The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Monday, May 18, 2009

Viva La Vida

Dan is back at Daily Dixie. Yay!

JT won a million bucks. Yay!

Obama is the voice of reason. That deserves more than a "yay." Read his speech at Notre Dame here.

I liked this part:

...And yet, one of the vexing things for those of us interested in promoting greater
understanding and cooperation among people is the discovery that even bringing
together persons of good will, men and women of principle and purpose, can be

The soldier and the lawyer may both love this country with equal passion, and yet
reach very different conclusions on the specific steps needed to protect us from
harm. The gay activist and the evangelical pastor may both deplore the ravages
of HIV/AIDS, but find themselves unable to bridge the cultural divide that might
unite their efforts. Those who speak out against stem cell research may be
rooted in admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the
parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their sonʼs or
daughterʼs hardships can be relieved.

The question, then, is how do we work through these conflicts? Is it possible for
us to join hands in common effort? As citizens of a vibrant and varied
democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us
remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without
demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?...

He then went on to explain how.

Meanwhile, the protesters are left looking silly and narrow minded. Now I'm not demonizing them when I say that, although I did say yesterday that Alan Keyes should be jailed and stay there.

Part of Obama's "how" was:

Thatʼs when we begin to say, “Maybe we wonʼt agree on abortion, but we can still
agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both
moral and spiritual dimensions.

So letʼs work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by
reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and
providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term. Letʼs
honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible
conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are
grounded in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of

That makes more sense than filling the jails with women who have made a heart wrenching decision and the doctors who are performing the medical procedures.

Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sweep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own...

Tonight, at Verizon Wireless Music Center. Coldplay! I have waited years to see them.

Here's a link to watch The Scientist.

And here you can watch it backwards (which means forwards, or something like that). Wear your seat belt. always.

1 comment:

Javi said...

Isn't it nice to have a well-educated, knowledgable president? Indeed, we have a lot of different point of views, from everywhere,the far right to the far left, how can we take all this good input and benefit our society and country? Indeed, that is the question, and I hope that all of us Americans, from conservative to liberal, and everything in between, to figure that out and use it to the benefit of our country and fellow Americans! I am *so* glad I voted for Obama, and to see inclusive, encompassing, communications from the President, rather than devisive, judgemental and pandering statements we have been seeing form the Whitehouse for the last 8 years!