I know that what I’m about to say is pessimistic and cynical, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t voice how I felt.
Over the past week, with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, we’ve heard words that have been all but forgotten over the last eight years – openness, hope, change.
BUT – The fanaticism of Obama supporters scares me. (I know, I know, pretty ironic to say since I’m a supporter…)
Maybe it’s my Russian heritage or my Jewish faith (or BOTH!) that make me distrustful of a government and its leaders, but when someone in a position of power has such a strong following it makes me nervous. Right now our president-elect is using his influence for “good”, but what if he decided to use it for “evil”?
Again, let me be clear, the identity of the individual himself does not really matter, it’s the willingness of a large, collective group of people to do whatever the individual says that makes me a bit uneasy.
I can only hope that my fears are unfounded and that the next four (or more!) years will be marked by an era of openness, one that brings very positive change.