Look Towards A New Future

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Times They Are A Changin'

And hopefully for the better. At least, with Barack Obama being elected the next U.S. president, it's definitely a step in the right direction.

While everyone agrees Obama is an amazing orator, his victory speech was truly the stuff history is made of. Every word struck a chord. Convinced cynics into believing 'they can'. And raised the hopes and aspirations of millions who believe that Obama can, and will lead them to better times.

When a nation pins its dreams on one person, it often becomes a daunting task to live up to such lofty expectations. But when Obama says, "So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people." we believe him. Not just because of his oratorical skills, but because he believes in himself.

For those who want to see and hear history being made yet one more time (I'm sure everyone with access to a TV or the net has already watched it at least once), enjoy!

This article is cross-posted in mysticmargarita.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Barack Obama - He's the Right Choice, Baby!

The US Presidential election is only 26 days away and I must say I am surprised and concerned that Barack Obama is only 5% ahead of McCain in the National polls. Sure, Barack Obama doesn't and may not have the answers to all the questions or solutions to the mess we're in right now, including the why's and how's of the financial crisis.

But do McCain-Palin have answers or anything going for them, apart from the scare tactics and mud slinging? I, for one, believe that irrespective of one's political differences, one is expected to treat a fellow presidential candidate with civility, if not with some respect. But McCain addresses Obama as 'That One', refuses to look him in the eye, and treats him condescendingly and with disdain. The way a man treats a fellow human being says a lot about his character – I don't know about you, but that's what I've been brought up to believe, and McCain's demeanor towards Obama doesn't reflect positively on McCain, the human being or the politician. And what can one say about Palin, the gun-advocating ex-beauty queen who can't name a single newspaper or magazine she's read regularly and who considers herself experienced in world politics because 'Alaska is the closest to Russia?'

As for the differences in policies and key issues, I'll discuss them in my forthcoming posts. I am not a US Citizen and am not entitled to vote. But I have resided in the US for last 10 years and my son has been born in the US, and if he could have voted at 21 months, I'd have been a happy man because that would mean one more vote for Obama!

It's a pity that voter turnout here in the US is way lower compared to the mass voter participation in Indian elections. The fact that the voter turnout in India has not followed the global trend of a steady decline and has either gone up or remained stable over the years, even during trying times, speaks volumes about the triumph of democracy.

In keeping with this spirit of democracy, I'd like to call upon all US voters, primarily those of Indian origin or ties, to take a few minutes off their schedules and exercise their democratic right to vote for Barack Obama. Be sure to vote so the 'Al Gore history' doesn't repeat itself. Voting for Obama is what every citizen owes to him/herself and his/her country. For he's 'the one' who can pull this country up by its bootstraps and re-instate it to its former glory. So, vote for Obama, I say! I wish I could!