It has been quite interesting to hear the views of people from diverse backgrounds regarding the recent American elections. There is no doubt that inequality featured a great deal in many discussions that political commentators on the left had. For those on the extreme right, the discussion was all about curtailing the powers of the state, working towards “taking America back”, whatever that means. Using phrases of this nature which are divisive has clearly alienated the Republican party which appeared far removed from the reality of what 21st century America is all about.
The speech delivered by Obama after he was declared the winner of the 2012 presidential elections will be remembered as a historical speech comparable to the Gettysburg address by Lincoln.
Here is an extract from that historical speech :
America, I believe we can build on the progress we have made and continue to fight for new jobs, new opportunity, new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders. The idea that if you are willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you are willing to try.
This speech resonated with many people and reinforces the fact that Obama is arguably one of the most unifying icons of our time.