HOPE for CHANGE
by Steve Kubby
Today, Barack Hussein Obama II, will become the first African American President of the United States. Millions of Americans are filled with hope that change will finally come to this country. Meanwhile, prospects for real change have left Republicans in shock and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, downright apoplectic.
Libertarians, on the other hand, will be sitting this one out. According to a poll conducted by the Libertarian Party, most Libertarians won’t even bother watching the inauguration. Libertarians are ignoring the festivities in DC, because we worry that the new regime, while friendlier and more progressive, will still expand the role of government and further bankrupt our treasury.
However, that doesn’t mean that the Party of Principle won’t be celebrating, because Libertarians everywhere are grateful and relieved that the US government actually held an election under Bush and that a regime change has finally occurred.
But wait! Something more extraordinary and historic than electing our first black president has just taken place. For the first time in a generation, voters in this country selected a president, based upon hope, not fear.
Until this shining moment, a generation of US presidents were selected on the basis of which candidate was the “lesser of two evils.” No one really voted FOR a candidate, instead, we voted defensively, as an act of harm reduction, to minimize the inevitable corruption and abuse of power that followed.
As President Obama has pointed out all along, the people who elected him voted for change and have entrusted him to deliver that change. By voting for hope, instead of fear, America has already begun that change. In doing so, the entire world has taken notice.
But what kind of change can we honestly expect? Will Obama actually do something to end the record level of incarceration in this country? Can we expect the Police States of America to finally back off, stop raiding our homes and stealing our stuff? Will the War on Drugs finally be exposed and brought to an end?
These are still dark times and harsh realities still await us, but a sliver of HOPE has illuminated our country’s path and that changes everything. We may not get the change we hoped for with Obama, but it is coming, sooner or later, because the American people have found hope and won’t accept anything less.
Posted to IPR by Paulie