I don’t typically blog, tweet, or comment on political issues. But, a couple of weeks ago I was in Washington, D.C., and walked over to the Mall with a friend of mine to see the new Martin Luther King, Jr. monument. Along the way, we meandered through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt monument. I had never done so, despite so many personal visits to the Mall as well as hosting visitors there.
As I stopped to read and reflect on each of his quotes, I couldn’t help but realize that most of what he said then applies now. I’m as frustrated as every other American about the gridlock in Washington, the focus on campaigning and getting re-elected at the expense of forward progress, and the struggles of most citizens to find work, support their families, and keep their homes.
I think that Mr. Obama should take the next meeting of the politicians (notice I say “politicians,” not Congressmen and women, not Senators, not State Representatives—because really for the past few years they’ve only acted as politicians, not as representatives of the people). And he should hold session at the FDR monument, walking them by some of Roosevelt's quotes, let them pause and consider the meaning, and then say “Let’s do that.”
“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” ~First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933.
As Mark Glover, Catalyst prc, wrote in a recent blog: Let’s start making things in this country again. Let’s retrain those that have skills from yesterday to be able to work today. Let’s imagine, innovate, design...and then build. Let’s do that.
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."~Second Inaugural Address, January 20 1937.
Corporate leaders: instead of standing still, afraid to hire, how about being the one to take a step forward? How about not considering your bonuses, or what you’re reporting to the Board, or waiting for the economy to turn around, and figure out a way to train those who want to work, and putting them to work? How about designing a new product to make, discovering an alternative energy to develop, or simply taking the load off of those doing the work of three, and hiring two more? Let’s do that.
“But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”~Nomination Address at the Democratic National Convention of 1932, July 2, 1932.
Mr. President and all of you politicians: while you are arguing, campaigning, pointing fingers, and looking out for your own best interests, people are starving. Children are hungry. Families are homeless. Fathers have no means of income. Mothers are running out of ways to stretch a dollar. Try acting as human beings, in the interest of your fellow citizens. Let’s do that.
"No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order."~FDR Chat, September 30, 1934.
In case you haven’t noticed, Occupy Wall Street has turned into Occupy Main Street, in cities across the country. We are on the verge of social disorder. How about considering what we can do in our companies, and not wait for the new administration, still over a year away? And for those of you that have a year left in office, you still have time to do something. You’ve argued and bickered away the past three years; let’s at least get something started and stop wasting our human resources. Let’s do that.
Published by: Connie Glover in Random Thoughts and Opinions