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. Read more