In less than 48 hours, we will be able to say that we will elect a new US president THIS year. Can it really be over three years ago where the surreal results of the 2004 election became real. The disappointment, shock and disbelief that my country could have possibly elected George W. Bush for a second term. For many of us that grief took awhile to wear off, and I'm not sure if it's completely gone considering the ongoing downward spiral he has lead this country into. Regaining respect and trust in the world is the road to repair. Massive change is what is needed at this juncture.
This morning on "Meet the Press", Barack Obama quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that there is a "fierce urgency of now". Fierce urgency. That's exactly what it feels like. In mid-November of this year, in a speech in Iowa, Sen. Obama said:
"I am not in this race to fulfill some longheld ambitions or because I believe it's somehow owed to me. I never expected to be here. I always knew this journey was improbable. I am running in this race because of of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now." Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late, and that hour is almost upon us."
It was my most sincere belief and hope that this urgency had been felt in 2004, it wasn't. There is such a thing as being too late. There is no choice now. I hope that Barack Obama is our next president. But most of all I hope that the majority of this country shares the urgency that is upon us. That no victory is assumed because of the obvious mess we Americans find ourselves in, at home and abroad.
Here's to 2008, and all the possibilities it holds. Here's to diligence, hardwork and getting the message out. Here's to Obama, but most importantly here's to the Democrats. Oh, am I blue!