How lucky am I to have the first post following such an unprecedented moment in history? A moment that will, I am quite sure, be followed by another just as unparalleled, yet even sweeter occasion.
I'd have been lucky, as well, if Hillary Clinton had won the nomination, for it too would have been an extraordinary moment in our nation’s history. It is, in a great many respects, as incredible, and due our humble respect, that a woman came so near to the historic fortune now bestowed upon Barack Obama. Yes. We are all living in a rather astonishing time. An era that, to be quite honest with you, seemed like an unreachable dream. When one of these two amazing possibilities is within our grasp... I’d say we are rather fortunate to be witness.
Now I don’t want to get ahead of myself because there are many miles to go.
Much nastiness to overcome; hordes of dirty, low down, cutthroat operatives,
Henchmen (and women) that have long been planning for such a day.
O. Make no mistake about it. There are backdoor, underground, despicable factions that have been writing the battle plans for a moment such as this for many, many years.
Some of them meet in dank boardrooms, and swill fine wines,
And many of them make more money than all of us combined.
Others meet in rundown buildings and pass out pamphlets
And make unspeakable pledges. While others congregate yet
in churches and pass the plate and make off-color remarks, literally.
Some drink mint juleps and play croquet in the backyard
Of some ungodly and unseemly rich aunt and uncle.
A few of them buy extra sheets, white sheets and sew, knit and crochet.
And secretly wish they belonged to an elite line of Aryan tutelage,
And they would, you see,
Except they must maintain appearances
because "civil society" dictates that their business
Look down upon bigotry.
Fortunately for a great number of us, these people are a shrinking minority.
Don’t get me wrong, they're a vicious minority and they do mean business,
But, if I’m reading the numbers correctly in this primary season,
They are about to meet their match in the newly found voice of the majority.
People with a conscience, on both sides of the aisle; the faithful, the fired up, the willing, the angry, the despondent, the riveted, the hopeful, the hopeless, the fed up, the soulful, the ready, the able, the educated, the uneducated, the white, the black, the red, the brown, the devout, the religious, the atheist, the agnostic, the tired, the hungry, the poor, the victims, the democrats, the republicans, the independents, the greens, the socialists, the progressives, the liberals, the conservatives, the moderates, the normal Joes, the artists, the mechanics, the laborers, the unions, the dressmakers, the hair stylists, the actors, the janitors, the non-unions, the teachers, the cooks, the chefs, the doctors, the lawyers, the police, the fire fighters, the medics, the students, the dry cleaners, the carpenters, the brick layers, the scientists, the pastors, the clergy, the Jew, the Muslim, the athletes, the shoe shiners, the bus drivers, the waiters, night watchers, the daycare workers, the mothers, the fathers, the siblings, the uncles, the aunts, the nieces, the nephews, the grand children, the great-grandchildren, the cousins, the neighbors, the troops, the contractors, the landscapers, the real-estate agents, the buyers, the sellers, the psychologists, the pilots, the ditch diggers, the care takers, the nurses, the doctors, the dentists, the hygienists, the assistants, the directors, the camera operators, the fast food employees, the delivery drivers, the jobless, the Native Americans, the hyphenated-Americans, the majority of Americans!
The factions of devoutly closed-minded, ignorant, bigoted, backward, no-good, derelicts have met their last throe.
Let's make sure that we recognize this moment for what it is... A truly historic milestone that need be followed by an even greater one. We could use the dream.