30 October 2008

My America

"Rosa sat so that Martin could walk.
Martin walked so that Barack could run.
Barack is running so that our children can fly."
- African-American voter, heard on NPR, 2008



In My America...
Equality would be a cornerstone and

diversity celebrated as one of our greatest assets.

In My America...
Race would cease to be an issue, bigotry would disappear,

tolerance would spread.

In My America...
My government wouldn't think of using torture.

Even against terrorists.
It would hold itself to a higher moral standard.

In My America...
People wouldn't fear someone who worships a different god than them. Or no god.

In My America...
People would welcome our brothers and sisters from across the border in Mexico. And not just as day-laborers and dishwashers, but as important and respectable members of the community with the ability, intelligence and cultural beauty to be an integral

part of our nation.

In My America...
The president would utilize evidence-based decision making,

instead of being a knee-jerk reactionist.

In My America...
People would value art, music, and literature

more than money, power, and luxury.

In My America...
Everyone would be at least bi-lingual.

In My America...
More people would ride bikes, busses, and trains.

In My America...
Everyone would have a passport. And use it.

In My America...
The government wouldn't usurp the laws.

In My America...
We would value diplomacy over force,

consensus over unilateralism,
and multiculturalism over nationalism.

In My America...
People would remember that this country

was founded as a secular state.

In My America...
Common sense would prevail.

In My America...
People would turn off the TV and read to their kids.

In My America...
The government wouldn't spy on it's own citizens.

In My America...
Teachers would be paid the same as doctors.

In My America...
It would be considered patriotic

to question your government.

In My America...
We would spend as much money

fighting poverty as we do fighting crime.

In My America...
People would realize that we're all in this together,

so we'd better start working with one another
instead of against one another.

In My America...
My black friends and my gay friends and my strange friends and my square friends and my Hispanic friends and my French friends and my German friends and my Spanish friends and my elitist friends and my redneck friends and my Jewish friends and my Muslim friends and my Christian friends and my Hindu friends and my Buddhist friends and my agnostic friends and my atheist friends and my Socialist friends and my Communist friends and my Democrat friends and my Republican friends and my liberal friends and my conservative friends and my centrist friends

would all respect each other,
and each other's differences.

Do I think Barack Obama is a panacea that will make all of the above come true? Not on your life. He's a POLITICIAN, so I KNOW he's going to eventually DISAPPOINT me. Politicians all do. Unequivocally. But I do feel a profound sense of optimism with his candidacy and truly look forward to his historic presidency. Especially after the feeling of utter despair and bewilderment during the last eight years of the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

Know hope.

KJT - Seattle (2008)

"Those who would give up essential liberty
to purchase a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, American founding father, statesman,
inventor, journalist, printer (1706-1790)

2 comments:

cae said...

goddamn pinko punk ...

KJT said...

Guilty as charged!