I'm not pissing on parades here ...... Oh no!
I am an Englishman living in Oklahoma, and at 10pm CST last night, I danced for joy in my living room, with my American wife at my side, and my three American kids asleep in their beds.
They were drinking champagne and crying. Good for them.
One thing, however, sums up the state of the nation. Despite the joy, and amid the celebrations, several onerous Propositions passed up and down the country. Several were defeated too but it was a mark of the work still to be done.
As Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America (Oh I love the sound of that), said ..... this is a beginning.
One simple fact struck me about the next President ....
He only finished paying off his Student Loans in 2006 !!
There, in that sentence, is the whole of it. We can look at healthcare, we can examine the economy, as we must, and we can make policy to mend what is broken, and advance that which is succeeding. We can foster inclusion, and we can and will end discrimination wherever and whenever it rears it's head.
If we want an idea of the depth of the problems though, this one small fact highlights it all.
The man we just elected President paid off his student loans only 2 years before he was elected Leader of the Free World.
It's as sobering as it is joyful.