I have lived to see ten of them so far, but, never before, have I felt that equality, truly, irrevocably, included me.
More than just masterful turns of phrase, i perceived the pumping blood of a leader who, passionately, insists on equality. For all of us. Every one of us.
History will bear out that I have never , ever, been so included by any President in all my days. NEVER has the Inaugural platform looked more inclusive, and diverse. I, not only, saw myself, but gorgeous shades of persons of all ethnicites, before my very eyes. It looked like America to me! This is what America really looks like, day to day!
The President spoke of equality for every citizen of this land--- from Seneca Falls, to Selma, and to Stonewall--- stains on the fabric of America, which, have finally been invoked--- called out, like the 800 pound gorilla in the room. He lessened their shame, by speaking their names. Today, my country copped to its sordid, reprehensible, history, and said, "no more".
No matter your color. No matter whom we choose to love. No matter from where you hail, E Pluribus Unum. "Out of many, [we are] one".
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, it is more than fitting, that President Obama swore his solemn oath. Fifty years ago, Dr. King expressed his dream and desire for a palpable equity, and his vision for every person in this nation to truly exist, and thrive, as brothers and sisters. This day is one of which the Reverend Doctor King would, surely, be proud. The dream for which he was assassinated, is clearly stronger than those who prefer hatred and bigotry.
Fifty hears hence, Reverend Dr. King, via his bible, was there today! Today, I'm hugely proud to be an American. Today I feel like I exist. On this day, my hope, and faith, have been renewed, that the truths we declared to hold to be self-evident:
- That all men are created equal.
- That they are endowed by certain unalienable rights;
- That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
---Are inviolable, and sacrosanct.
I, too, dreamed that it would be changed, and began to wonder if I'd see this dream come true in my lifetime. Doctor King didn't get here with us, but, from heaven, he has to be smiling, and crying, as he sees the dream one step closer to fruition.
God bless America!