Let me first say congratulations to Senator Barack Obama. I hope you serve us well.
The presidency, the executive office of our republic, is not a prize to be sought and claimed but is a duty that we all must tend with our voices and our thoughts. We must seek to judge the decisions of our leaders, and strive to make them see reason and light at every turn.
Let us not grow complacent. Let us not forget the struggles that have led us to this place. The fact of this election is not overwhelming victory in the popular vote, though decisive it may be. The electoral vote was wider, but still we must examine our positions with ever greater care. We must recognize that four states have voted on the issue of equality and (as of this writing) two more of our neighbors have offended their own children with the continuance of discrimination.
We must not lose sight of the closing words to our nation’s pledge: liberty and justice, for all. We must remind those that are careless in their governance (for voting is indeed governance) that they have a duty to uphold the ideals that have made this country great.