It was a long night as I and hundreds of millions of concerned Americans anxiously awaited the outcome of the 2012 national elections; we were in for a roller coastal ride. Far into the night results trickled in, and to great satisfaction my selections were endorsed by a majority. The entire democratic process was playing out before my eyes. My first thoughts were what a wonderful time to be alive. I had seen the emergence of the automobile as the primary means of mobility, the elimination of state sponsored servitude, proliferation of personal communication devices, computerization, routine air travel, medical breakthroughs and the first president of the United States of African descent. The election results of November 6, 2012 ratified this evolution of human kind on these shores. It proved that Americans can do what no other form of civilization has ever achieved through reelection as their leader a man who is “not one of us.”
This was a victory that defied human clannish behavior. From the pre historic period of ancient times, the natural inclination has been to select leaders from the dominant group and every advanced civilization has followed this model and that there is no mistake, the Republican Party put forward their best candidate. He was a white male, wealthy, articulate and photogenic. He was truly “one of them.” Unlike the 2008 election when the emotions of “hope and change” captured the support of a majority, this election was a clear choice on governance, and color was not the deciding factor.
It was rewarding to have my vision of the role of government ratified by a majority. In this age of instant communications, the fringes receive national attention and the evangelist, the fiscal conservatives, chauvinist, the bigots and state rights advocates dominated the air waves with their vision of our country. Coupled with the overwhelming personal wealth of the financiers of the Republican message and a compliant Supreme Court, it was anticipated that my vision of government would be drowned out in the noise of capitalism.
The wonder of our American democracy is the freedom of each citizen to set their own course. We have the right to bend the debate to our individual prejudices, form coalitions and demand government response. The election of the president is the official tally of which side’s argument and positions has a majority support. We won. Tuesday, the views that I have of government were endorsed by a majority of American citizens who care and although 40 million eligible voters did not participate, we have a consensus. We have a consensus on who will serve as our leader to use of the power of government to advance or ignore our individual objectives and citizens will continue to be free to espouse their opinions on issues of importance. The bigots can still hate because of color and hide their prejudices behind convenient shields. The wealthy can continue to apply all legal means to shield their enormous wealth and shallow politicians can continue to stoke the seeds of division. But on Tuesday, the forces of light illuminated the darkest crevices of our civilization and light prevailed. We proved that 2008 was not a fluke. The journey from human beings shackled in chains and destined for a lifetime of servitude, children being forced to work in intolerable conditions, women used as chattel to the dominance of males were not a fluke and the words of the constitution were more than elegant prose. In our country all men are created equal.