Over here at my house (and at the home of the friends whom we celebrated with last night), we are dancing in the streets. I expected President Obama would be re-elected (just as I suspected he’d be elected the history-making first go-round), but there’s nothing like having the bird actually in hand. There was a lot at stake in this year’s election, and though I can generally respect opinions from all sides of the political spectrum, in recent years, the far right has led the Republican party off the solid path of things I don’t agree with but respect, into the wilderness of things that simply have no factual basis and must be rejected out of hand — such as the idea that Creationism is a science, that a woman who gets pregnant can’t have been raped, or Mr. Ryan’s idea that religion should shape policy — an idea expressly rejected by the way by, oh, I don’t know, the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
Tags: Barack Obama, Election Results, President Obama, Second Term
236 years ago, our Founding Fathers penned a document that began, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, …endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In so doing, they spoke a high vision for humanity — and for the United States of America — that we’ve been living into ever since.
In founding our nation on the principles of equality, the Founding Fathers set in motion the Great American Experiment in which people of all races, religions and creeds would come together under one roof that we might remember our common humanity, and embrace the fundamental truth that there is nation, one community, one fellowship of man. This — equality, justice and fraternity — are what America means. Now, the sacred trust that our Founding Fathers created 236 years ago has been handed to us.
Tags: Barack Obama, President Obama, Presidential Election 2012, Rousseau, The Founding Fathers, The Great American Experiment, The Social Contract