When people say we cant.
If there is any becon that mesures an American, it is not the label they proclaim, but their individuality. E-Pluribus Unum was defended yesterday and people rejected the fearmongering and dogmatism of the right wing.
BUT, we as a nation never should have had a history of firsts. Blacks never should have been slaves, women never should have been denied the right to vote. "Firsts" exist because of fear. When WE get over labels and look at individuals as such, the word "first" will never needlessly be put in front of someone who was qualified in any case.
I am proud of my country but Obama doesn't get a pass because he is a "first". If in 4 years things don't improve or get worse, our duty as citizens is not to vote based on color of skin or what someone has between their legs, or weither they are Christian, Jewish or atheist. WE should vote merely for the PERSON we think will do the best job, and then we can finaly retire the needless word "first".
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."Obama
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