About 80% of the country approved of President Obama’s State of the Union address. I can say I count myself among them, although not because I agree with much of the policy being proposed. I am not sure how coal becomes clean, how wars build security, or why immigrants should “get in line.” But I appreciated the spirit of the speech and in particular, a sincere belief in the democratic process represented in the quote below.
“But remember this: I never suggested that change would be easy or that I could do it alone. Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That’s just how it is.”
President Obama is the first president in my lifetime who continuously invites us to take part, the average folks, who in the end will live with whatever policy gets hashed out in bi-partisan quarreling. He reminds us that if we want health care and immigration reform, in peace, with government accountability, to not stop trying because it gets messy or chaotic.
I appreciate that nod while the Republicans hold the Senate hostage with a 60 vote majority, Democrats cannot seem to really talk to each other, and the Supreme Court throws a “for sale” sign on the White House lawn with their “money equals free speech” ruling for corporations.
Now more than ever is a time to be involved, to stay tuned in, to reach out and dream. One of the best opportunities I know of to be a part of that communal dream is the U.S. Social Forum, scheduled to take place in Detroit this June. I have included a link below for anyone ready to join a messy, chaotic walk to a fuller democratic state….Peace Liz