It is a new day for
Races in the past were divided along lines of political stances on the issues at hand. In this new era the race was one about building bridges, respecting difference, and yet building a momentum toward a collective whole. It was about finding ways to unite a divided country—not simply divided across political issues, but across different social locations. And in the 21st century, social differences was the key to Obama’s success. He knew that this was a critical componet of the race—that it wasn’t just about the issues but the *people* (a diverse people) who were affected by the issues. It was the person who could speak to these diverse audiences that would become the next president of the
With it’s political philosophy of power, conquer, force, determination and domination, the Vietnam War era has not produced a President (as seen in the last 3 elections). The Civil Rights ideals of unity, diversity and political and social pluralism, has produced the new President (Obama). The
Obama is a politician of the new generation. He will use a bi-partisan approach to running the country. He will build bridges across racial and class lines. And he will work well with old school politicians while brining into the White House progressive, out-of-the-box thinkers.
His speech tonight in particular was brilliant—politically and rhetorically speaking. In my opinion, Obama is one of the greatest orators of the 21st century. He has mastered the spoken word well. Tonight’s speech was about building bridges across generations in particular. He did this tonight by drawing upon quotes and references to the Kennedys—a smart move to call out to the baby boomers, and the white middle class Americans of an era that ushered in hope and prosperity for the nation. He referenced without name, Martin Luther King, Jr., as a nod to his African American supporters who struggled through oppression and discrimination yet who have seen King’s hope and vision come to a reality tonight. He called to notions of “progress” rhetoric from the historical modern era of politicians pre-WWI and WWII, acknowledging disappointed Republicans, linking the past to the present change American is witnessing through the election of the nation’s first Black (i.e. bi-racial) president. He also spoke to the technology and intelligence of the nation through the landing of the man on the moon—a notion alluding to the
Latinos came out to vote in record number, particular outside of the traditionally Latino voiting sates of
Tonight was a historic moment for
On a down side, tonight Barack accepted a death wish. He cannot deny the possibility that he may be assassinated. But his election has made a lasting statement to the younger generation—that change has come, that there will be new opportunities for women and people of color in national politics and elsewhere…and that