The Road Forward

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Note:  I normally always post here at Docudharma first, but yesterday I ran into problems with my youtube code.  Took until this morning to resolve it with On The Bus’s kind assistance.  Thanks OTB.  🙂

I laughed, I cried, I laughed as I cried.

Congratulations America.  Congratulations President Obama.  And congratulations Docudharma, DailyKos and the Netroots.

I have prayed for a legitimate reason to be proud of my country.  That prayer has been answered.

Bob Dylan – Shooting Star

Of course it ain’t over.  It’s just begun.  Our role, I believe, will become even more important in the days to come.  The forces that have been arrayed against us are going nowhere.  There are a certain number of dead enders who don’t want to join our enlightenment.  You can see them trying to spin Obama’s victory away on the teevee right now.

We have a lot of lost ground to make up.  We need to remain vigilant IMO, in fact we need to step it up and make damn sure that we capitalize on our every advantage.  We must continue to fight ignorance, fear and hatred with education, reason and resistance.  And we must do so while cleaning up after those who have trashed our country.  Our work has only just begun.  We have a huge hole to dig out of…turns out it is an uphill battle dragging people out of the 20th century.  Gird your loins boys and girls, we’re being called to greatness.  Ours could turn out to be the greatest generation yet.  We better be.

Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Resistance to progress will remain fierce.  We must continue to fight that while facing the most daunting challenges our species has ever faced.  But at least now we have a shot.

This has been one hell of a history-making victory.  Despite the seriousness of our collective circumstances, one can’t help but relish just the merest taste of sweet schadenfreud.  

Bob Dylan – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Live 1965)

Our country needs us to continue to fight to ensure that America does right by the rest of the world, and by her own citizens.  We now have a real chance of changing things, but we face a struggle with entrenched powers.  It won’t be easy but we’ve got our shot.  Let’s make hay while the sun shines.  There is still a biosphere to be rescued. There are still Overton windows to be moved.  There are still people being tortured.  There are still wars to be stopped.  

Bob Dylan & Joan Baez – God on Our Side (Newport 64′)

We are beset with enormous challenges.  We have a lot of work to do.  May we draw strength from each other and show great courage going forward under the leadership of President Barack Obama.


Peace out!



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    • OPOL on November 6, 2008 at 16:26
    • Edger on November 6, 2008 at 17:00

    I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours. –Bob Dylan

    • RiaD on November 6, 2008 at 17:45


    as always……

    you say what i think.


    thank you


  1. I haven’t come down to earth totally yet.*  

    Yes, totally agree!  I think we probably must be even more vigilant now than before.  And while our focus is on Obama and him selecting his new cabinet, you just know that the Repugs are busy at work — right now, as buhdy points out — trying to define Obama for us, via the media.  But their dirty work will continue and we have to be on guard for what may be going on behind our backs, as we celebrate this stupendous victory and time of our history!  And, then, too, the criminals in office will be there until Jan. 20 — what “bomb” might they drop to make Obama’s monumental tasks even greater?  While I don’t enjoy these thoughts — I put nothing past them — nothing.

    So, I believe, our vigilance and stamina will need be even greater, as we will have even more responsibility yet.  In addition to “keeping guard,” we will need to continually aid and support Obama in directions and decisions. has “Congratulations Obama” message up to send to Obama read and sign, if you agree.  Here’s a small part of an e-mail sent me:

    PPPS – And here’s a list of 10 of Obama’s campaign promises that concern the world – you can find his full platform here Issues:

    -Reduce the US’s carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and play a strong positive role in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol

    -Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and keep no permanent bases in the country

    -Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe

    -Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center

    -Double US aid to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria

    -Open diplomatic talks with countries like Iran and Syria, to pursue peaceful resolution of tensions

    _De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of manipulation that led the US into Iraq

    -Launch a major diplomatic effort to stop the killings in Darfur

    -Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain labor and environmental protections

    _Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015

    But, at least as you say, now we have a chance!

    Thanks again!

    *(I was at the Obama Rally, in Chicago — about midway back in the middle of the huge field with the enormous video screen in front.  I can’t begin to tell you. Whata’ night!  Whata’ scene!  Whata’ feeling!  Tears, dancing, singing, high fives, everything — people were reeling from ecstasy — real joy! Haven’t seen anything like that in a long, long time.)

  2. here is a great link (sent to me by a “friend”) to keep up with the vote tallies — all of them.  

    • pfiore8 on November 6, 2008 at 20:28


    i will say it till i am sick of hearing myself say it:

    those we elect to uphold our laws must MUST be held accountable to the very letter of those laws. period.

    • Atticus on November 6, 2008 at 21:07

    Thanks OPOL.  This is my favorite Bob song:

    He played it at LiveAid back in 1985 with a reminder about the mortgages that were destroying farmers.

    It was never more appropriate than now.

    • AAF on November 6, 2008 at 21:25

    Thanks OPOL, for all your wonderfully impassioned diaries, they kept us going!

    • Robyn on November 6, 2008 at 23:35

    I laughed, I cried

    It became a part of me.

  3. Tried to post King Harvest

    The embed code failed.

  4. you know something big has happened.

    A suggestion: finish the bottle, enjoy it, get a good rest, think about the miracle that’s occurred.  And then, get back to it.

    Obama’s our president.  But We, that’s you and me, need to get on the task of leading the country.  This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.

    ps. Thaks Opol.  Great stuff.

    • kj on November 8, 2008 at 15:12

    i found myself in the den of mccain supporters most of last week, with their anger, and as i was getting sick with a cold  and had little energy to join the rejoicing on-line.  my soul wants to fly with this for a few days, really fly, see the landscape below.  this essay gives me that chance.

    so thanks.  

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