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So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.

And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

Watch Full:

“Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech” NPR. September 4, 2012. Web. 6 September 2012.
Link: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/04/160578836/transcript-michelle-obamas-convention-speech

On the Mindless Menace of Violence

A fellow on twitter posted a link to a YouTube video from a speech Robert Kennedy gave in 1968. I was moved to tears over it and in light of the more visible extremists these days, I watched with more sorrow than I even I expected. I wish I could find just the audio because the video’s images are more politically charged than I can appreciate but I offer the link to view it. It’s probably what was so compelling to me anyway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Vll-t0H6A

Every day, I grow more fearful of what other American’s are threatening than I do of any foreign threats. Men with guns, yards from the president, quoting Jefferson’s tree of liberty is threat to our very existence. And, this is just one example of hundreds. Frightening.

The text of the speech is offered below.

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rallying cry

I attended a rally at Gilley’s for Health Care Reform host by Organizing for America. I enjoyed feeling the positive energy of the crowd. It was not a discussion about the specifics just a rally to engage citizens in the movement.

Health Care Reform Rally

Health Care Reform Rally

There was an assortment of local speakers and after receiving hundreds of emails over the last few years, I finally got to see what Mitch Stewart looks like when he took the stage as the final speaker. Most where very inspirational.  I was surprised at the crowds response to the District Attorney. Admittedly, I know nothing about him. I am interested in reading up on him .

Mitch Stewart, Executive Director Organizing for America

Mitch Stewart, Executive Director Organizing for America

I was going to shoot (pictures) the protestors when I left, but they were gone before the rally ended so instead I took shots of OFA’s “Let’s Get it Done” bus for the tour.

See the – Full Gallery.

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