To me, it doesn’t matter whether your’re black or white or democrat or republican, January 20, 2009 is one of the most momentous days in my entire life. (Naturally, I’m talking about things which are way past the many momentous days in my immediate family)

To me, I’ve always known that, for America to go keep going forward, for every line we find that divides us, we must find an equal way to unite us. There were a few points in my life, while growing up, in which I really thought this country would never really find it’s true and necessary path.

However, on January 20, 2009, there will be a path which is more clear than it’s been in decades. And all of us need to follow that path, for the sake of America. I’ve always been proud of being an American and especially greatful for having been born here. But now, there is something much bigger, of which we can all be proud.

Think of it – – so many years ago, the Capital building was built with slave labor. On January 20, 2009, a person who would have been a slave 140 years ago becomes the president of the United States of America, and take the oath of office on those very steps. That, to me, is absolutely phenomenal. For me, the path that I’ve travelled – being able to remember the days of segregation, and not understanding it, to, as a teenager, working with men who would not go into Dairy Queen with me, because they felt that others didn’t want them to be there, to now, is not a small step for mankind – it’s a huge chasm which has been gapped for mankind.

For anyone reading this – please!!! Put aside your grievances, your partisanship, your hate, your discrimination and take this chance, with the rest of the U.S., to help advance the cause of mankind and follow that path. I guarantee it will be good for you, and will certainly be good for the United States.

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