The Beginning of a New America. . .Perhaps
It was interesting to see Barack Obama pass the finish line in the US primary race. It is an historic occasion that an African American has completed the journey from the back of the bus to the head of the parade as a designated candidate for President.
I was saddened to hear the contrasting speeches of Obama and Clinton. Hillary Clinton failed to be a graceful loser. While Obama spoke of a high minded vision for the Nation and praised Hillary Clinton for her historic run for the nomination she refused to clearly acknowledge his victory with an immediately move to support him. Instead she gave a self serving speech about her being the best candidate. While she declared how worthy she was Obama was declaring how worthy the Nation can be in the future by overcoming the dismal years of the Bush administration. This has often been the temper of the campaign: for her, the fulfilling of her long ambition to become President; for him, a changed vision for the Nation in which Americans can fulfill a dream by reasserting their more idealistic ideals.
Hillary Clinton appeared sad as she stood on the platform, praising herself while the train of history was pulling out of the station. It is past time she got on the train or just quietly take the bus home.
A footnote on my previous post.
The Canadian Parliament did pass a resolution urging the government to make it possible for US war resisters to stay in Canada. The three opposition parties united to out vote the government side of the house. For an article on this read, http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/04/9403/