The people have spoken. Barack Obama is the president-elect of the United States of America. Democracy in action. It is an historic occasion with much rejoicing by many.
Some of our citizens are puzzled that candidates with questionable resumes can be elected in spite of their backgrounds. Campaign finance and all that money raised by Obama's campaign is still unresolved. Where did the millions come from? Donors using false names contributed over the Internet. Sometimes their true identity and country of origin were not known. Some monies came from Nigeria, Pakistan, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Canada, as well as other places abroad. Why were so many from other nations trying to influence the outcome of an American election?
American voters largely ignored the president-elect's background, associates, idealogy, and were not all that interested in specifics about how he intended to redistribute the wealth. They forgave his prior drug use and failure to salute the American flag. They did not take to heart his statement in his book that if the political winds blew in an ugly direction, he would side with Muslims!
None of this kept people from turning out in large numbers and standing in lines for hours to cast their ballots for Barack Obama, their pied piper, and now our president-elect. He is the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Those who sacrificed, marched, organized, and turned out to vote had tears in their eyes seeing one of their dreams come true. They judged the man on his current standing in our nation and not on his past.
The time has come for each of us to put any bias we had aside. The people's voices have been heard. They made their choice and although we may disagree with policies and issues, we are obliged in a democracy to honor our commander-in-chief and the high office he holds.
Barack Hussein Obama has fought the fight and won the prize. He deserves a chance to succeed. The fact that he and others elected have questionable backgrounds may reflect the many changes in American standards, morals and ethics since grandfather's day.
There is always a chance that the president-elect will meet the many national challenges and turn out to be a great leader. He has already achieved the highest office, long considered unattainable for a black American.
Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author, and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.