Tuesday, the 3rd of June 2008 marked the beginning of a new era of American politics with the victory of Illinois Senator Barak Obama over his arch rival Senator Hillary Clinton.
Obama's victory over Clinton is a victory for America and it marks the threshold of political emancipation in the US. Oh the Great Martin Luther King would smile in his grave. This unbelievable victory would indeed "will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation"
America has put its past behind it and has moved on to an era in which all have equal opportunity to express their full potential, irrespective of skin colour. Indeed true to Dr. King's dream, America has risen up and lived out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
We can now leave behind all the acrimony of this long and closely fought campaign as Barak and Hillary bury their hatchets and make peace that would unite the Democratic Party and make the democrats forge ahead in the battle for the main prize the Presidency itself. Oh, how things have changed!!
Obama has been brilliant in his strategy, his well choreographed speeches, his deep understanding of the American psyche and in his calm confidence in his ability to bring about change. If only all young men can live out their dreams, what a wonderful world it would be. Obama believed in the audacity of hope and has lived it out.
Because of Barak Obama a new generation of Americans now have vistas before them to live out their personal dreams. I do not take the view as many do, that it was a victory for the black race. For me, this is a victory for all Americans - native Americans, black, white, hispanics and all, that they can now absolve themselves and live beyond their dark ugly past.
Let us rise to toast the New America and watch with eagerness to herald the soon-to-be President of the new era, President Barak Obama.
Yes We Can and We Will!!!