A workable basis of Americaness and recognition of our progress

May 26, 2016 by ebanderson123

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Our national economic and social condition is far better than it was eight years ago, and even in the (for some) nostalgic 1950s.  Well-constructed polices and legislation have brought greater equality and opportunity in education, jobs, and healthcare.  Even tax reform has been advanced.

President Obama identifies the areas of progress. He also addresses our national identity crisis.  “…we need a workable concept of Americanness and of our collective history”.  Obama stands on our nation’s moral ground:  “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.”

Drawing on the eloquence of Martin Luther King’s famous statement that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice, Obama goes on to call for action by all of us today.

“I also believe that the arc of our nation, the arc of the world does not bend towards justice, or freedom, or equality, or prosperity on its own.  It depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly at certain inflection points in history; particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs.”

Americans are better off than we were eight years ago

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