If you think political whoring in the Gambia started with the ascendancy of Yaya Jammeh to power, then you are surely mistaken. Granted the brutality that befall Gambia since Jammehcracy is unique in Gambian political life. However, the sycophantic nature our people hasn't change a bit...if anything it got reinforced. Click on the link below and listen to the 1992 PPP MansaKonko congress and see if much has change in the sycophancy department since, save for the players.
Nothing in my life has actually changed in the last weeks since Obama become our president elect. I have the same bills, the same amount of money in the bank, my disdain for the dictatorial rule of Yahya Jammeh is at an all time high (granted I don't talk about it much). Everything in my life is exactly the same as it was two weeks ago; and yet I feel as though everything is different.
I feel so much hope. I feel so much pride. I feel like my one vote was a single drop of water in a great Tsunami of change. I feel like I was one of a million voices screaming in the night, " I love my country and I'm taking it back!" I'm so proud of the country that I love and have so much hope in my heart that we can together heal the wounds that have been such a source of pain and anger to us all.
I know Obama isn't going to fix the economy overnight, I know he won't be able to provide healthcare to all Americans by February '09. I know Obama isn't a Messiah who four years from now will have turned this country into a fabled utopia. But I also know Obama will make moral decisions. I know Obama will try to unite where others try to divide. I know Obama will help to make America the beacon of hope it once was to others. I know that at 33 years of age, I witnessed one of the most important and hopefully glorious chapters in American history.
I know hope.
In a couple of hours we will be calling Barack Obama ...president elect. Ponder that for a minute. The returns coming in are marvelous for our man.
It is showtime tommorow. Barack obama has run a competent and dignify race. It is left to us to show up at the polls tomorrow rain or shine to join history's march. It is been a long tweenty two months for Obama supporters like yourstruly. But we are not taking anything for granted. We are going to work harder tomorrow ... Getting our supporters to the polling stations. We are giving it all we got. No time for complacency. The only poll that count is the final tally. We hope for the best, but it is showtime for now. Time to show up and vote. Time to showup and volunteer in getting folks without transportation to the polls or give them water or snacks as they wait in line. It is a one in a lifetime opportunity to show up and take a stand. We can't afford another four years republican theocracy.
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