Inauguration, Progress, and Baby Steps

Today is all about the second term inauguration of Barack Obama.

The Prez

I’m pretty much speechless.

It was a scary battle. Stupid white men seem to be forever interfering in the country’s progression. The Republican party leadership created a war on women and their rights; religion has become more fanatic in their efforts to control individual rights.

I repeat: It’s not about your personal beliefs, your morality. It’s about everyone’s right to make personal choices.

Then there is corporate America making the rich richer and exerting control and power over the rest of us.

It’s pretty sad when a group of right wing fanatics can stop the country from moving forward on universal healthcare and a fair and simple tax structure. It’s pretty sad when Medicare and Social Security are discussed in terms like ‘fix’ and ‘hard choices’.

The only ‘hard choice’ I see is to assess the same payroll taxes on 100% of everyone’s income. I pay it on 100% of mine. And it is such a simple solution.

I apologize for any redundancy. Do these opinions bear repeating? I think so.

He’s been sworn in. He’s approaching the formal inauguration this morning. We have come far.

My great grandfather and great grandmother were born not too far past the Civil War. They lived and worked on a farm in Faulkner County, raised three daughters, and all of them used the ‘N’ word. It was what they knew. I don’t think it was intended maliciously, at least for the most part, it was just common usage.

I hated it when I heard it. I flinched every time. I attempted to correct it.

I can only say that I believe we have slowly begun, as a nation, to see people and not color. It gives me hope. Generations removed from that time in our history, we have made progress. Barack Obama stands as a reminder to us all that we can choose our politicians, our friends, and our families based on shared values, ideas, and dreams, even shared compromises.

We’re still a baby country. Let’s hope that as we approach adolescence we begin to mature in our ability to follow the Biblical advice to care for even the least among us.  I think many issues we face as a country can be healed with that advice and the simple embracing of the Golden Rule. The one most of us learned early.

So, before you vote or argue a point, whether you are a politician or average Joe just trying to make a living, perhaps you can ask yourself: Would I want this for myself, my children? Will this be harmful or helpful for the poor, the hungry, the old, the sick?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Simple. Succinct. Easy to remember.

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