I was going to post will i am’s, Yes We Can video, but it seems as if every blogger in the blogosphere has done that, so I am choosing a different video to post instead. This is Dave Stewart’s American Prayer, and it is my second favorite song from the silly season.
It didn’t get as much play or attention as did will i am’s song, but it’s just as meaningful in its own way so I wanted to highlight it today.
I am more reflective today than I was yesterday. During the campaign, I was running on adrenaline. I was just waiting for the day when I could vote for a candidate in whom I passionately believed. Then, voting day, I was a mess as I waited for the returns. After Obama won, I wept for joy, but it was tempered with the crushing pain I felt that Prop 8 had passed in California. Then, I felt as if I was in limbo waiting for then President-Elect Obama to take office.
Finally, it has come. Bush’s reign is over, and we are ushering in a new day. I’m not going to lie to you–we are in a shithole right now, and it’s not going to be easy to climb out of it. It can be done, but everybody has to participate. To that end, here is MY agnostic deist American prayer (with a healthy dash of my personal dream thrown in):
One day, I will be able to look at the way someone treats me and NOT have to wonder if she is acting that way because of my race.
One day, I will be able to talk about my female partner and no one blinks an eye.
One day, I will be able to say that I am an agnostic deist, and I won’t immediately be condemned to hell (in which I do not believe).
One day, we will care as much about people living in poverty as we do the CEOs of failed corporations who have to sell their seventh car (a Caddy) in order to save a little money.
One day, we will have healthcare for every person in the United States.
One day, I will be able to turn on the TV to any channel and see someone who looks like me. Not only that, she will BE like me as well.
One day, we will have a viable third political party and a runoff system. On that same day, it will not cost millions of dollars to run a campaign for higher office.
One day, we will have a female president. This is nonnegotiable in MY American Prayer. It may even be my niece, in which it’ll be a twofer.
One day, people will use facts and logic to make decisions, not fear, hatred, and rhetoric. They might even throw in a little compassion into the mix.
One day, we will look at gender roles and realize that they, like racial identies, are completely socially constructed.
One day, transpeople will not have to be made to feel like freaks because they had the misfortune of being born in the wrong bodies.
One day, people of all religions will be able to actually engage in thoughtful conversation with each other instead of bombing the hell out of each other.
One day, being green will be affordable for everyone, and it will actually be more of a pain in the butt to be brown.
One day, we will truly believe that what is good for the collective is good for the individual.
One day, Alan Rickman will be celebrated for the god that he is. (My dream, my rules).
One day, kids will be asking their parents what took us so long to reach the point of true equality for everybody.
This is just my short prayer/dream because it’s all off the top of my head. I am sure I will add to it in days to come.