Monday, January 19, 2009

today

I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.  Dr. Martin Luther King
The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment.

Who doubts that this toughness is one of man's greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think
. -
Dr. Martin Luther King



In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? I'm not talking about blind optimism here... No, I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope! - President Elect Barack Hussein Obama

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there's the United States of America. - President Elect Barack Hussein Obama

Here's to that man.  Here's to all of us.  Yes we can.  Yes we did. 

Yes we will.



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11 comments:

Anjali said...

Amen.

Your post made me cry. My tears will continue through tomorrow.

Indigo said...

How can we not hope, it's our future, our country, our lives being played out before us. Hope gives courage in the face of any adversity. Profound words, both men that were meant to make history. (Hugs)Indigo

Anonymous said...

"But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness."- MLK
from The Drum Major Instinct speech

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Kyla said...

You gave me chills.

Yes we will.

alejna said...

Yes!

Beautiful quotes.

SuzieQ said...

It's a little after 3am here in NC..I'm staying up all night because I don't want to miss a moment of 1/20/09..I want to watch every minute I can of today's celebrations..May God bless these United States and our new leaders..

petite gourmand said...

beautiful quotes.
quite an exciting day today.

Amy Y said...

Yes we did! I can hardly contain myself today!! :)

QT said...

Exciting times are afoot, friend. For our country AND for you. You are in my thoughts these days.

Gunfighter said...

Amen.

painted maypole said...

yippee!