A Nation Born Again in Grant Park
Bunker Hill, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Grant Parkl; these venues speak of an American idea willing to meet the present challenges while simultaneously forging towards the future. Throughout the course of American History, this great nation successfully overcame incredible obstacles not just by might of power or economic resilience but more important by the ability to recreate itself, at the right moment, always better than before.
Out of the womb of taxation without representation, this nation emerged as a global beacon of self-rule and democracy. From the fields of Gettysburg, a message of equality filled the American imagination as Liberty confronted slavery under the canopy of justice while the American family was torn apart in order to be healed together.
On November 4 in Grant Park, Chicago, a young man who in 2004 captured the hearts and minds of a nation when he stood at the Democratic National Convention and reminded us that there is not a Red or Blue American but one America, emerged on the stage, once again manifesting the transformational ability of a nation and an idea not willing to die.
The Election of Barack Obama says the American idea does not stand captive by the demagogues or the power brokers in smoke filled rooms. The destiny of America rests in the hands of her people; the children of Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Grant Park.
What does it say about America? That racial equality can silence the voices of bigotry. That the composite dream of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ronald Reagan's City on a Hill where the true measure of a man is measured by one's character can be realized. What does it say? Obama's election makes the case that faith trumps fear while hope and change are not just simple sound bites or campaign slogans but the heartbeat of a nation looking for more.
At the end of the day, when the world asked, "Is the American idea dead and can America succeed in recapturing the dreams and aspirations of the world, particularly those held captive by poverty, totalitarianism, and hopelessness?" Out of Grant Park, Chicago, came a response. With a resounding and vociferous shout, the red, white and blue responded, YES. YES WE CAN!
America, born again in Grant Park.
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