Saturday, October 04, 2008

Mom Steals my Blog

Mom tells me she is stealing blog time from me to report on todays Free Bruce Springsteen/Obama rally on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly. Mom went alone since Dad and I went to see Dad's parents and we went for a nice walk and swim in the Pennypack Creek Park, even though it was a bit chilly. Ok, over to Mom...

I decided I couldn't miss the historic free Springsteen concert/rally today so I walked there this afternoon. I'm not sure how many people were there, probably over 20,000 and the atmosphere was one of great hope and longing for a change in November. I must say, at some point, while Bruce was singing The Rising, I got all choked up. I felt very much like I did back in South Africa in 1994 on the eve of the referendum to decide whether SA was ready for change, for an end of Apartheid. Hope was so huge then too amongst most South Africans, it was palpable eventhough we knew the referendum was a farce (only white people could vote - Yes for Change; No for status quo). The result was an overwhelming YES and thus SA was set on the path to non racial democracy and free/fair elections.

I hope too, that in November, Hope and Equality, Decency and Good win out as it did in SA.
It was amazing living through one peaceful revolution. Is it too much to hope to live through a second on November 4th?
Here are photos from today's rally/concert. Bruce totally rocked! I couldn't get very near - ironically I sat under the Pakistan flag!

God Bless America. God help America. Obama/Biden 2008


Gus said...

You are indeed lucky to have the chance to see such important happenings. Only hope that the outcome here is a positive one. I keep thinking about 1968, my first "active" political campaign, my first opportunity to vote, my first view of the brutal side of democracy, as practiced by the police in Chicago. We were so full of hope, and so determined to see change happen. And so depressed by the outcome. My hope now is that your generation, and my daughters' generation, can really make this happen.

gussie's older muzzer

Asta said...

Amen to evewything youw mom said!
love and cwossed paws and fingews and toes fwom all of us.
so glad she got to go to this tewwific eventI wowe my Obama nanana that Lenny sent me today's the best
smoochie kisses

Eric said...

Yeah! We are with you from this side of the pond and are hoping and praying too. Go Obama!Go America!The whole world needs that change, please make it happen.

Wiry wags, Eric x

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great time, D. Here's hoping for a great outcome in your election!

Raising Addie said...

Hi, Axel! It's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog. We hope to see you around!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

And Shana Tova to you sweet Axel!

We just learned that greeting///hope I spelled it right!

Wow...Bruce in person...and for what a cause!!

Sounds like ur mom had a fab time as did you Ax with ur dad...hey how are ur feets?? Hope that itchin' is much better Sweetie!!!

Love ya lots!