Saturday, November 08, 2008

Remember the We!

I read an article about poor neighborhoods "looking to Obama for jobs and safety". I hope they are remembering the "we" in the yes, we can mantra.

Once Obama is sworn in, he will have a long, hard road before him. "We" can't sit back and wait for "them" to make it all better with the magic wand.

I think this was what made his campaign so electrifying. For too long, we have complained about "them". Why don't "they" do this, why did "they" do that. It had become the national past time to not vote and complain about the government.

Obama reminded us that the power is in our hands. We can do things. Big things, small things, something to help out one person or to help out hundreds of people.

But we have to do it.

Safety won't come to the neighborhood until people in high crime areas start working together with police against the criminal element.

Jobs won't come to the neighborhood until crime is lower and education is higher.

We can't sit back and wait for change. As President, Obama can't make your children learn, he can't make them not get into crime, he can't make some-one give them a job. He can't make the criminals and drug dealers vanish.

That is your job.

That's what he has been telling you.

That is why you have that positive feeling within you.

Because you've been reminded that the power is yours.

So don't sit back and wait for Obama to change everything. He never said he alone could.

He said we could.

The boyz say: Yes, we can! Sleep in the bed with you tonight!


Anonymous said...

Well said....we live in a country where there are many blessings....with those come God, to family, neighbors, to community.

Anonymous said...

Right on (says Spike, my foster--oh, who am I kidding, he's adopted me--kitty)!

My first visit to your blog and I'm entranced with Loki and Thor (is that the right names?) and I like what else I'm reading, too. I hope your son is safe and home soon.

JanetLee said...

Anon #2 - Thank you and welcome. As you can tell, I'm a little entraced with Thor and Loki also.

I'm very lucky that my son is in the Navy and much more safe than our men and women in the Army and/or Marines.