Congratulations to the citizens of the United States of America. 40 years after the heated battles of the 1960’s civil rights movement, we have elected our first President that is labeled as an African-American. Actually, Barrack Obama’s heritage is that of mixed race, but because of his appearance and his wife and daughters, he was labeled as African-American.
Yet this was not a race about race. It could have been the first female President. Or the first female Vice-President. The race is about ideas, change, and direction.
Each voter had their own reasons for casting their ballots the way they did. I have seen stories that highlight the extreme radicals, but they are not the normal people who cast their votes this week. But there are bigots, racists, elitists, poor, rich and the middle class; business owners, managers, and workers, together each and everyone make up the United States.
Some folks voted on the basis of WIIFM. (That’s What’s In It For Me.) That’s common whether you are deciding what to have for lunch, choosing a mate, or selecting a President.
I will continue to look for people that I trust to be truthful. That is one criterea for who I want as a leader. And when it comes to our federal government, I want people who will follow the U.S. Constitution. On that second point, nearly all of our elected officials are out of bounds, as were the candidates that were not elected.
I titled this the Next Two Years, because we will have another national election in November 2010 that will be a reflection on how well our newly elected government performs in the Next Two Years. Will Congress clean up the mess we have? Will they support the programs that our President has proposed? Or will we continue to sit in the midst of the special interests with more and more federal laws and regulations that are unconstitutional?
Knowledge is power. A voice is more powerful. Pay attention.