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Into The Light. January 20, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.

From the darkness, from the depths of despair, from a place of shame and dishonor, a nether world of evil clowns and idiot kings, a place of nightmares which only get worse when you wake; from an existence defined by illogic, irrationality, a total disregard for facts, a disinterested dismissal of the truth, a complete contempt for the rule of law, never mind for common decency, from a life of head-hiding embarrassment, of endless, insufficient apologies, of feeling deserving of the world’s disdain, of watching impotently as everything you value crumbles before your eyes, is shredded, turned under, pissed on; from a miasma of moral turpitude, of gut-churning wrongness, of sleepless nights and silent screams and cold sweats and a poisonous rage which comes ever closer to destroying your soul,

Into the light of reason, of rationality, of considered judgements, of intelligent discourse and decent diction, of noble ideas, of curiosity, of concern for others, of Hope.

Thank you, Mr. Obama, for knowing where the light is, for throwing the switch, for driving back the beasts of ignorance and arrogance and fear and greed, for having faith in us and in yourself, for taking the first steps in a new direction, toward the light, toward respect and responsibility, toward a future we can face with pride, with determination, with our sleeves rolled up, with each others’ best interests in our hearts and in our minds.

This journey will be long and difficult, with success not guaranteed, but if we all pull together, it just might be possible.

And I’m so damned glad to be beginning.


1. Christina - January 20, 2009


2. kkryno - January 20, 2009

I’m with you!

Turn on the high-beams and watch us whistle while we work!


3. Laurie B - January 20, 2009

Hey Mr. CR. your voice makes my heart sing. It’s all bald truth. Finally, we might have a leader that would appreciate hearing your point of view. Time will tell, but here’s hoping.

4. sylvia - January 21, 2009

My dear, CR, you say it beautifully and you do indeed make my heart sing as well! What an incredible day this has been and I do feel so much hope and joy for the first time in a very long time. I have laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve sung, and danced around the house and it has been wonderful — glad no one was around to watch the old broad cutting loose, but it did feel magnificent! I know it won’t be easy and we’ve a long way to go, but we’ve started the journey and that’s what’s important. Sleep well, my friend, it is a new day tomorrow!

5. Bobbie - January 21, 2009

You are as good with words as with your camera.
I’m going to have to link to this one.

6. lahru - January 21, 2009

It is a very good feeling to not have someone grabbing at our ankles, sticking their foot out to trip us, throwing things in our way and governing like a stoned college freshman.

It is going to be great to have someone lead us rather than telling all of us where to go.

7. sherry - January 21, 2009

oh i wish him well!

8. Paul in ABQ - January 21, 2009

Beautifully put, CR. And a hearty concurrence.

9. Suzer - January 21, 2009

Amen, amen!

10. clairz - January 21, 2009

Thank you for putting it all into words! I also like the comment above–“governing like a stoned college freshman.”

At my house, we drank champagne, watched the hopeful faces, wept for joy, and crossed our fingers–after so long, it seems almost too good to be true. But I guess that is what hope is all about.

11. Dianne - January 21, 2009

I heard the switch being thrown – heard it in my head, my heart, my soul.

Beautiful CR – you’re an artist of words as well as images.

12. kenju - January 21, 2009

oooh….well said! Bobbie sent me.

13. Steve Emery - January 21, 2009

I’ve got to post, now, on this event, as well. Eloquent, poetic post! And nice tie-in (second paragraph) with Obama’s campaign theme.

14. Lisa - January 21, 2009

Beautifully put. I look forward to what comes next.

15. littlebangtheory - January 21, 2009


Thanks for stopping by, from wherever you are.

Isn’t it astonishing that, whatever distance separates us physically, we were all joined at the heart yesterday, feeling the world move beneath us, change direction, and begin the long journey back to a place of peace and sustainable prosperity!

I’m really glad to have you folks as traveling companions on this one.


16. Spartacus - January 22, 2009

Well put, CR. The lamp of reason is now switched on. Let’s hope it stays that way.

17. Kvatch - January 22, 2009

This journey will be long and difficult, with success not guaranteed, but if we all pull together, it just might be possible.

But at least now we seem to have a president with a taste for the work. Not like that ass-wipe Bush.

18. Comrade Kevin - January 22, 2009

Hear, hear!

19. Pagan Sphinx - January 23, 2009

I’m late! I’m late! But I didn’t miss it! Excellent prose!

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