Tuesday, January 20, 2009

O, Happy Day!

Wherever you are on the political spectrum, and whether or not you're an American citizen, I hope you are following today's historically tremendous events and thinking about where and how you fit into the promise of renewal, recovery, and redistribution in the U.S., and in the way the U.S. engages with the rest of the world. I'm all for figuring out how to suture myself into this revitalized America and devising some means for being a more active agent and participant in the politically and globally progressive tide.

But for this moment, with the inauguration about ten hours away, I'm just feeling the tide. It feels like this:

I know that it's a 20-year-old jam and that Caron and Jazzie and the rest hail from English shores, but this is nonetheless the song that's been playing in my head every time I think about the home-turf regime change. Granted, Team Obama has had me a little nervous at times in the last few weeks, re: Senator Burris and Larry Summers and Tom Daschle and Rick Warren, etc. Don't get too, too far into "However do you want me / However do you need me," Barack. Be you. "We need a change! A positive change!"

At the same time, though, it's been wonderful to see how seriously the incoming administration has taken the mandate to include all Americans and their belief systems, secular and otherwise, in their visions for building our collective, immediate futures. Times are going to be hard, even more than they are now, but all the same, I am feeling pretty Back to Life myself. Hope you are, too!

If you need more help getting in the mood, let's make it a full-on concert. I mean, Barack did. Now try it at home.

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