Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama's Inauguration Speech: For Once, 'We the People' Includes Me

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

Over on Twitter, Drew Johnson, the editor of the conservative side of the Times Free Press opinion page, complained, "Obama is using 'We the People' rhetoric to put a lot of words in my mouth." Poor Johnson, suffering the indignity of discovering that, just like most other people in the United States, his concerns aren't always going to be forefronted when someone says, "We the People."

Meanwhile, I was enjoying that President Obama spoke of a thread of history that I recognized as my own

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

I think it's wonderful to see "we, the people" growing to include more and more of us who have fought so hard to be recognized as equal people. It makes me proud.

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