The Arc of the Moral Universe and the Empowering President

Source: NYT - Electoral Map at 12:52 AM CST

This is not a political post, it’s a citizenship post. Tonight my faith in this country is renewed with the election of Barack Obama. As I was listening to his speech from Grant Park in Chicago (where I live), I felt so fortunate that we will have a president that can actually speak with emotion and intellect and inspiration in a commanding and sonorous voice. President Clinton was that kind of speaker, and we have one again. President Elect Obama has used parts of Dr. Martin Luther King’s words throughout his campaign. And why not, Dr. King was one of the most eloquent speakers of his or any other time. This evening he evoked one of my favorite quotes by Dr. King, but updated it for the moment.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

Mr. Obama made it more personal by stating each one of us can place a hand on that arc and bend it in the direction of hope and change. He kept the ethereal, cosmic properties in tact, while making it accessible and actionable for everyone, empowering us to have direct control over something that might have seemed out of reach. The empowering president. I have heard him do this time and time again, and truly believe this has been a major factor in how he inspires and energizes. This is an amazing asset.

I wish the best for Senator John McCain, someone that I have long admired, and hope he fuses his love for democracy and advancement of this country and the world, with the new bend in that moral arc provided by the citizens of the United States.

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