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When President Obama spoke at the Newtown Memorial, it was an overwhelming emotional experience.  Communication was happening on many levels,  mourning for the grieving nation, taking on the politics of gun control that allowed the shooting to happen, reaching out to the community shattered to the core by this tragedy, and comforting the families who lost loved ones.
Obama's Newtown Memorial Speech deserves a second read and discussion among friends.

I found a spiritual message woven throughout the many threads of his magnificent speech.

Obama asked us nine questions during his memorial speech to which he gave only two answers.

The Nine Questions with Two Answers

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1. Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children -- all of them -- safe from harm?
 2.Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return?
 3.Can we say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
4..Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?
5..Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
The answer to questions 1-5:  is NO

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6.What choice do we have?"
7.Why are we here?
 8.What gives our life meaning?
9.What gives our acts purpose?

The answer to questions 6-9: is a resounding life affirming Yes

There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have -- for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace -- that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves, and binds us to something larger -- we know that’s what matters. We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of them, when we’re teaching them well, when we’re showing acts of kindness. We don’t go wrong when we do that.

President Obama provides a powerful and comforting response to a senseless murder of innocents.  He gives us a simple compass to guide our nation.
Are we doing right by our children now?   Can we do right by our children?
It all comes down to a no and a yes.

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  •  Tips for the wisdom that... (4+ / 0-)


     We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of children.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:55:12 AM PST

  •  Lincoln. (1+ / 0-)
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    crystal eyes

    Sounds like him again and again, phrase for phrase.

    "We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

    by bontemps2012 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:59:07 AM PST

    •  Obama's spokesman has me worried (0+ / 0-)

      Carney does not sound like Lincoln at all.

      During his daily briefing Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney avoided one question after another about the types of legislative proposals the president could support, what kind of timeline he wants to take action within and whether he truly plans to make the issue of gun violence a priority, despite the fact that in four years -- and four shooting massacres later -- the only related bill Obama has signed actually expanded gun laws.

      "I don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today," Carney said when asked how Obama plans to translate his Sunday speech into action. "No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem."

      Pressed specifically on whether Obama views gun control as key to reducing gun violence, Carney said that is "part of" the solution, "but far from all of it."

      We need to hold Obama to his promise to keep children safe.

      If cats could blog, they wouldn't

      by crystal eyes on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:06:42 AM PST

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  •  there. nn (0+ / 0-)

    clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

    by renzo capetti on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:01:27 AM PST

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