It seems that I was just having the discussion with my children, now adults in their own right, about this historic day in history and now we begin this new historic world in democracy if we can call it that for the next four years. Regardless how you felt eight long years ago, it was a historic day, even my children had to admit that to me over the phone.
Mr. Obama gave his final speech in Chicago tonight. Very fitting seeing that is where he started with a lot of his Political life. No matter how you feel about him, he has changed the prospective of the county, here in the United States and abroad. He has touched so many with his activity and his actions. From his first touch of being the first Mulatto President in office or Affirmative Action in Medical Care for so many that did not have coverage from the get go for whatever reason or other.
His talk of Faith and ignoring the color of one’s skin. Mr. Obama spoke about, “We the people, creating a more perfect union.” The key point words here, “’We’ the ‘People’, creating a more ‘Perfect Union’,” not, “‘A few of the people’,“ or “‘Only the right skin tone people’,“ the list could go on. It was not about color, though many will argue this and that is fine, that is called freedom of speech and you can find it in the 1st Amendment. I will fight to protect you as well. It was, however, about Freedom. Escaping Tyranny and finding ones way.
Now honestly this is my first Presidential farewell speech I have heard. I chose to listen to this one because I truly fear what is coming in the next four years. Mr. Obama touched on the past and how America is afforded to change. How we have had a bloody history. Yet we are defined by forward motion as he has stated. This is true.
America has had a very bloody history. However as an American, I can truly say, the American fortitude of a future is never in question by any nation. And I dare you to question that with looking at our past.
We are a strong nation. We are strong people. And eventually, once the dust has settled, no matter our differences, we come together to fight for what we hold dear. We see on a day to day basis by the people who fight every day to come to this country what this country is worth. “We are better, we are stronger,” as Mr. Obama states.
When the crowd booed Trumps entrance in 10 days. He stated, “No, no, no…” He welcomes the new administration as the Bush administration welcomed him. He covered about the Democracy that reflects on the people.
“Understand Democracy does not require Uniformity…” Obama, “Democracy requires solidarity.”
How true this is.
Do you think that the forefathers agreed upon everything? Honestly? These were strong men. With strong opinions. Go anywhere in today’s world, throw 10 to 20 people with very strong opinions in a room together, lock them in there with a problem and stand by the door. Give it an hour, two at max where you will hear the voices travel through the door. And about two days and the dust will settle and cooler heads will prevail and come up with a strategy and agreement.
The fact that Mr. Obama will publicly support this administration is a testament to his faith. Now mind you, I am not a fan of Mr. Obama. I did not vote for him, nor did I wish to see him in office. Yet to hear what he has to say with all that is coming he has proven he is a man of dignity, confidence and belief.
As Mr. Obama moved forth, talking about how the jobs that will become obsolete because of the automation that is coming forth as a wave of the new future of life we will see. We must adjust and recognize what is being said in this speech. My own two cents here, we also much allow this new Generation to teach the older Generations on how to work with what is coming. Since it is now their world of Technology we are in. Regardless of whom made it.
The second part of this situation is how we see race. I had a friend so long ago who brought it up to me about the fact that if you stripped our skin, the largest living organism we have, we would be no different. Think about that. We would be blood and bone. Nothing else. Our eyes may be different. Our body, not so much. It would be blood, muscles, tendons, veins and sex organs.
I never grew up with the mindset that anyone was different. Regardless of color. We are the same. It is our spirit that determines whom we are not the color of our skin. It is our fortitude and will that allows us to succeed, not the privilege of melanin in our skin. It is sad to me that others are seen differently in this world. I am personally a mix. Irish, African American, Swedish and Native American. Half of my people are still enslaved in a world of camps. No matter how anyone looks at it. Am I proud of my blood lines? Absolutely. Without a question or doubt.
My blood is still held on reservations. My blood was second only to the African Americans even to this day and my mixed blood is still unwelcome with all nationalities that I hold proudly as a history of my genealogy. My Grandmother, who is still a big part of my world, who was first generation from Sweden is strong in what I know and believe.
My bloodlines of being of the Cherokee tribe are deep and ancient. The fact that I am black Irish with African American roots define me not only by body type, by strength as well.
“Reality has a way of catching up with you.” Obama.
Mr. Obama’s touch on Climate Change is poignant in today’s world. About the fear in America of difference reminded me of my own beliefs. I know I rarely open up to share anything about me in any of my writings. There is a fear. Not only of my mixed blood, of my faith and my beliefs.
It is a knowing of rejection, of being pigeon holed or being judged. I am not a Christian, I am Wiccan. I am proud of it as to whom I am in my own private circles. His discussion of rejecting Muslim’s being judged I understand personally. As a bi-sexual Woman, it can and is looked down upon.
I cannot tell you how proud I was of my now adults, supporting the LGBT community. Because I, myself am part of that community. I am proud of it. And in no way shape or form should anyone of that community be a hidden part of America.
“All of us, regardless of party, should be throwing themselves into Democracy…” Obama, “None of this happens on its own. All of this depends upon participation… Our constitution is a remarkable gift. It is really only a piece of parchment. We the people give it power.”
As he ended he called upon the first president. How true these words ring of President Washington and our role in Democracy. It falls to each person who has the right and the privilege to change the current status quo of what is happening. No matter if it is in student council or public office we are the change.
How we act, what we do.
“If you are tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking to one of them in real life.” Obama, “Show up, dive in, stay at it.”
We have a responsibility to this country, which includes me. We must change the status quo for this world. What I will take from this farewell is, “What can you do to change the world.”
For me, I can write. Unabashed, unrequited and uncensored. Many may not care what I say, however for those who can relate, I will use my gift to write.
What is your gift to give to others?
And no, I do not support Trump. I will respect him and his place, I will never call him President. He does not represent me in his gilded Trump Tower with his illegal wife. Just like he does not represent well over two million people who voted. Yet, once again, history will be made on the 20th of this month. And in hindsight, we must respect that. (Even if it will be Putin first, Trump second and the lies that are told on Twitter.)
For what the future holds, I do not believe Mr. Obama or any other can tell. We will find out soon enough. It is the power of your voice that holds and defines what will be of the future, not only for us, as Americans, but for the world. We determine what will be. What is and what we hold true.
Use the Social Media you have in your hands as a future, as a placement in history and in your own lives as an example of what should be, not what is.
You are the future and as Mr. Obama says, “Yes we can.”
I shall put away the soapbox for now, and as always, thank you for taking this blog break with me. We are the future, as bleak or as strong as you feel it may be. We are the voice that comes from beyond. We are the anthem of the American Spirit.
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Amendment I (1791)
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