Okay first off, if you haven’t watched Obama’s inauguration speech please do so, it is so very worth your time.
Typically, inaugurations are more about what a great nation America is, with only a few broad points about policy or what they wish to accomplish in the next few years. Well boys and girls, this time was different.
Today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Obama talked a lot about equality. Racial equality, equality for women, and marriage equality. When talking about civil rights, he mentioned Stonewall, something that often gets overlooked. This has got to be my favorite part of the speech (sarting at 13:48).
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”
“That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.”
President Obama goes on calling for action, that decisions cannot be delayed and that we as citizens have the power to make it happen. The whole thing was very inspirational, and honestly, got me fired up to help support him where I can. Here we have a president that is not trying to take away the voters rights or rig the system if we don’t agree with him. We have a president that is encouraging the people to get involved, and that’s just what I’m going to do.
What were your thoughts on the speech readers?