Tuesday, November 04, 2008
SOLDIERS OF CHANGE
"One day, there’ll come a time when we’ll be judged not by the colour of our skin but by the content of our characters…
Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
– Martin Luther King (1929- 68)
And by ‘SOLDIERS OF CHANGE’ I’m referring to the Americans who supported the Civil Rights Movement back in the 60’s as well as the Americans today supporting & voting for Senator Barak Obama-the first African-American presidential candidate after the bitter years of slavery, complete inequality & racism & oppression. Ever since I watched HEAD OF STATE, I prayed and prayed & never doubted that ONE DAY, Martin Luther King’s DREAM would one day be a reality. In many ways it actually has, but this historical day would make him sing in heaven! And I’d like to say Colin Powell is a living example of a gentleman- he’s a former Secretary of State and a Republican, yet he’s publicly declared he will vote for Obama!
I heard in Yahoo News that Obama is leading in the polls as well as the sad news of his beloved grandmother’s death (Allah rest her soul). I just hope whatever the outcome there won’t be any horrible riots out there; so far the election is quite peaceful, which is something this country is yet to practise as well as good sportsmanship in politics. There’s widespread praying here & in other parts of Africa, especially in his father’s country- Kenya- for the outcome to be the pride of Africa end up becoming the new President of U.S.A. Obama isn’t just representing the democratic party, he’s representing the entire black race- and God knows when U.S would ever have another African- American presidential candidate again.
On the other hand, McCain would be making history too, being the oldest man to run for first term , just as John F. Kennedy was the youngest man to be sworn in as President. But be as it may, it’s time for a great change & for the Presidency to be back in the hands of the Democrats; Senator Obama has already promised his first act would be ordering the troops to leave Iraq & negotiate for peace once & for all. The soldiers of change should pray and pray and leave it in our Master’s hands ; He alone knows who the winner is going to be…