Letter to the Editor | Thursday, November 6, 2008
So, the greatest and most highly anticipated election in our nation’s storied history is finally over.
So, now what? Well, with all the post-election celebrating, post-election meltdowns and post-election analyses ranging from CNN to the most uneducated poli-sci major at your friendly local state school, we definitely have our hands full until Barack Obama does take his seat on the throne. However, rather than spending our minutes engaging in wild amounts of saturnalia, I suggest an alternative path: living.
What were you doing before the election? Probably preparing to watch, discuss, and mull over every detail of it with your friends, family, and anyone who would listen to you babble. (If you did not do this, congratulations, you are in a far better place, I’m sure.) However, for you election die-hards, here’s a suggestion … Go about your daily lives. Celebrate, or if you lost, be disheartened. But here’s the thing – Senator Obama, as he must be known until Jan. 20, is most likely not going to change the course of history during his next four years in office.
But, with all faith and luck, hopefully every student at our hallowed University will make the local community and the world at large a better place in that short time period. Whether you will go to a foreign country and spend months try to improve the lives of persons without daily necessities, or you invent something that revolutionizes a particular industry, or if you recycle and visit a homeless shelter in your local community, anything is better than doing nothing.
So I implore and encourage you, students of Our Lady, to go out there and be the change that you want to see. Yes, change has come to our politics, and we must all support one leader. But we cannot stop there, for more change is coming, in the form of you and me. This is the day, and you are the future.