Wow, did I open a can of
worms and push some intense buttons when I
posted a message on a women's business network on election day (prior
to the voting results).
The initial replies to my post were
appreciative and supportive, but suddenly there were some very caustic
replies and it was obvious that those readers just didn't "get it" -
the intention of my message. My post was NOT
intended to be
a political one. However, it soon turned into a
with lots of crossfire. I was not involved in the crossfire - I did
however return to post a couple of more messages to attempt to return
peace to the thread and to further clarify my initial meaning.
would you believe - they're still at it?
I cannot help but wonder if you, my
subscriber, will "get it" and understand the true source of my pride.
It will be interesting to see any responses to this issue, if any.
Without further ado, here is my
initial post as well as the ones I posted in reply to the offended
readers...it's not necessary to include their posts here and you would
have to join that other network to read them. I think you will be able
to intuit what I was responding to. But the purpose of this issue is to
see if can offer the value to you that I intended
Posted before the election results...
I Am So Proud to Be an American
I am so proud of Americans and this country tonight.
It's not about the winner of this historical
I am proud because it has been just a
mere 145 years since Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and
143 years since the Constitution abolished slavery. And in that short
span of time, the citizens of this country have put aside racism and
its traumatic consequences and have evolved to the point of
considering, nominating and potentionally electing an African American
to be President of this country.
I am certainly not an historian, but I
doubt that such a quantum leap in consciousness has taken place in such
a short duration of time in history.
Even as late as the 50s and 60s a
mindset remained and atrocities experienced that would have precluded a
black from becoming the U.S. President.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
Whether or not Obama wins the
Presidency, African American children have just entered an entirely new
world of opportunity and will grow up in a much greater society and
world than their parents did.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
My Reply #1
Please don't distort my statements. I never wrote "145 years of
I suggest you read more carefully.
Your statements would appear to mean
that you would prefer to live in a time when blacks had no freedom or
opportunity in this country. When blacks and whites could not share a
restroom or even a restaurant or a white child could not bring her
black friend into her home. Or lynching and attacks were commonplace.
Is that what you would prefer to the consciousness
of our country at this moment?
You can focus on the cup half full or
the cup half empty. Perhaps if you lived in those past times, you would
better understand the point. It's not about the politics. It's about
our nation's willingness to overcome faulty conditioning and beliefs.
The election was just the avenue of expression - and impact.
Speaking of which, I just heard that Nostradamus
predicted this election 400 years ago.
I am still proud to be an American tonight. :-)
So for those of you who are not proud, why bother
to open this thread?
My Reply #2
Interesting how this turned into a political thread
when it wasn't intended to be.
My sentiments were spiritually based,
not policitically based. I think I am reasonably articulate. And I'm
truly surprised that it was misinterpreted by some of the most
intelligent women I know.
But yes, Connie, emotions may be sensitive at this
I posted my thoughts BEFORE it became obvious that
Obama was going to win.
I was not embracing the question of whether he was
the right candidate or the right president. I also didn't reveal my
My pride had nothing to do with
whether Obama was the right man for the job - although he may be and
that will only be revealed to us in time.
I thought I was articulate enough to
get the point across that I was amazed at the short span of time,
historically speaking (and yes, probably the shortest span of time in
history) that such a shift in consciousness had occurred that would
even place such a candidate in the running. And he was in the running
because of an incredible shift in consciousness by the masses in what I
consider to be an extraordinarily short period of time.
Extraordinary indeed. I have lived almost half that
The shift I refer to has nothing to do with whether
Obama is part white and part black.
Would the KKK have cared a few decades
ago whether the target of their attack was part white? Would a part
white who looked like Obama be allowed to enter a "Whites Only"
establishment? Would a marriage between a white woman and a man with
Obama's heritage and appearance been overlooked as interracial?
Perhaps my own emotions may be
sensitive at this time, but in a different arena. Perhaps I watched way
too many episodes of "Anyday Now" - the fantastic TV series about the
two best female friends - one black and one white who grew up together.
The program took place in modern times, but in each episode there were
flash backs to when they were young girls and the historic situations
going on around them and how it affected their relationships and family
interractions. It was an amazing series and very eye opening.
Perhaps I am too enamored with Abraham Lincoln and
his spiritual view of humanity and our equality.
Or perhaps my own vision of ourselves
as spiritual beings having a human experience (instead of physical
beings having a spiritual experience) and my silly belief that human
beings are inherently good and decent and compassionate prevents me
from understanding how historical injustices could ever take place in
the first place (whether it's in the form of prejudice, slavery,
dictatorship or whatever).
So I may be having a sensitive emotional moment
But at least it's authentic and I am
proud. That's not to say I was not proud to be an American before - I
have always felt tremendous gratitude for being a citizen of this
country despite its warts. I could have been born in Germany and being
a Jew had a far different fate.
But my mind and heart have a special feeling for
the overcoming of a tremendous spiritual hurdle that this election
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :-)
Footnote: Do you understand the
relationship of my message to spiritual law and prosperity?
UPDATE: Following this newsletter
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responses to this newsletter issue that I am now posting this on my own
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