Thoughts on the President’s Speech

Loved his comment on, “the origins of people’s names.”

Good comment regarding mob rule.  There has been a lot of mob think going on these past few years.  I think maybe I’m more of aware of that than I was even a few years ago, and maybe that colors my view, but I also think that having Obama as a president has also caused such thought to be far more apparent, also.

Good call to arms regarding updating our infrastructure.

Good call to equality utilizing the little girl.  Racism is still too much of an issue in this country, and it has extended itself.  If you’re not white, you’re the enemy has become a common refrain among the far far right.  Ignorance is no longer acceptable.  If you want to be a bigot, go right ahead, but I don’t condone it, and I do not have to accept you as a person because of it.  I will be civil with you, as befits your status as a human being, but that is all.

Cute jab at those who still disavow climate change…loved it!

I agree with his views on the environment, that’s what I’ve thought for a long time.

Good comment about, “No greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.”  I just don’t think we should be doing it solely through our military and economic handouts.

Good call on immigrants.  Our nation has been founded on the principle that new people are its strength, not its weakness.  Cooperation, new ideas and new cultures are the great things our nation must work together towards, within the framework that the American Dream can be had by all.

“Name calling as reasoned debate.” -Ha, I’ve been thinking this same thing for months!

“An oath to God and Country, not party or faction.” -As it should be, not as it really is.  I’m glad he pointed out that Citizens, Presidents, Congress are as important to the nation as our soldiers.  I support our soldiers always, but they are not the only defense of freedom that we have.

One a completely different note, Lee Greenwood sings, “I’m Proud to be an American”– Not Kenny Rogers.  30 years later, I finally know who sings that song!

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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