamored; if Americans elected Barack Obama as President, unthinkable change would transform the planet as we know it. Republicans warned, there would be war in the streets throughout the land, people would respond violently. An international incident would certainly occur. World leaders would test the "inexperienced" Commander. Certainly, the Illinois Senator would be stunned, awash in angst. If Obama were in the Oval Office if would become more obvious. He was not prepared to command a country as great as the United States of America. The people, from every nation would take advantage of the inexperienced leader. During the campaign, Sarah Palin saw what her constituents feared and capitalized on their concerns. She addressed the ample alarm from the podium. When her message was questioned, she retorted, she had proof. Barack Obama was not equipped to govern. Governor Palin thanked the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee for the confirmation of her thoughts. Alaskan Executive Palin pointed to the words of the then Vice Presidential nominee, Joe Biden. In a Seattle fundraiser, the Foreign Relations expert cautioned, "We're gonna find ourselves in real trouble when we get elected." John McCain, the Presidential aspirant, advanced the clamor when he too recounted the prophecy. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." The Confederate Yankee rejoiced when the Delaware Senator stated, "Mark my words; . . . the world is looking." Persons on the Right could not resist the temptation to omit the full statement, "'They're going to find this guy's got steel in his spine." Grand Old Party participants knew better. The Right relentlessly explained, a President Obama would be a risk to the nation. Indeed, if Barack Obama were Commander-In-Chief,...

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