Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Gracious Loss

-- CNN projects that Sen. Barack Obama has won election as the next president of the United States.

With this e-mailed breaking news, received at 9.51 a.m. on the morning of 4th November, history was made in the U.S.

"...a politics with the maturity to balance idealism and realism, to distinguish between what can and cannot be compromised, to admit the possibility that the other side might sometimes have a point...the difference between dogma and common sense, responsibility and irresponsibility, between those things that last and those that are fleeting." Barack Obama in "The Audacity of Hope". Let us hope that Obama's written eloquence now translates into vision, leadership and action.

Hearing John McCain's speech conceding victory to Obama gave me a few thoughts. A sign of true democracy is when elections are held in as free and fair a manner as possile and the results are accepted as sacrosanct. Some of the current "leaders" in Africa should note this. Our own politicians also need to note this carefully. The gracious speech McCain made before his disappointed supporters was sporting, patriotic, and really befitting a gallant Navy Officer.

1 comment:

HORATIO said...

Second para should read 5th November (not 4th).