Living In the Little City Barack Calls Home

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It has been an interesting couple of years here in Chicago. Being from fairly humble rural roots, Chicago is far from a perfect fit for me. However, my coincidental adjacency to the presidential run of a man who I hope to see become one of our greatest leaders has made my urban experience very interesting. Remembering back to Obama’s run for U.S. Senate when I was still attending U of I and getting to see this well spoken charismatic relatively young politician speak, I recall the hope that was instilled in a politically pessimistic youth. Granted, even now I would consider myself far from optimistic in regards to the “great minds” that run our country. However, as strong willed college students, a few of my friends and I had already elected him president. Years later to be standing in Grant Park watching the election results and seeing his motorcade pull in for him to give his acceptance speech was awe inspiring. My brother and I left work and meandered through the streets trying to get as close to the park as possible. At first we discussed how great of a man he was and how things would change. We were a part of history. However, the truly awe inspiring part of the event wasn’t the election of this revolutionary man but of the revolution itself. As we looked around and saw the fields of people full of excitement and hope that they were part of something bigger. The hundreds and thousands of people swarmed around the huge screens set up all over Grant Park. Everyone was peaceful, patient, optimistic. All things that our country had no excess of. We watched. We watched as Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America. I remember looking around and seeing all of the people from different races, values, fiscal situations, educations, etc. all standing together. Some were crying, some laughing, some just staring in hope and awe. They were all standing together. It may be a long time if ever that we see that level of unity and acceptance in our country but for that night in that park everyone believed in CHANGE.

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One Response to “Living In the Little City Barack Calls Home”

  1. mortar Says:

    Well said, Flavium

    The following quote gives a small insight into what we are up against…it was sent out in defiance of Obama’s way of thinking.

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

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