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I'm excited about the possibilities that tomorrow may bring, but I also want to be real about the savior mentality that is being projected on Barak Obama (not by Barak Obama) by supporters. Voting is the first step in electing a leader that most closely represents your beliefs, but standing in a four hour line will not lead to four years of change.

The significance of your vote is less about whose name you check on November 4th and more about what you do once the new president's four-year term begins. Your vote will only be a symbolic gesture unless you put the energy behind it over the next four years to be the change you want to see in your community.

In a true democracy, everyone has a microphone and thus a responsibility speak and act in alignment with their word. Instead of realizing that we each have a microphone and a world stage to perform on via our own communities, we tend to silence our voices and elect who gets the one mic.

"I'm not asking you to believe in my ability to bring about real change in Washington. I'm asking you to believe in yours."

Barak Obama realized that he does not embody every American's beliefs, however, we all embody the potential to do what Barak Obama is doing in our own lives. The President of the United States is not a savior. One man or one woman cannot single-handedly save a country, but if each man and woman in a country does their part, true change can occur in the next four years. Regardless of who gets elected president, the people will determine the state of this country over the next four years.

3 comments

  1. right on!

     
  2. Piel Says:
  3. I totally agree Jullien. This idea of seeing Barack Obama as a Savior seems to me to serve as another example of America's obsession with instant gratification.

     
  4. AfRonethea Says:
  5. Haha...I like to call him St. Barack!!

     

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