have been caught up in watching all that has to do with our election
process for President of the United States. I am not sure why it has
become my past time of late. Watching debates, pundits and the great
political commentators late into the evening. Someone told me that I
was becoming obsessed. I have found it thrilling on many levels. I
was observing this morning how much like a sports commentator some of
the political analyst are….the play by plays, the speculations, the
excitement in their voice at the upsets to their predictions…it is
really almost comical. But intriguing…
being age 45, I have come to a place in my life where the issues of the
day have grabbed me. I want to know what the candidates are talking
about, how they are saying things and what is between the lines of
their passion. No matter what side of the fence you are on, one can
not deny the place in history this election will mark. A woman, an
African American, a former POW, a Baptist Minister and a Mormon. Wow!
Have we not come to a place where this election says "America".
Personally, I think it reveals the dreams of our fore fathers. Freedom
to become. And men and women, who came after, moving forward to that
dream, giving life to their words and passion.
As Thomas Jefferson penned in the opening of the Declaration of Independence….
hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
And later in in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 that predates the US Constitution by seven years…
Article I. All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural,
essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the
right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of
acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of
seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
In 1850 by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address…
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
And no one will ever forget the words that continue to ring out, spoken on August 16, 1963 by Martin Luther King, Jr…..
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the
true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal.
Later in a Day of Affirmation Speech in 1966 given by Robert F. Kennedy said these words
"Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work
to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts
will be written the history of this generation … It is from
numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is
thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve
the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a
tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different
centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can
sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
a 1964 televised campaign speech that has been referred to as the
speech that launched Ronald Reagan’s political career he said…..
If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the
last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the
people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign
people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long
history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election.
Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we
abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual
elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we
can plan them ourselves.
words, I believe, ring more true today than they did then…as my MSN
friend JW Leigh so eloquently stated that we must be apart of the
change, we must make a stand against injustice and we must use our God
given right to choose. To vote…to be informed and to vote wisely. I
hope all of you will make the effort to make that stand and let your
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.