Today I received two communications, one by way of Twitter and one by way of email…
The combination seemed to fit well together, and reduced to a few simple thoughts in my head. So I’m posting them here as I received them, with just a comment at the end.
@RayBeckerman on twitter sometimes has the same problem I typically do, a hard time fitting what needs to be said into 140 characters. Fortunately for those of us with um… expansive thoughts, there is a service called “twerbose” that lets you expand your observations beyond the limits of the twitter format. He sent this out for our consideration:
Just want to remind folks in US that it took 28 years of #reagonomics to get our economy to this point:
1. increased monopolies
2. decreased regulation of large corporations
3. rich getting richer
4. poor getting poorer
5. tax breaks for wealthy & large corporations
6. “globalization” (euphemism for large corporations running the world and charging poor people for potable drinking water)
It’s going to take decades to undo the damage that has been done during the period January 1981-January 2009.
Now that we have a president with an understanding of what needs to be done to correct these imbalances, we should be patient, and supportive, and strong.
Being on the President’s mailing list means you get lots of stuff, mostly political spam… but, in this historic case it seems to me to be more than politics… from my inbox:
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we’ve begun together. I’m grateful that you’ve stood with me thus far, and I’m honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
President Barack Obama
And I add my call, principally to the People of the United States of America, but also to Citizens of the Developed world:
After man years of ineffective leadership, greed and avarice dominating common sense and balance, let’s support our President, a man who has had tremendous impact on the world in the 9 short months he’s been in office. He’s taking on the worst problems humankind has ever had to face. The world has demonstrated their willingness to cooperate, and some have handed him critical tools needed to have a positive effect.
Stand with him, show some fortitude, and press forward on the difficult path we’ve collectively set for ourselves. We won’t get everything we think should be in place instantly. It takes strength, determination, and character to do the things we must. Dig deep. Let’s show the world that we still have it in us to be a great people.
–Larry Oliver, Citizen of the Sol III, Member of the Human Race.