Hope starts today

U.S. President-Elect Barrack Obama:

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.

Swap out categories of people in the first paragraph to PPP, PAD, “Red Shirt”, “Yellow Shirt Folks”, royalists, socialists, elitists, Buddhists, or Muslims.

Use “Thailand” instead of “America”.

That would be the speech I hope to hear one day in my home country. A united front of Thais who truly love their country and their King. A united front of the people who want to see the country move on forward. A united front of the people of peace.

Someday soon. I have hope.

And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Yes, we can too.

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