'One generation got old, one generation got soul'


The title of this post is from the song “Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane, and though it was written in the ’60s, I think nothing is more appropriate to the way I feel today.

I rubbed the sleep from my eyes early this morning, wondering if I had slept at all, and if I had, was I dreaming?

After living through 8 years of bloopers, blunders and practical jokes-which i guess is a nice way of saying ignorance, hate, war-mongering, imperialism, profiteering, deceit, closed government, secrecy and violations of human and privacy rights shrouded by the buzzwords “national security”-I feel rejuvenated.

Finally, our generation, which has been accused of being apathetic, lazy and ignorant about politics and the world around us finally stood up and collectively said “enough is enough.” We put aside race and hatred and finally did something that was long overdue-and I’m not even talking about finally electing a black man to the highest office in our nation. I’m talking about electing someone because we trusted their ideas and believed in the change that they proposed. We didn’t let the culture of fear affect us and we didn’t let bogus negative attack ads sway our point of view.

This is the dawning of a new era, where people of all ages have become engaged in politics. All the wounds the the United States has created in the world, which once seemed like they would do us in as a culture, now seem like they can be mended. People all over the world celebrated as Obama was announced as the President-elect. Right now, it seems like anything is possible, and it hasn’t felt like that for me in a long time.

The world is changing, and for the first time in 8 years, it’s in a good way. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we as a generation hold the map to guide us there. Now it is in our hands to continue to elicit change.

Goodbye stuffy conservatives and right-wing Christian extremists. Your days are numbered, this is our day. We stood up and took your archaic views to task…

You got old and we’ve got soul…