Thanks to my good friends, Melissa and Yolanda, at The Kitchen Table (http://princetonprofs.blogspot.com/). They are some very wise women.
“Winning does not give us a mandate to run over the interests of those we defeated. It gives us the responsibility to try to build greater consensus for our viewpoint. ” I agree, there are many things I want – for my family and my country. But, most of all, I want consensus. I am willing to take the time to talk things through. I’m your mama – do it my way. My way or the highway…not any more. We are in this together and agreement through dialogue is more important than rushing things through.
“I will take a deep breath and do the unthinkable, I will listen to what Summers has to say about rebuilding our economy. ” I agree – we don’t have to move in lockstep conformity; we can agree to disagree on some issues and we can acknowledge that, sometimes, we have all said things that we deeply regret. Larry Summers is one of the brightest men when it comes to the economy. When it comes to rear-windowing a statement he made about women and science/math, he is an ignoramus. None of us are perfect – let’s get the best person to work on the economy and another best person for women’s issues and education. And let’s help Larry be a more respectful person.
“that ordinary people working for common purpose hold tremendous power….Make in (sic) an Obama-watch blog and keep people informed of the opportunities we have to impact policy.” Exactly my thought….blog the issues, keep your family and friends engaged….this is our government. By the people, for the people; we have the power. Remember that – in this viral, always on age, a thought can travel the globe in seconds. Let’s make those thoughts count towards responsive government. Check out http://www.change.gov and stay in touch with an issue that really matters to you…..blog it, email it, rap it or sing….but let your voice continue to be heard.
“why not ask what we can do to help Obama achieve a new direction for America. How can our energies and efforts on a local level move us toward a better and more accountable government. ” Your mama has served on PTA boards, been appointed to local government boards, and spent more hours than she can count lobbying and fund raising so that you guys had good schools. So, what do you really care about? What matters? World peace, hunger, human rights, health care…..take your issue to the streets or airwaves and solve the problem. Be an activist, work indefatigably for change. Yes, we can make this a happy human family. Make Mother Earth proud of us. love is all…..
Raven, the buddhist mama