When in doubt, read!

Last night I watched TSOTU with Tami, Nugene and Bob.  It was a house of conservatives.  I couldn’t hear very well.  As usual I was my snide and cynical self.  I went home and ate chicken spaghetti leftovers and hogged the 1 1/2 leftover brownies that I hid from Lou and they were awesome!  I think I will make another batch today to share.  Anyway, the point being that this morning when I got up I still had my phone on the speech and began to read.  It was good.  I may not agree with everything in it but I was proud of what he said.  I want to like him.  I never will but he can give a good speech and I especially liked the last of the speech where he talked about the American people.  I hope we can be a force for good in this world.  “WE THE PEOPLE”  He had some wonderful things to say about us.  Like this excerpt:

They’re out there, those voices. They don’t get a lot of attention, nor do they seek it, but they are busy doing the work this country needs doing.

I see them everywhere I travel in this incredible country of ours. I see you. I know you’re there. You’re the reason why I have such incredible confidence in our future. Because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time.

Or this one:

But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.

I will be reading all speeches from now on, especially in this important time to choose a new president.  I hope.  I hope that my choice is the right one and I am silly enough to still believe that good will win.


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