Terry Paulson

Even in defeat, I'm still proud to be an American! Those who call America "the Great Satan" must now explain how Barack Hussein Obama could become president. This young black man from humble origins worked hard to achieve success and advanced degrees, shaped a compelling mission and belief in himself and his country, and then went on to run a disciplined and inspiring campaign that received the votes of over 53% of Americans. No "Great Satan" would allow such a thing, but a great country could!

In America, you don't need to overthrow the government to take the White House. George and Laura Bush will leave and Barack and Michelle Obama will move in. They'll shake hands and exchange pleasantries, for the American story isn't a movie with one happy ending. It's one of the longest-playing and impressive soap operas to ever play on the world stage—"As America Turns." One season ends and a new cast of characters launches a new episode full of promise and challenges that are guaranteed to keep our attention.

Obama didn't earn my vote, but he'll be my president. As part of the loyal opposition, I'll support him where I can and challenge him where I must. When I disagree, I'll try to do so with civility and respect. Name calling doesn't persuade; it polarizes. Disagreements will come, but, today, we can celebrate our shared American blessings.

Martin Luther King's dream has taken flight! The divisive age of affirmative action can now give way to a glorious age of affirmative examples. We've had minorities become CEOs, Supreme Court justices, senators, and attain every category of professional excellence, but there's always that lingering doubt that when white Americans would vote behind a curtain, their racial biases would always reject a black American president. That myth has died! As with many other Americans, I celebrate that a black American has earned the right to lead this country. He didn't need extra illegal votes or a Supreme Court decision; he broke through with a decisive victory! I would have preferred Condoleezza Rice, but Barack Obama will have to do! May minority Americans now take heart that the American Dream is for them and white America isn't your enemy. Follow Obama’s example; get busy bettering yourself, excelling in school and applying your God-given talents.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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