The Great American Soap Opera
There will never be another first African American President. When the time comes, there will not be a first woman president or a first openly gay president, either. When those days arrive as they surely will, I hope to be around to see them. Each milestone should be celebrated, as is this first, as another moment when enough citizens of this great country cast aside lingering bigotries, prejudices and biases to simultaneously transcend that candidate's racial, gender or sexual identity and embrace them at the same time. January 20th will be a great day; it would be nice if we could put aside our political or other differences to celebrate this achievement in our nation's history. One of Barack Obama's heroes sums it up best:
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln, 1862
I am not the spokesperson for "Black America" in this matter or any other. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Daytime Confidential, its generous and exceptional staff or its fine community of bloggers. Like each of you, I am a fan of soaps and continuing drama. I love a great narrative, full of human foible, folly and hubris; operatic tales of love, honor, passion and grand emotion; populated with heroes, villains, lovers and everyday people caught up in forces bigger than themselves; narratives chock-a-block with contradictions, resolutions and unexpected plot twists with long-awaited payoffs — all them leading into the next tense, suspenseful, exciting chapter that spins off in directions we may or may not have anticipated. Ultimately, we hope that good will triumph over evil and that if happily ever after doesn't come today, we might still search for it tomorrow. That is the bright promise of every show we love as fans, even if they don't always live up to our expectations. In a way, this is also the promise of our country.
It is the continuing story of The Great American Soap Opera.