One More Day.
It seems almost surreal that we are just one day away from the 2008 presidential election. As far as I'm concerned, there hasn't been a political contest during my lifetime to rival this one. No doubt this is a highly subjective assessment, but I have never been more actively involved in the process. For four years I've anticipated this crucial vote, and there were times that I didn't think it would ever happen. The darkness of the George W. Bush years seemed to preclude it. The Bush/Cheney executive administration has gobbled up so much power for itself that I was partially convinced that they wouldn't allow another election to occur. If the vote proceeds without undue controversy tomorrow, my long-held concerns will seem melodramatic.
As far as predictions go, I made mine long ago and I refuse to alter them. It just doesn't seem in my best interests to revisit that speculation. If you do a bit of digging throughout this blog, you can likely find it. I'd be lying if I told you that I haven't wavered in my confidence. Two years is an awfully long time to pass, and a lot has happened since then. Yet through that time I have been resolute in my desires for a specific outcome. The prospect for its achievement seems simultaneously imminent and yet entirely abstract. If the powers-that-be have intentionally made us doubt our victory, then it is only natural to reserve our excitement. The fact is that there are no certainties in American politics.
I can imagine the worst case scenario, and that involves a McCain/Palin-controlled White House. I believe that John McCain's biggest mistake was bringing the Alaskan Governor into the national political scene. It opened up Pandora's Box. The hand of the GOP has been forced, and there will be a day of reckoning. I cannot say for sure that it will come tomorrow, but I know that it is coming. Party politics are due for a massive generational shift, and it should be compelling to watch that play out. The Reagan Era is coming to an end. That alone is reason for hope. The times call for a shift away from divisive politics, and that is only possible if both the Democrats and Republicans begin to reevaluate their priorities.
I've been quite clear in my support for Barack Obama, and my feelings and thoughts about his candidacy have only intensified. There was a time not too long ago when I thought a McCain presidency would be an improvement over the last eight years. I no longer believe that. A GOP victory tomorrow would be disastrous for the future of this nation. The best outcome we could hope for in such an event would be total stagnation in the federal government. In my estimation, the United States can't afford that now. The difficulties facing the country (and the world) are too significant and momentous. The situation requires a steady hand, and Barack Obama has demonstrated that he has the even temperament to guide us through the approaching storm.
Regardless of what happens tomorrow, we have come a long way toward the changes we need. To think that a candidate with a Muslim-sounding name (that evokes associations with the two people on Earth most identified as our national "enemies" since 2001) has come this close to becoming our next president is evidence suggesting the political maturation of a large portion of our electorate. To think that we may elect our first "black" Commander-in-Chief is absolutely amazing, and speaks to the possibility of our continued relevance as a positive example to the rest of the world. I invite you to join me and millions of my fellow citizens in changing the course of history on November 4th, 2008.