Congratulations Barack on Four More Years | Our Mission Has Just Begun

I’m sleepy and exhilarated. I’m sure that quite a number of people are exhausted after covering the presidential election countdown into the early morning hours, along with all of those on the East coast who stayed up waiting to listen to Obama’s acceptance speech at 1:30 in the morning.

Portrait of Obama made from many separate images – courtesy of Michael Moore’s website

There appeared to be a lot of obstacles towards people merely casting their votes, and I’m not talking about those whose homes had been washed away in the recent mega-storm. Some had to endure long lines, others, long distances to get to their poling places (on a Tuesday workday as opposed to a weekend), not to mention the new fleet of problems which naturally arose with the new legislation requiring people to have photo I.D.’s.

And yet Obama still won the hearts, and trust of enough of the population to bring him back in to finish what he has started. If not for the fact that the alternative, was so much dimmer. Romney‘s bumbled statements and stance switches pressed on people’s doubt. His large number of offspring and offshore money stashes made me nervous. Scary to think of how large his clan could become, taking over the White House for generations to come, if he were to assume the Mormon conventional role, populating more and more with multiple wives. I just watched for the first time a Moveon.org video (after the vote) regarding Romney’s double-sidedness, switching his views dramatically, depending on when he was talking.

And as the vote was being tallied I read in my inbox several of Michael Moore’s last desperate pleas to motivate people to go out and rock their vote towards giving Democracy a face. I had heard certain quite disappointing facts about Obama – through the movie Inside Job regarding the fact that Obama appointed some of the same culprits – investment bankers responsible for the financial scam of 2008 – into high posts within his administration, rather than prosecuting them. Hearing these details at the tail end of the documentary was not just disturbing, it was eerie. Here are the livid details elucidated in Michael Moore’s recent blog post ‘Tomorrow‘. I concur with Michael Moore’s words in a separate blog post imploring people to vote, ‘letter to a non-voter‘, that regardless of the mistakes Barack may have made and the mess that he stepped into – which was already severely tainted – like many people, I still ‘feel’ that he is genuine, and trust him. It would be very scary to have a man with 18 going on 46 Grandkids populating the U.S. Public Office with corporate domination; stripping peoples’ rights and toppling everything that so many people have worked for over the past 5 decades.

People need a leader who inspires and speaks poignantly about hope. Obama not only congratulated all Americans who went out to vote, regardless of who they voted for, but also spoke of the fact that the citizens of a Democracy have responsibilities that go along with their rights, to do what they can to help others and make concessions and compromises. They need to act with compassion and tolerance. You can see his acceptance speech here, if you missed it. Hurray! He also mentioned global warming, among innumerable other tasks that he (and we all) will have to deal with in the coming term. It’s up to all of us to recognize how our actions affect the climate, and to connect the dots regarding how climate change impacts extreme weather conditions.

As Tom Brokaw mentioned, Obama demonstrably spoke of inclusion (of all the different factions of people that make up the American people) as opposed to exclusion; in the fact that all people deserve the same rights to a brighter future, regardless of the color of their skin, race, age, sexual preference…

And as the newscasters mentioned, with the middle name Hussein, and in the grips of a recession, Barack Obama still came through to be the person that most of us chose to represent our voice. It’s also very interesting that Democrats won a majority in the Senate and several States chose to legalize marijuana. It’s up to all of us, to pressure him to live up to what we envision our government could provide. We all need to rally to implement positive change, in terms of healthcare, employment opportunities, transportation infrastructure, and to concentrate on peace-building rather than weapon building and defense. We still can choose to live up to those empowering American ideals that we have touted to the rest of the world.

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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