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Last night under the Chicago sky, President Obama gave his farewell speech that left the American public with a faint sense of hope for the next four years. As a senior, it’s hard to imagine not seeing Obama when the term president is mentioned, and as a Hispanic, it will be difficult to associate the president-elect with the term “leader of the free world.”
However, if anything can be grasped from the parting words of a two-term president it would be when he said, “That’s what you did. You were the change. Because of you, by almost every measure, America is a stronger, better place than it was when we started.”
Essentially, as Americans, it will be vital that America stands as a family for the next four years, and if the former leader of the free world has an optimistic view of the future, then it is not unimaginable for the United States.
Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift,” he said. “But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power, with our participation and the choices we make, whether or not we stand up for our freedoms, whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.”
The gains of our journey are also not to be wasted either, in the past we have made strives to humanity that were considered unbelievable such as allowing members of the LGBT community to legally marry, allowing women into the workforce and even providing equal opportunity to anyone despite background and ethnicity. So it should be a personal mission to preserve these rights and not allow them to be ignored after the next presidency.
And as Americans, and even more importantly as a Mexican-American, just because someone pushes a race of people off the face of the country. America is not just home, but it’s also salvation for millions of people who seek to escape their countries to limitations on their civil rights. However, only time will tell if the United States becomes the next country that forces its people to escape and become immigrants to another foreign country.
And to be frank, I know now how the author of “My Captain, O Captain” felt.