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November 04, 2008

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Today America votes, after almost eight years of torture by a person whose most stupendous ability is to mangle any and every english sentence or phrase he uses. It has been a day that one half of America was waiting holding every breath, so that they could live to see it. A day when the world is hoping that America will finally come to its senses.

There are many choices, given that there are more than the two most prominent candidates running for the post of president. There is Ralph Nader, who has made a fashion of attempting to knock his head on a brick wall every four years. The same Ralph, who the democrats love to hate, for his apparent grant of victory to Dubya Bush. According to me there were only two parties responsible for Bush’s election in 2000, Al Gore and the US Supreme Court. One gave up, and didnt try. The other chose selection against election.

Today’s candidates, both who would have been considered unlikely to win their parties nomination, are now running neck to neck. Not exactly, if you were to belive the poll numbers, with Obama projected to win the election with a decent margin of electoral votes. Obama, an african-american (more true than most others in the nation today), is already the first non-white to run for the president with a major party nomination. Whether he wins the election or not, his journey so far in the election has been earth shattering, putting to rest a lot of notions that this nation collectively held. America is ready, for a ‘black-man’ to run for president. Mccain, was always a fence sitter on republican issues, and in different circumstances may have never won the nomination.

We may know tomorrow who between the two, the people of America elected as their president. A lot of people around me are so enamoured by Obama, and his race (not just the election race), that they believe america has suddenly overcome the race issue (the color one). Nothing can be further from the truth. Obama’s candidacy has little to do with black america and its causes for accendancy or eqaulity with the other race. Yes, there could be some tangible benefits, but not enough to close the racial divide from many years of hypocrisy and prejudice. On the other hand, a win for Mccain does not automatically mean white america is all racist. While those prejudices may have been paramount for several individuals, one should only see the team that Obama has inspired and championed with, to understand, there is hope.

Hope, exactly the thing that keeps us going. While it is difficult to forget and forgive, humankind does have the inherent ability to transcend from one problem to another. There will be a tomorrow when this dream comes true, “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

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