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Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

I am sure that the blogosphere is just flooded this week in posts about Obama, but how can we help ourselves? I didn’t get to see his speech at the time he made it, but I watched it online when I got home from work. Fantastic. We don’t currently have a working television in our home, but I would be tempted to set one up JUST to watch this guy lead our country.

Throughout my life, I have always had a disdain for politics. Not because I didn’t like it or didn’t believe in what politics meant, but because it was just NEVER RIGHT. It never fit my ideal of what it is supposed to be and it was just too disappointing to watch or get into it.

When I was about fifteen, I saw the movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and I cried. I cried because I knew that was what we as a country wanted for ourselves and we could never find it. Our country’s ideals are just so beautiful and they’ve laid fallow in a wasteland of greed and “what’s in it for me?” for so long that we have forgotten what we stand for. This Spring, I was in Washington DC for the Cherry Festival and I read the walls in the Jefferson Memorial. At the time, Obama was fighting for his nomination for Presidency with Hillary Clinton and I was moved by these words:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Here we had two very pioneering people (Hillary and Obama) pushing our nation to change it ways. Change was inevitable.

I guess what it comes down to with my ideal version of government is HOW WE LEAD. Where are we going? For so long now, so long that the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument were filled during the Inauguration Speech…for so long now, we have been lost as a nation. In the past, our leaders have been chosen for reasons other than what is truly leadership. A handshake here, a promise there….B-O-R-I-N-G! More than just boring and uninspiring, but downright detrimental to who we have become. Our choice of leadership is a token representation of who we ARE as a nation. And who have we been? If you stop and think about it, have we even been conscious of it… EVER? Not in my lifetime. Not until Obama. Obama brings us back. He asks us to wake up and take a direction. He inspires all of us to take a look in our own lives to where we are going because that is only a microcosm of where we are going as a people. As a nation. Yeah, I am proud. If that man who stood on those hallowed grounds yesterday and spoke with such reverence to our nation is a chosen representative for our people, I am proud of us. We are strong and we are a beautiful nation and I am happy to be a part of it. Thank you, Obama, for helping us see ourselves better and for leading us back to our goal.

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