You got to admit that my home state and I who gave the final numbers to Mr. Barack Obama’s electoral college votes that gave him the landslide victory. Go CALIFORNIA! :D
There is no liberal America, there is no conservative America. What we have is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
– President Barack Obama
What Barack Obama said in this quote pretty much sums up what the centuries-old American motto of E Pluribus Unum truly means.
For the first time… ever that is… I feel like as an American, I have finally become part of America’s progressive history of greatness. I casted my vote for my next president of the United States of America.
I was not a natural-born American, but it was my family who decided to leave the origin country and to settle down in this great country. Indeed, this is a great country, not because of the entire environment and the atmosphere all around are very diverse from the mountains to the seas to the forests and to the deserts, but because of the people (the majority of the people that is) that truly made this country a great place to live and all of its beliefs of freedom, liberty, truth, justice, and freedom of individual rights for their own beliefs. The land of the free and the home of the brave indeed.
I admitted that we were unfamiliar of how the government system was when my family and I immigrated here. There are some similarities with the Philippine government system, except the Philippines also had a prime minister and the U.S. doesn’t. There are some more differences but I won’t delve in to that in this commentary.
Ever since I began my life here in the U.S. I have lived through six presidential elections from George H.W. Bush vs. Michael Dukakis all the way to this year’s presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain. I thought I had a good life during my high school and college years under Bill Clinton’s presidency. My family was happy, thriving little by little, and right then we all felt that we’re finally living the American dream. The first time I voted as a new registered voter (at age 18) it was the re-election of Bill Clinton for his 2nd term as president.
When I entered the workforce I voted for Al Gore, simply because I was afraid that George W. Bush would “pick up” from where his father had left regarding the conflicts in the Middle East. War in Afghanistan was understandable somewhat (because of the 9/11 tragedy), but war in Iraq…? I expected the government to go after Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, but… Iraq? For what? Because his father did not continue to chase the Iraqi Army and Saddam Hussein all the way to their own country? What a waste of money, our time, and our troops. Look at where we are now… *ahemcougheconomycoughahem*
My prayers and hopes go to our new 44th President of the United States. Yes, for these few days we can celebrate his victory, but his life story has just begun. He inherits all of the troubles we’re still living with right now from the failing economy to the wars that we are involved with from the slightly dying economy (heaven forbid it goes lower than it is now) to the two wars that this country has been stuck with for the last eight years.
Change take a lot of time to go through. All processes always start with the fundamentals and we can’t ignore or neglect the fundamentals. The president can’t make all the changes alone, thus choosing his administration would be his first task in as the new president. He needs to choose wisely, who will be the treasury secretary, the chief of staff, the secretary of state (Hillary?), etc. For his entire term these will be the people who will serve and work with him to bring this country back to its feet again.
Last night and today is celebration time. But for the rest of the year this is where we go back to work. First thing we need to do as people is to come together and give our meaning towards the real meaning of E Pluribus Unum. We’re still in trouble with the economy and foreign relations and other issues and this is where we need to stand up together and work to overcome all these issues.
E Pluribus Unum — there is a reason why our founding fathers of this great country chose this motto and be printed on the back in every single U.S. coin in our pockets.