Posted by: Arthur337 | November 3, 2008

Tomorrow….

Four years ago, I was sitting in the Unit 1 Lounge of HILC, Cornell University. Together with other concerned residents of HILC – some coming from very different regions of the world, such as myself from Malaysia – we watched CNN (and boo-ed Fox News once a while) as the election results unfold.

Few days earlier I thought Kerry would win easily, given the abysmal record of George W Bush in his first four years as the President. I was sure that the Americans were horrified enough not to give Dubya another “four more years”, as his campaign slogan stated.

I was wrong. State by state in the CNN chart turned red. I left the TV lounge in disgust without hearing the final confirmation.

sorryworld1I do not want to see the above tomorrow. Never again.

But tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow I will be sitting in front of my office television to watch the election results. As far as I know, almost the entire treasury room would be rooting for the same candidate. Tomorrow will be a happier moment than four years ago.

I have too much love for the American Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison – and could not bear to see another four more years of Republican administration undermining the US Constitution.

founders-washington-presiding-over-constitutional-convention

And tomorrow we will see the Americans signaling to the world that George W Bush’s foreign and environmental policy does not reflect the view of the American majority. Tomorrow America shall give hope to the discriminated, that people are capable of seeing beyond skin color. Tomorrow we will see America becoming the voice of reason and hope. Tomorrow America shall rise again in the eyes of the world, and to lead others to overcome our current great difficulties of world economy and global environmental crisis.

Tomorrow, we shall celebrate humanity.

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Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!

-Excerpts from Let America Be America Again
by Langston Hughes, the great African American poet

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