Thursday, November 6, 2008

A New President for the USA!

Whether you voted Repulican or Democrat, Independent, Green or Libertarian, Socialist Worker Party or a write-in candidate this past Tuesday, 4 November 2008 was a historic day in the United States of America!

We are remarkably blessed in this country to be able to vote, albeit indirectly (i.e. through the Electoral College), for the office of President of the United States. And the fact that our nation has for its new leader an African-American man is a stunning development. Barack Hussein Obama is the first President-Elect whose surname is not European; it is defintely African. He is the first President-Elect to carry a KiSwahili first name (Arab influenced, meaning "blessed") and an Arab middle name.

The fact that 52% of the popular vote went to him across racial, religious, ethnic, social, income and gender demographics is also a historical development for this nation which, just fifty years ago, was struggling with overt segregation in the South and covert segregation in the North.

Discrimination is still happening, folks, as I think we are all aware -- race, gender, immigrant status, age and, yes, even religion -- in the USA. Lots of work still to do!

John McCain's concession speech was also remarkable in being gracious and conciliatory, as was Barack Obama's victory speech referring to his now former opponent. What a superb blessing we have and, hopefully, a light of real hope for the world in which so many people cannot vote freely and in which national elections (e.g. Zimbabwe) are marred with terror and violence.

So, let's pray for the new President-Elect and the Vice President-Elect -- for their safety and wellbeing and that of their families, for their new administration and for a greater openness and response to the whole pro-life message, from conception to natural death. Scripture urges us to remember our leaders in prayer (cf. 1 Timothy 2:1-2) and this mandate has been honored in the historical Churches (Catholic and Orthodox alike) ever since.

4 comments:

Brother Charles said...

Amen. In recent days it has been my hope and prayer that everyone--whatever their place in our American diversity--recognizes how beautiful and grand a thing this is toward overcoming the New World's legacy of racism, colonialism, and forced migration of African peoples. Pax et bonum!

Pia said...

Beautiful, hope-filled post. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

As a Catholic I find it very hard to be happy about the most pro-choice candidate in history winning the election.

The fact that the majority of Catholics voted for him is distressing to say the least.

"Hope" and "change" don't mean much if you never get a chance to be born.

Anonymous said...

The first Pro-Abortion President. Now if he passes the Freedom of Choice Act, FOCA, all the work done to save the unborn will be completely undone in all states. And Obama supports infanticide. The baby can be born only to be allowed to starve do death, legally. "Hope" and "Change"??... I sure hope so for the baby's sake.