President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."
A key word for the Institute is "participatory" democracy; it is even in their Mission Statement. And, the same can be said for the President's observations that democracy does not just happen; it requires people to participate by speaking up and out, by engaging in discourse with others, in voting, among other avenues.
It appears that it is not so much the policies, but the man (and party) supporting them, that earns universal condemnation from Republicans. Consider another policy that Rubin indignantly lists: Obama's recent executive actions on gun control.
President Obama gave his final State of the Union this week and in the seven years he's been president, much has changed. But, before he leaves office, there is more that can and should be done to address climate change.
Photo Credit: Syrian refugees at Killis Refugee camp in Turkey. Photo Human Rights First In his final State of the Union address President Obama fo...
Lost in all of the discussion about these new graduation numbers is recognition that graduation rates for students with disabilities remain abysmal.
Obama sure can deliver one helluva speech. And in his final State of the Union address, President Obama was nothing less than sensational.
President Obama's final State of the Union Address. What he said about climate and energy. What he didn't say. And the Republican (lack of) response.
I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.
The world according to Barack Obama, as laid out in the State of the Union speech, is a place where things are perfect, when led by the United States, or tied up in unresolvable conflicts, so let's just move on and hopefully in a couple of generations everything will be okay.
President Obama laid out four big questions the United States has to answer in his nearly hour-long final State of the Union address Tuesday night. One of those four points: How do we make technology work for us, and not against us, especially when it comes to solving urgent issues like climate change?
Although I am the prototypical super-nerd who habitually watches wall-to-wall coverage of the State of the Union address, I must confess that I recorded it on Tuesday night. Perhaps this only increases my nerd status.
Let's make 2016 the year the American people take back our democracy. Let's commit to participate, engage and demand change. Let's vote, go to public meetings, talk with our legislators, write to our members of congress, and attend town halls
The experience was incredibly inspiring and re-affirming of who I am as an American - and where I want to see my nation head. Congress was buzzing with energy and optimism, even as we battle with hateful rhetoric and fear-mongering in the news cycles every day.
Haley's presentation last night was impeccable. She hit the right notes, powerfully showcasing her qualifications while connecting with the American public. She was confident, clear, and composed.
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