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After the Elections... The Promise of Change...And the Change We Need
8 | REVOLUTION | revcom.us | November 23, 2008
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You couldn’t miss it on Election
Night. People actually pouring
into the streets to celebrate the
election of a president. Emotions ran
high, and tears flowed.
And in the days after: people talking to
friends and strangers alike of hope.
Hope for a coming era of change from
the horrors of the Bush years. Hope for
overcoming racism. Hope for a new era
of service to the common good.
Hope—hope that is founded on the real
possibilities for fundamental change in
this world—is indeed precious.
Dedicating your life to something higher
than the ethic of “I-want-mine” is so
vital that the future of humanity
actually depends on it. And
divisions of society based on inequality
and oppression must be at the heart of
any real movement for social change.
But now, in the days and weeks after,
one must ask and honestly grapple with
some basic and very serious questions.
Hope for what?
Service to what?
Unity around what goals and what
And victory for whom?
Now that Barack Obama has been
elected, the question is posed for all
those who genuinely desire changes so
desperately needed by the people of the
What are you going to do now?
Will you fight for the changes that got
you to put your hopes in Obama? Or will
you “wait and see”? But how long will
you wait, and how much will you have to
see? What will you find intolerable? At
what point will you step up and resist?
If you’re asking, “But what can we do?
We say: There IS real HOPE and real SERVICE to bring about REAL
change—work that urgently cries out to be done.
There is the work of fighting for your best ideals and hopes for
change. There is the work of actually digging into how the world
really works, into America’s real place and role in that world, and