Today was the day so many of have been waiting for. Initially I was just looking forward to saying goodbye to the horror that has been the Bush II administration. Then Barack Obama became the President-elect and I started looking forward to saying hello to some positive changes, and to celebrating an extremely important marker in the history of the United States in the election of the first African-American president.
For me the day was only partially about the Presidential inauguration. It was also about the millions of people who participated by going to Washington and standing for hours in the cold to share in a collective sense of hope and positive anticipation. For some today marked a moment of pride in emerging from the shadows represented by the term "minority" or "special interest" and being fully recognized as participants in the US experiment.
The moments that were truly important were not the moments of pomp and circumstance today. The moments of humanity and caring that broke through the boundaries of the trappings of power to reassert a warmth and human connection, as much as any political promise, represents the hope that President Obama brings as capital to his first four years in office.
The Obama children looking happy and relaxed during the ceremonies. The clear warmth between the President and the First Lady as they danced together. The faces of older folks who were participating in a moment that they never thought would happen while they lived. The faces of younger people excited to be alive and wondering what would happen next. These were among the moments that most moved me.
Now comes the time to realize the dreams, to ensure that the promised change is instantiated in the lives of working families across this nation.
While the President may want to take a non-partisan approach that insists on the unity of all the people of the United States as a single people looking for solutions to today's problems, he faces a complex poliitical establishment and the contradictions between his vision and the interests of different participants in the dance of power will make for an interesting drama in which we can all participate by engaging in organizations in neighborhoods and work places, encouraging those organizations to express themselves and build constituencies around areas of concern to the members, and helping the President to achieve the goals so many working families depend on to ameliorate the difficulties in which we find ourselves due to social and economic stresses not of our personal making.
My best wishes to the President and to all in these United States that work together for positive change on behalf of working families, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed, and for an end to racism, exploitation for private profit.
In unity and struggle,
What We Stand For
The Communist Party of Indiana CPUSA struggles for socialism: to better the lives of Indiana's working families, to protect and extend labor's ability to organize, for the needs of women, children, immigrants (documented and undocumented), the disabled, LGBT, and all people who strive for affordable quality health care, housing, and education. We stand against racism in all its forms. We stand for jobs for all. We stand for peace. We support all who struggle world wide for the dignity and self-determination of the majority of their nation's people and against imperialism, occupation, and exploitation for private profit.