The election results are in and for the winners the glass is half full and for the losers it is half empty. Fortunately as Americans we are all looking at a glass which remains un-shattered.
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It is a glass which holds the hopes and dreams of all Americans. The world looks at America in both wonder and awe because we are the most diverse country in the world and yet we manage to unite behind a tradition born a mere 236 years ago. Countries whose histories were old before America was founded do not understand the spirit of America which is, E Pluribus Unum, out of many one. Our diversity of origin is the glue that holds our democracy fast. We do not merely tolerate differences we celebrate them. We are unique, we are envied, and we are special. Even our home grown malcontents cannot deny that our borders are breached by those who only want a better life.
America is the only country in the world with a Black minority that has ever elected a Black President. And now it has done it twice. Yet there are those who are quick to call America a racist country. Epitaphs such as racist and bigot are hurled routinely by those who haven’t a leg to stand on. Slave trading countries such as Saudi Arabia have the gall to criticize America about human rights. Ahmadinejad who openly threatens genocide of the Jewish State has the audacity to masquerade as a benevolent leader.
While last night Romney’s camp smarted from the sting of defeat and Obama’s enclave soared with the euphoria of victory, today marks the dawn of the continuation of unfinished business for us all. The next four years will be a time to heal the wounds of divisiveness while we embark upon the revival of the cooperative spirit which made the United States of America the greatest country in the world.
The glass, whether you see it half full or half empty, is in your hands and it is fragile. It must be handled with care. So it is with our future. To some it may appear gloomy, to others it seems bright. Nevertheless, the past is our inheritance, the present our responsibility, and the future our legacy to future generations of Americans. It is our duty to deliver it to those who follow us filled to the brim with the possibility of the realization and fulfillment of the American dream.