Soon we will inaugurate our first African American president. This is a step forward in a way I never thought would happen in my lifetime, and I’m a rather idealistic person. The ability for the American people to look past the color of a man’s skin and see the man underneath is amazing. When Barak Obama moves into the White House, it will be an incredible moment.
Even more amazing than that is the fact his opponent, John McCain, would have been an acceptable president. While I feel the nation is better off with the choice that was made, McCain would have been a definitely improvement. He also could have brought respectability back to the office of the presidency, just as Obama is doing now.
South Park once ran an episode where the kids were forced to elect a new school mascot. Through various shenanigans, the candidates are a giant douchebag and a turd sandwich. While obviously representing the Bush vs. Kerry election, this analogy could be used to apply to just about every American election in the last decade. But this year we actually had two real candidates. And for that, I am thankful.
We too often take our great country for granted. Election day, more than any other day, shows the equality of American. While the system is not perfect, at its core, the democratic process is still an amazing thing. One person, one vote. Your vote makes a difference, even if your candidate loses. Your vote states to the world where you stand, what you values you support, and what direction you want for the future. The future looks bright, for probably the first time in my adult life. I am truly proud to be an American. May this be the start of something new and exciting for our country. Maybe one will be better than the last.