Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 13, 2012

Obama win overcomes a fading past, heralds a new age

Maureen Hayden
CNHI Statehouse Bureau

Indianapolis — Stubbornly, America has turned the page from a distant past to an inclusive future.

Living in this time period and seeing the past fading away in the 2012 elections can be compared to that time when America was transitioning from an age of horse-back riding to the automobile age. At that time period, there were many horse-back riders who resisted the coming change to automobiles. However, there were those that accepted a future with automobiles and knew that horse-back riding was a fading past.

The 2012 election results should serve as a wake-up call to many in the Republican Party that the future is about real inclusiveness; and the distant past is a past that’s fading away; a past that’s out lived its usefulness.

The America that once was, reflected in the crowds Gov. Romney drew on the campaign trail, is a fading America holding onto outdated notions of the past.

With the Obama win, the world has witnessed an America leading the way toward a tent where all ideas are heard and all talents considered. That’s the America seen in the crowds President Obama drew on his campaign trail. That America has turned the page from an old way to a new way; that new way will lead the world in tolerance.

The Obama win is about a melting-pot America updating and modernizing its tolerance.

Alfred Waddell

West Dennis, Mass.