We are 30 days away from the most important presidential election in my lifetime. This election will basically set the tone for how things will go in the Unites States for the next four years.
The choices haven't been this stark since 1980. We can either elect Barack Obama and begin to reverse the horrible Bush policies of the last eight years and restore our tarnished reputation in the world, or we elect John McCain and continue the path to also ran status as a nation.
Fortunately the reality based part of the American electorate is leaning toward Obama. Even hard core Republicans are repulsed at just how badly this country has fared under Bush and are now feeling it in their wallets thanks to the economy tanking.
It has laid bare the failures of conservatism and Republican laissez faire policies for all to see.
Early voting has begun for people in several states, and I hope to see lines on election day as long as the ones South Africans stood in for their 1994 elections that catapulted Nelson Mandela to the presidency.
I also hope and pray that Nelson Mandela is blessed to see we Americans elect an eminently qualified man of African descent to become our leader as well.
But we still have a month to go and two debates left. The GOP isn't going to go down without a mudslinging, vote suppressing, dirty tricks laden fight. This next five weeks is going to be the hardest and most nerve racking part of this historic journey.
What keeps me motivated is visualizing November 4 and imagining what will happen when the announcement is finally made on Election Night when he has passed the magic 270 electoral vote mark and there is a sea of blue on a map of the USA indicating he's won.
Shoot, I already know what will happen. We'll be partying like it's 1992.