As President-Elect Obama transitions to the Oval Office, Opinion Streams will also undergo a transition. As regular readers to my fledgling site know, I went live only six months ago, opining on topics such as technology, sports and law, with a spattering of politics. However, as the recently concluded general election got underway, I focused entirely on politics – particularly dispelling rumors about Obama’s background and policy positions, demonstrating the hypocrisy and misrepresentations of certain rhetoric coming from the McCain/Palin campaign and providing analyses behind seemingly benign campaign rhetoric.
On November 4, 2008, The United States, a country that a mere forty-four years ago effectively denied African-Americans the right to vote, elected an African-American president. While this historic moment probably does not signal an about-face for America on race relations, it is a moment all Americans can be proud of. After more than five hundred years, America can finally say to the world that it genuinely is a country committed to equal opportunity, that it finally is a country willing to look beyond race, ethnicity and gender to the content of a person’s character.