The Presidential election of 2008 opens up a new era in the history of our country. I want so badly for it to be the beginning of so many good things for all of it's citizens, not just a few.
My first wish for our country in this new era is that we can put the equal back in equal rights by making the Human race the only race card of importance. While looking at the red and blue map of the United States last night, I was saddened at first by a pattern that said to me that prejudice, by all races, is still alive and well in our great country; I truly had expected to see a mixed pattern of reds in blues across the map. However, once I looked at the actual figures in those pockets of red, and pockets of blue, I saw that the numbers showed a clearer picture of the voters feelings and a much more mixed pattern did begin to emerge.
Maybe there's hope for us yet.
I wish to see the decline of Money as being the only powerful influence of importance in our government; allow the decisions about our welfare as American citizens to be put back into our hands instead of the hands of the wealthiest, who seem to only have themselves and their cronies in mind when they vote on laws and policies.
Another wish of mine is to see our citizens take pride in their work ethics; stop wanting something for nothing; stop trying to figure out a way to beat the system for services or monetary gains they're not entitled to. I'm not only aiming this as a wish for the lower wage earners, who seem to be mostly blamed for this, but also those business owners and/or corporate bigwigs who fudge about this expense or that one on their tax returns. Oh, I could tell you stories, yes indeed I could, of such blatant expense reporting irregularities; ones that when added up, would probably repair a big hunk of the deficient in our economy.
My final wish is to see a health care system that's not run by the profit-hungry insurance and pharmaceutical companies. If something is not done about the system as it's being allowed to run today, the baby boomers, who are quickly becoming our seniors, will soon find themselves gravely ill from mediocre care (when the companies actually allow the care), and broke from trying to pay for it. Somehow the American citizens have been scared out of their wits about the possibility of a national healthcare system but I've got to tell you, I lived in a foreign country, and was provided better care by a village doctor than was provided by the doctors on the military base nearby. And because my stepmother was English, I was provided this wonderful care for no charge, and without having to fill out a mound of paperwork beforehand.
We can whine about loss or cheer about a victory but each and every one of us had better get with the program and get our great country back on the right path. The President elect deserves our help to get 'er done.