The end of a year is always a time to reflect. Where have we just been? Where are we now? What lies ahead?
This New York Times editorial looks at America on the last day of 2007. Using the language we too often have come to expect from the Times, they see our country in grim, dark terms. "Contempt for the Constitution," sorrowful sense of estrangement," "lawless behavior." While I would be the last to defend all that our nation has done, and while I am by no means supportive of everything this administration has done (and not done) - I, nevertheless, see quite a different America.
I see an America where all things are possible. Irrespective of the color of your skin, your nation of origin, your religion, your sex, the class into which you were born - you can achieve greatness in this country. I see a woman, overweight and black, who is now a billionaire and one of the most powerful, famous and beloved people on the planet. I see candidates for President: male, female, black, Hispanic, Mormon, Catholic, born again, from all parts of the country. While we now have no idea which one will represent the Republicans and the Democrats, we know that they are not immediately out of the running, as they surely would have been a generation ago.
As a Realtor, I see many families "up close and personal." I see loads of "mixed marriages" - white and black, Hispanic and Jewish, Russian and Irish - all thriving, some with babies and toddlers who will lead the way into this new century. I see individuals who were immigrants, children of those who came here with nothing, now gloriously successful and thriving. On my own block, an upscale area of the 'burbs, I see a wealth of diversity. My neighbors are Indian, white, black, Jew, gentile, older and younger.
I see a country where innovative ideas and entrepreneurship can lead to mind-boggling success - a place where time and stronger civil rights laws have led to opportunities and advances for all of us. While our society still struggles with the changes that such advances cause, for the most part, we are moving in the right direction.