The Election, 2012

I thought that Obama would win reelection, but there were a few articles stating that Romney was ahead, and some that pontificated the race was dead even… so I was surprised when I turned on the TV to see who was ahead, and saw that the President had already won. I stayed up late for the speech, which turned out to be a good decision.

These were moments that brought me to the verge of tears, - when Obama proclaimed:

“…I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.”

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“…We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won’t change after tonight. And it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, and we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today….

Now we remember Ethiopia. We remember, and maybe we regret the divisions, Orthodox and Muslim, Amara and Oromo, rich and poor, - We could almost color the map of Ethiopia Red and Blue, but we would also need orange and purple, maybe yellow, when it was so important to be One Ethiopia. And how many lives were given, what did that gentle Nation endure for the right to argue and chance to vote? And did the Country we feel connected to ever achieve such rights and chances?

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Here, the discussion is open. Here, I argued about issues. Here, I voted. And yes, I want to thank those who sacrificed to make these my rights. I wish them for everyone, everywhere. 

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1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful presentation Berry! I love the comparison... It is true Election nights in America always makes you question and wonder about the so called democracy Ethiopia and the rest of Africa is practicing...Is is it ever going to change? is a very good qustions, but not so easy to answer...