By Brent Budowsky - 11/05/08 06:46 PM EST
When Barack goes to Berlin again, there will be a million Europeans there to wish America well as a generation of young people at home and abroad are reminded again of the timeless power of the American idea.
Nov. 4 was a moment for the ages, a message to the world. It was the night Old Dixie died. Effective immediately, any mom or dad, anywhere in America, can tell any boy or girl that they can do anything in America. The torch has been passed from the Emancipation Proclamation to Americans today.
For citizens of the world, wherever they reside, we open a new chapter in history reminiscent of the spirit of John F. Kennedy, whose picture still graces the walls on every continent of the world.
It will not be easy. It is a hard and dangerous world. Obama will be tested. Joe Biden should not have said it, but what he said was true. The force of our ideas has the power of our mightiest weapons; but the chimes of freedom must be defended with a prepared military.
My advice: Perhaps President Bush and Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), in collaboration, might send two prominent Americans to a private meeting with Vladimir Putin. Perhaps Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), two war heroes with global credibility representing both parties, might send this message:
“Do not test American resolve. Work with us to build a better world, but do not underestimate us. We are ready, we are strong, and we are together.”
More advice: Let’s mobilize the American people for a national unified campaign to support our troops, vets and military families, who have endured great hardship with good will, great character and unlimited patriotism.
Why not, Mr. President-elect, summon the great talents of Hollywood and Broadway and the great artists and athletes and writers of our age for the largest USO tour in history to give mobilized support to those who serve?
Why not have a modern version of the war bond — call it a Patriot Bond — that would be a conservative investment similar to the savings bond to raise money for wounded troops, homeless veterans, jobs programs and huge unmet long-term needs?
As America approaches a holiday season with far too much hunger and homelessness in the land, while we fix our economy, why not mobilize the men and women of the various faiths of America to work together to extend the hand of hope to those in need, bringing together the great religions of America?
Let’s chart a new course, initiate a new era, no matter how hard our times, by challenging all of our people to ask what they can do for our country — and then doing it.
The chimes of freedom ring throughout the land, at a moment that will be remembered for the ages. Opportunity, patriotism, hope, inspiration, idealism, purpose, resolve, daring, courage and the highest ideals of the American character call on us to celebrate this moment, and even more, to make this moment a new beginning for a nation to unite.
The chimes of freedom ring true again, in those noble ideals that inspire young people everywhere. From our troops to our churches, from our schools here to those who stood with Barack in Berlin, this is a moment that defines a generation. Let’s make the most of it.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and read on The Hill Pundits Blog.