Saturday, November 10, 2012

“The times … they are a-changin”

It’s been almost 50 years since Bob Dylan wrote that song. I hope he was watching TV on Tues. night and wonder if he was singing along …

“Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin. “

Yes, there is no doubt that America is changing and I, for one, find it very exciting. I love the diversity and, rather than fear the changes, I welcome them.

I was surprised to have tears well up in my eyes on election night as I watched the amazing mass of humanity that had gathered to honor the man who they (and I) had elected.   It was like watching a living embodiment of the NEW AMERICA and I found it incredibly touching.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I love how they seemed to turn on en masse to fight voter suppression.

3:19 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

As a member of the 47% I was very pleased as well. Diversity works for me as well... Heck my grandchildren are a veritable little United Nations...:)

6:02 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Yes, the times are a'changing. Seems only one political party took that into account.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins, said...

Some of the so-called change is greatly overblown by the media. Race is a myth. As for Hispanic they can be any 'race' and half of them are White. And folks don't live in clusters, they intermarry and their children are ??. Like troutbirder above, our family is everything under the sun including Black, White, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian.

The White part is English, Dutch, German, Polish, Scottish, Russian, and a few other things.

World migration and the subsequent mixing of peoples (all of who are descended from a common ancestor according to scientists) began ages ago. There is not now and never has been a "pure" anything when it comes to human beings. We all go back to the same source.

The 47% comment was taken out of context, as the unfortunate Romney was speaking of those 'who would not vote for' him. Looks like it was more than that at 50.4%. Oh well, you can be right all the time.

Congress is what matters anyway. The president is an administrator. Laws originate wih Congress, and it controls the purse strings.

The founders set it up like this because we are a republic...people who govern themselves.

Mr O will do well to listen to the half of the population who did not vote for him and their representatives by taking the middle road.

Most of the Reps are in safe seats and have nothing to fear if they stick to the principles they espoused (whether left or right) when they ran for office. Hence, gridlock.

My 2 cents, Dianne

8:15 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I found the election very reassuring. After 10 years of having the extreme wing of the Republican Party shape the public discourse, I had come to think it was the major voice America. I knew it did not represent those American friends and family I have, nor the views I lived with living 10 years in New England, but it seemed to be the extreme way the US was now moving. It appears this is not so. What a relief. Many, many Americans see to share Canadians openness to multiculturalism, accepting wide diversity. The extreme views of many Republicans hopefully is a regressive force and will become more and more irrelevant in the future.

8:23 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I agree with all. I teared up too.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Big John said...

I think that a more than few people this side of 'the pond' breathed a sigh of relief.

7:33 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Well, you know I cried... such relief! I was scared. People who promise war scare me, but that attracts the war mongers and gets their votes. Maybe we can have a little peace for a while - and get our kids out of Afghanistan NOW!
I love Canada, but don't have to move there just yet.

2:55 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

An excellent song to capture the meaning of this election. Yes, the times--they are a-changin' indeed.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

While I didn't stay up to watch the final results, I did see highlights online the morning afterwards. Hopefully both parties will work together for the greater good, regardless of who won or lost, but highly unlikely...sad to say.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Dylan was so prescient about many things. And he said before the election that Pres. Obama would win big. I am so very glad. I was relieved and felt happy that diversity, the rights of gays and women as well as the environment, education, and the middle class have a strong voice.

5:30 PM  

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