The "Revolution" Begins Now...
Although Barack Obama's landslide election victory last night proved that most Americans didn't "sleep through a revolution" when he became the 44th President of the United States, the next logical question we've got to ask is this -- can the vast movement of "citizen power" which Obama so successfully tapped into (and effectively used) during the campaign remain a cohesive, effective and powerful force during an Obama Presidency?
Yes, history was made in America last night; no one can deny that, but the outpouring of enthusiasm from the American people which carried Obama through the primaries must be translated into the creation of a bright future for America and the world. This will be Obama's task, and he will have to do it in the face of two unpopular wars, a collapsing would economy, and an image of America which has been all but destroyed by eight years of the Bush/Cheney Regime.
I hope that many of the things which Obama spoke about during his campaign, including that little-noticed speech he made in Munster, IN, a few months ago where he declared that all of the illegal laws which Bush instituted, including NSPD-51 and HSPD-20, would be repealed during his first 100 days in office, will come to pass, and it's up to We, the People, to remind him of those promises.
Barack Obama is a man who is willing to listen to others, and we have the potential to have a President who is willing to listen and respond to the American people in a way we've never experienced before, but we have to step up, roll up our sleeves, and not allow ourselves to go back to the deadly sleep of apathy and cynicism as the "revolution" is about to begin.