Monday, March 9, 2015

Like Obama Said - Not Perfect - But Moving

President Obama made a stirring speech at Selma this weekend, on the 50th anniversary of that historic march that brought our nation one step closer to bringing down the race hierarchy.

As we put holes in so many hierarchies in this country - race, gender, physical ability, animals to humans, sexual orientation, etc., we can appreciate Obama's words that remind us that patriotism is realistically recognizing where we have been, where we are, and where we have to go.  

Obama points out that in America, what greater form of patriotism is there than when, "we are strong enough to be self-critical, that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals?"

As we keep breaking down our hierarchies, we are inching one step at a time to building the country most of us envision.