Monday, January 14, 2008

"The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on."-- John McCain

Mary Edwards Wertsch writes in her essay "Another Reason to Be Proud

The extraordinary transformation of societal attitudes that culminated in the inauguration today of President Barack Obama began in our sector of American society: the United States military.
Our schools were integrated long before the civilian world could get its head around the idea.

Our forces were integrated when countless work places, colleges, clubs, sports teams, and public events were not.

Our sector at its best is a color-blind meritocracy—and even with its flaws and occasional slips, it continues to be a shining example of racial fairness compared to civilian society, and an extraordinary success story.

I couldn’t agree more. Ms Wertsch has literally transformed my life with her hard work and research when it comes to being raised in the military. I finally feel a sense of self-identity and can understand why I do and say and think the things that I do.

I was never really "aware" of the integration of schools until I was in college and we were at the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement. The school I went to decided to put all the African-American women on one floor in the dorm. Eventually I was the Resident Adviser for that floor. It was a bit rough getting to know each other, but by the end of the year we had gained each others trust. It was a great joy to run into a few of my floor mates at a recent reunion.

Before he became a senator for Arizona the longest place he had ever lived was Hanoi. I voted for McCain because first and foremost I know he is and will always do his best for our country. Secondly it is probably the only time in my life that I will ever get to vote for someone who comes from the same military brat culture that I do.

During the campaign a woman stood up and began relating her fears about Obama because he is of Arabian decent and the moment McCain gently took the mic away from her and assured her and the many others who harbor similar fears, that Obama is a kind and wonderful family man. I knew then he was out to loose his election. The first hint was the fact that McCain firmly refused to use the race card played by the infamous Rev Wright.

While many Republicans are throwing up their hands in confusion and dismay there are many brats who know and understand because we were raised by the military and we are aware that McCain sacrificed this for his country as he has done so many times in the past. He had the wisdom and foresight to understand that this was the time to set aside his personal ambitions and become a part of what will probably be one of the most remembered history-making events of this century.