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    justiceputnam, shanikka

    you for your honesty.
    Must say though, that we hold Barack Obama to an impossibly high standard. It is absolutely blows me away when I see the things we have demanded from this man.

    We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
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    For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.
    So he didn't use the word poor? What about the word poverty? Does that count?
    But wait, he did use the word poor!
    And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:38:02 PM PST

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      And thank you for correcting me.  But I see nothing that acknowledges that we as Americans are responsible for the poor in ways more than just saying "here's an opportunity"  It's not just about hope or chances to succeed- it's about making sure that children don't got to bed hungry or cold or in the dark while they're hoping.  It's nice to say "we should all feel this way."  Indeed, I presume he's always felt this way since I presume the best about him in that regard.  But in terms of talking about our nation's direction, the direction for his admininstartion, it sure would have been nice to acknowledge that for all those other folks hope has been a rather unsatisfying meal, such that in his last four years, he's actually going to DO something more than just symbolism to move the needle in terms of what every poor American has a right to expect from their government.  

      As far as "impossible standard", I disagree fundamentally that it's impossible to articulate expectations and desires for our country beyond "feel good to everyone" slogans when one is the most powerful man in the "free world", in absolutely no danger of ever going broke or being poor ever again for him or his family thanks to the office that gave him that power and its long-term value, even as one can readily articulate the challenges in getting those expectations and desires from our country met legislatively.  It is certainly politically inconvenient and I will even concede that it is extraordinarily so if one wishes to still stay in politics in America (although it's a lot less so if you're an incumbent who has nothing to lose since you're not able to be re-elected.)  But then again, Dr. King wasn't about easy.  President Obama in swearing in on his Bible asked, even without asking, to be compared to him.  Well, the comparison doesn't go over that well; Dr. King of course was willing to tell the truth, shame the devil, and die for what he believed in.  

      But in all this, of course, reasonable minds can differ, and in this case do.  Thanks again for correcting me, and for hearing me out.

      •  Not so at all. (1+ / 0-)
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        Lying eyes
        President Obama in swearing in on his Bible asked, even without asking, to be compared to him.
        President Obama swearing in on his Bible is an acknowledgement of the work Dr. King did and a subtle move to put him on the same level as the Founding Fathers. It also served to remind us that the Inauguration was being held on MLK Day.
        Very disappointing that there should be any controversy over something so positive and inspiring.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:35:28 PM PST

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