Wednesday, November 7, 2012

View From My Window: Election 2012

I've purposefully avoided politics on my blog this past year. What I witnessed during my three weeks in the States...non-stop political ads and commentary...and on Facebook...more political cleverness... convince me that I was right to keep my two cents worth to myself. I couldn't compete with the eloquence of some voices: I didn't want to compete with the negativity and strident tones of others. I  logged onto the internet with some trepidation this morning, but was thrilled to see that my guy won! So, here's my political opinion: YAY!

That being said...now the hard work begins. I think Abraham Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg Address. We have a 'government of the people, by the people, for the people...'  'Of the people' means we get to choose; that's democracy in action. 'By the people' means we all have a responsibility to do the work of government. 'For the people' means that government is responsible for everyone...rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight...everyone. Last night in his victory speech, President Obama said this again, eloquently. I'd recommend that everyone--Democrat or Republican--listen to him share his vision of America. I listened to it here on CNN. This is the vision our country was founded on and the vision I hold for its future. We've elected the right leader to move America towards its vision. Now it's up to rest of us to help him do the work to get us there.

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