Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Solid Foundation


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When you see shots of Seattle's most recognizable landmark this is not normally the part that is featured. With our fog the past number of nights even the base of the Space Needle has been hard to see. I feel like our nation has been in a similar fog. It is built on some strong features that we've allowed to become obscured. My hope is not in our 44th president, but in the renewal of principles he speaks of honoring and the sleeping giant he has helped to awaken and inspire: the better selves of the American people. He appeals to our decency and has given us renewed energy to work hard to restore some basic tenants of a 233 year old democratic republic that have been obscured for a time. I think we as a nation are looking to become our better selves, more of what the promise of this nation encompasses. We have this chance to try to right some major wrongs and strengthen the foundation of a government of, by, and for the people. Starting with the Justice Department's abolishing torture as a state sanctioned practice and shutting down the last administration's end run around basic legal and human rights called Guantanamo, and continuing to lift the fog in every other area of government, policy, and corporate accountability that has been obscured from the light of constitutional law and human decency. Wish us luck and join in our genuine excitement today as we turn a page in history together. We have this moment to change ourselves and become more worthy of the sacrifices and toil of the generations who have gone before us, and more worthy of the friendship and good will of other nations and people around the world. In the words of a brassy 70s funk band from V-Town, "We Can Make It If We Try." Happy Inauguration Day America!

15 comments:

brattcat said...

Beautiful post.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Obama's policies are based on failed programs of the past... yeah, fog is right!

Christina Klas said...

I agree... I too am excited to move in a new direction! I am hoping that the good we are all waiting for is a literal possibility. We shall see

Beautiful shot. Stunning.

Leave Your Mark Photography said...

Beautiful shot! I love the light in the fog.

Marc said...

Are you sure this isn't a space ship that just landed? It definitely looks like that and they're looking at us. Great and interesting shot.
As for the inauguration, I think everybody hopes that this is the beginning of a new era. It won't be easy, but this guy has a lot of spirit and has inspired many people, so the best of luck to him and all of you!

Kate said...

I live in the Uk and I have always loved the seattle space needle, it is so original.

I looooooove this shot wow you would think that it was an alien ship wouldn't you.

Re the new president, I think the whole world is ready for a more positive future, lets hope this is the start.

Noxalio said...

a great shot - well done!

Susie of Arabia said...

This is a stunning photo - I love the light rays - it does rather look like a spaceship!

To Anonymous - You are an idiot. The entire country has hope now and you are judging him before he's even had a chance to do anything. How can he have failed policies yet. He was just sworn in hours ago.

Susan said...

three cheers to that!!

Susan said...

I didnt mean three cheers to what was posted previous to me, three cheers to the picture, and what you said!!

Kris said...

Yet another beautiful image. You're on a fine streak!

Sally said...

Here! Here! I love that it comes the day after Martin Luther King day too.
A huge day.....we watched much of it on TV here in Sydney, but not the actual inauguration - it was on at 3:30am! One Sydney-sider celebrates Barack Obama’s inauguration by tinkling the ivories

lavenderlady said...

Kim, this is a beautiful post! You make me proud to "know" you. I have looked at this day as "independence day". It wasn't easy then, it won't be now, but we can do it together.

Maya said...

Kim, this is a great post on every level. Great photo and representative of your wonderful words. Change for the better is upon us!

Tomate Farcie said...

Great shot, and great piece of writing to go with it!