Four years later

The day after John Kerry lost the election to George W. Bush, I wrote to a friend expressing my sadness and disappointment about the outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election. I, along with millions of other Americans, voted for the Democratic Party and thought I would be apart of the winning team.

Today, four long years later, I rejoice the election of a our new President-Elect Barack Obama, for I believe a brand new day is upon America. Even though gay marriage bans will be written into state constitutions across the nation, I have faith a brighter day is on its way.

And like I stated back then, I refuse to become a silent by-stander, pushed to the fringes of society and marginalized by the ignorant masses. I will keep the hope alive that one day everyone will be treated equally.

Yes, we did!

Below is an excerpt of that letter.

Today we mourn (and rejoice?!?) the new direction in which our country seems to be heading… or is our country already there?  Did this past Tuesday slap you so hard your cheek still stinging? The red-ness still lingering?

In which country do I live? 

I know my country can’t always be filled with rainbows (well, maybe), roses and sunshine, but I have hope everyday will be better than the last. So you can imagine, I’m not prepared for these dark, ominious clouds the next four years will bring. 

I will say this: My feet are planted firmly on the ground, and they will not budge because I have faith that one day we will live in a country much better than the one we have today — one without tax cuts for the rich, one without constitutional bans against gay marriage, one without poor educational programs, one without culture wars and class lines, one where a woman’s right to choose is never threatened, and one where lies (and the liars who tell them) don’t run national and international legistlation and policy.

And, one more thing, if this country and its citizens doesn’t like the noise I’ve started to make, I have one piece of advice: GO buy ear plugs!

I refuse to become a silent bystander who’s marginalized by a poisonous government that doesn’t listen to its people.

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8 thoughts on “Four years later

  1. I have been working on the Obama campaign just a short time (I was a Hillary supporter), but each day I worked I felt more hopeful, but never with a feeling that it was in the bag. Even last night as I dragged my tired 70 year old bones home after being at the polls for 14 hours, I was still only hopefull. What joy filled me as the election was called in favor of Obama and later as Obama spoke, my tears flowed in joy for what will come and in sorrow for what was past. I feel such calm and peace within myself today, perhaps recharging the soul to be able to work for a better tomorrow with our wonderful new President-Elect.

    Looking forward to the future…

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  2. Watching that acceptance speech last night was something I’ll never forget. I doubt any living American will forgot where they were and what they were thinking when he and his family stepped onto that stage.

    I applaud your efforts to help Obama become our President.

    Power to the people!

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  3. Ryan, I must echo your words and the words of President-elect Obama, “YES WE DID!”… and this is coming from Perth, Western Australia 🙂 I’m sure you saw the footage of the rest of the world in unanimous celebration, I’ve never seen anything so unbelievable, touching and powerful in my 23 years of life.

    So many people I spoke to said the same thing I felt, that I was so happy to be alive, to be a part of it in some small way and see this happen, to experience history… and when I got home from work and spoke to my best friend over the phone, we both just started sobbing about the whole thing (and we are not cryin’ kinda people).

    America did a mighty, mighty thing. Thank you!

    P.S. Please keep blogging, you write so wonderfully and it’s a joy to read and share your journey with you.

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  4. ~I have been embarassed to be
    from The United States for so long.
    It feels like a weight has been lifted.
    I can breath easier.
    As my lungs fill, I shout
    from my Mountain Top
    I am PROUD to be an AMERICAN!

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  5. I, too, was overjoyed! I was doing my volunteer work at Children’s Hospital and couldn’t follow CNN. As soon as we finishewd around 8pm PST, we peeked in one of the patient’s room and saw the announcement…my friend and I cheered and hugged. It was so memorable. Change we can believe in…”YES WE DID” Ryan!! Godbless our nation and our next leader.

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  6. Still riding the high from Tuesday’s election… and it’s Saturday!

    Barack’s victory seems to have reached far and wide, and I’m so glad so many others feel the same electricity.

    Here’s to our victory and our celebration!

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  7. I feel like I have been on this amazing ride since Tuesday and I don’t want to stop feeling this way. For me, I feel the same way we all did after 9/11. There was an immense sense of patriotism and people helping one another. We came together as a nation after a horrific event.

    On Tuesday night I went to bed smiling because I truly believe that Obama can change this country and make it a country to be envied not laughed at. But when I read the SF Chronicle on Wednesday morning, I felt sad & angry that Prop 8 had passed. Here we took one huge step forward on Tuesday night only to be pushed back here in California (and Florida). But one step at a time right?

    I don’t know if this petition will go anywhere but it’s better to try something than not do anything at all. Here is the link and I hope everyone who reads your blog (who is in CA) will sign it and pass it along.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/seg5130/petition.html

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