I came across Barack Obama’s new website and left this message on the contact form. There is much more I’d like to say of course, prayers I’d like to offer, etc. But this was my one thought in response to his address of the current economic situation:
Congratulations, President-elect Obama, on your historic victory. My one sincere hope as you face the economic crisis head-on is that you will remind Americans what WE can each do. It is time for us, and okay to, all tighten our belts a little and realize that our actions affect others. WE have all contributed to the situation we are in now. WE can all contribute to change, no matter what our individual social and economic situation is. My greatest dream and prayer for your administration is that you will instill a sense of community and responsibility among the citizens of this nation. There is something WE can each do and we don’t have to wait on the government to do it all FOR us. WE can and need to be empowered, not by someone doing it all for us, but rather by an example of leadership that inspires us all to what is right and best, not only for ourselves but for one another.
I am hardly a political junkie. I pretty much said so here. But I can’t help feeling a slight sense of awe at the workings of democracy that we saw transpire a little over a week ago. I’ve never written to a president before. I know my thoughts will probably never cross his desk, nevertheless it was kind of fun.
So what thoughts would you like to express to the incoming administration? Why don’t you visit the website and do so? And then offer the prayers on his behalf that he is surely in need of.