Dear President Obama

At the ODNet listserv, Matt Minihan asked, What would you want to hear from President Obama in his inaugural address on Tuesday?

I'd like to hear him address the reasons why I voted for him:

Peace - We have tried war. As Tevye the milkman said (in Fiddler on the Roof), "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth ? Soon the world will be blind and toothless." Clearly, it hasn't gotten us anywhere. Instead, let's try peace. Do we even know where to begin?

The Economy - Greed has taken us all over a cliff. We need much more than bailouts. We need a deep search in our souls. What will it take for all people to prosper?

Our Future - For the past eight years, we have been headed down a negative spiral. Where are we going as a nation? Where are we going as a global community of nations?

For me, the key values going forward are community, love, service, justice and stewardship. The great Dr. Martin Luther King, whose memory we celebrate this day, stood for these values.

America has always been a beacon of hope to people the world over. Our motto, e Pluribus Unum, means "out of many, One." We stand for a place of welcome, where anyone, no matter where they come from, can find a haven and be united with others.

Let us reclaim that dream.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, January 19, 2009


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