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.

7 responses to “Hope starts today

  1. Thai Family Man

    I just heard Obama’s concession speech on tv and I have to say it was moving. He choose his words well and delivered them with real class. Hopefully his is a new kind of politics that does not look to blame and bully its way in the world. We shall have to wait and see here.
    As for Thailand, I dont see a charasmatic leader at the moment, there is only the King. Much like America though, people have to show them what the want and expect, no more conflicts.

  2. Yay Oakmonster! Just thinking this afternoon that had not seen a blog here by you in a long time!


    Hate to say it, but I think the only thing that can unite Thailand is a major threat from outside. I can not see any other way, as the country is so polarized.

  3. Despite all the newspaper headlines, the people who make history is not Obama, but the Americans in general.

    Thai Family Man writes that he doesn’t “see a charismatic leader” in Thailand. Thailand did have a charismatic leader. His name was Thaksin. Of course he is a fugitive now.

    Thais don’t need a charismatic leader. What they need are rule of law, determination to resolve conflict in a democratic way and a society that is less hierarchical.

  4. Not sure thaksin was a charismatic leader. I dont thinks. If you put money and politics together than its never about the people in a country whereever in the world. Thaksin was a business man. Business means making money grow more power indulce in the temptation of greed, to keep it short, people who done big bsiness loo for their own atvantage first. The other people actually far away.

    As long growing selfishness and egotistic manner is there no change and peacefull solution will come up. The rich elite is just to selfish, looking only with one eye like a zyclope.

    Kick out business man of politics!

  5. Thai Family Man

    ok, maybe charasmatic leader was the wrong word. I still dont see a thai leader who inspires me to think he can move the country forward. I hope I am wrong and somebody comes forward because Thailand has in many ways the right ingredients to be a well functioning modern developed country. Sadly our neighbours in Myanmar are in an even worse state, but look at what the military is doing to the place and let it be warning that Thailand needs to get back on track and stop the endless in-fighting which gives the military another chance to decide the future of the country.

  6. If he get a chance, I’d like to see what Khun Mark can do for us.

  7. Wow, this blog post seems so ancient now. I remember Hope & Change. Now all we have left is “I hope we have some change left in our pockets when the depression is over”. We wanted badly for Obama to succeed. We needed a real leader. Obama certainly knew what to say, but once again we are left with a government that does not represent the people.