Thursday, September 4, 2008

Being Apart of the We

The Constitution begins with "We the People of the United States." Putting country first is putting people first. Our country is not some nebulous namesake without beating hearts. We are the country.

As I listened to the fear mongering speeches last night at the Republican National Convention, I tried to envision the "We" who were not present, namely community organizers who have made a difference in our country. (They don't usually wear suits and ties.)

Community organizers were mocked last night; they were made to feel insignificant for the "small" service that they do. But community organizers are a part of "We the people," those who have brought real change to America for many years. Why disparage these?

Consider the words of Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

May God forever bless community organizers. They will bring the change needed.

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