Mittwoch, November 05, 2008

Professor Simon Schama on historic Obama victory on BBC

I watched BBC news this morning and Professor Simon Schama made very interesting remarks about the importance of the historic Obama victory in the us elections today. He reminded the viewers that Thomas Jefferson who rote the Declaration of Independence in 1776 had hundreds of slaves himselve...and that only today America really has overcome racial differences that were still laying as a burden on the country.

In the Preamble to his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote:

"...We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness;..."

Hundreds of years after these words have been written down, several years after Martin Luther King died, the United States of America now do have an afro-american president, who should make all Americans proud, no matter which skin colour someone might have.

Barack Obama has an incredible hard job and the world is facing tough times. However this change was needed and it will be for the better.

It was very emotional to see the pictures on BBC and CNN today of millions of Americans from different ethnic backrounds celebrate together with a positive spirit and optimistic look ahead. Good luck to America and good luck to Barack Obama!


Anonym hat gesagt…

Time for a Klugscheißerkommentar ;-)

In der Schule habe ich aber einen anderen Anfang der Unabhängigkeitserklärung gelernt:

"We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Etwas weiter heißt es dann:

"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

Schade, dass es 8 Jahre dafür gebraucht hat...;-)

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