While I do not want to get into a political rant, I am just overwhelmed at what took place since the election and culminated at the inauguration this morning and afternoon. I was in the car with my wife and we were both enthralled as we listened to all the speakers and heard the reports on the size of the crowds and length of time some of them had braved the elements to simply be able to say, “I was there.”
Regardless of your political affiliation, I hope that everyone appreciates the fact that the events of the past 12 months have sparked a new sense of unity and participation in many who were disengaged from the political process. As we listened, my wife said she was just so excited at the fact that so many people seemed to be interested in this as neither of us could remember the last time we listened to an inauguration. I was both amazed and filled with pride this morning when my kids all asked if I thought the school would have the inauguration on live so they could watch. I only hope they did as there could be no better education for our children to see and be interested in the political process and what people can accomplish when they unite for a common purpose.
The one thing that I most admire about President Obama is that he has continually reiterated to us all that the election reflected the opportunity WE all wanted. This is the beginning and the result will be a reflection of our collective efforts and sense of commitment. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the talk of change but something very different when you are the one that is part of the effort. What we all need to recognize is that what comes next will require a fundamental change from all of us. We can no longer blame others for our problems or sit back and wait for the government to do for us.
I can think of no better way to conclude this than with the lyrics from Kid Rock’s latest song “Amen”.
“Stop pointing fingers and take some blame,
Pull your future away from the flame
Open up your mind and start to live
Stop short changing your neighbors
Living off hand outs and favors, and maybe
Give a little bit more than you got to give”