There were passages in Barack Obama's second inaugural address that sounded like a European prime minister from a Labor or Social Democrat party addressing his Parliament. Obama had a whole laundry list of progressive proposals.
We should use Dr. King's tools: continual raising of public awareness, civil disobedience, a commitment to nonviolence, speaking the truth relentlessly, and continually grounding ourselves in the deepest spiritual places we can reach.
Mr. President, the Latino community, and Americans across the nation, stand ready to support your actions to respond to the threat of climate change and protect our children and future generations.
I've waited until after the glorious inauguration of Barack Obama to bring this up. I can't remember if I ever cared that women were not admitted t...
One thing is certain. When anyone -- even the president -- speaks to "you" about being poor, at least 1 in 6 of "you" in this wealthy nation already know what he's talking about, because "you" are the poor. And if we are the nation our ancestors fought a civil war to ensure then you is we and we are the poor.
The President gave a strong and progressive second inaugural speech, one that resonantly underscored the most important themes he's been promulgating since before anyone even knew who he was. What I don't see is the path that goes from our budget constraints to meeting the aspirations he articulated.
I had planned to go to Washington for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But then the flu happened, and I decided it would be wiser to stay home than to take the bus to DC from Jersey and stand outside for who knows how many hours, coughing away in the winter weather.
This week the president proved again that he is a star, every bit Clinton's media equal. But neither he nor Clinton have reliably acted in the nation's best interests without pressure from a truly independent, galvanized progressive movement. That means it's our turn.
We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries, just close down. Or we can use this time to work toward the expansion, openness, and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible.
Four years ago, I stood in the cold listening to President Obama's first inaugural address. I remember it leaving me cold. This year, in the warmth of my den, the president's clear projection of progressive values as core American values warmed my heart.
If rhetorical flourishes are an indication of future action -- and that is a substantial "if" -- then President Barack Obama's comments on climate change suggest that the next four years may provide much of what climate activists have been hankering for. Just how much the president might do against the larger forces assembled before him, however, remains to be seen.
Christian faith has never had much to do with following the opinions of the popular crowd, and a best selling book has never granted the author the power to discern the legitimacy of another's faith.
After all the fuss about who would be invited to do them, apparently nobody thought to suggest how long the inaugural invocation and benediction should be. There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing."
Walking through the crowds of people made me smile, because we were all there for one reason: to serve others. I was surrounded by passionate change-makers and the positive energy was truly undeniable.
The president understands that for us freedom and fairness and our belief in the promise of the future are all intertwined in the great moral cause of our time: overcoming global warming.
That budget needs to expand, to take on the challenges that the President has powerfully outlined. Yet that budget has been shrinking for thirty years, on a declining trajectory started by Reagan and continued by every president since then -- including Obama in his first term!