What Shall Be Your Legacy?November 04, 2008
I am a part of a message board on which I post daily. Nearly all of the members are college-educated people ranging from ages 18 to over 40. What’s fascinating about the site are the variety of backgrounds and experiences that come together and speak on a wide range of issues. Recently we’ve talked at length about this election and what it means to be a human being living in the United States right now. Most of us have been involved in serious efforts to increase voter registration and education and shed light on the importance of using the power in our voices.
There is a stirring like I’ve never seen in this country, a stirring for change. Regardless of political party affiliations, people seem to be awake to the reality that a change is on the horizon and needed now more than ever. With our national economic status being less than firm and our beloved armed forces fighting a war, we as a people need to be embraced, uplifted, and stimulated to maintain and increase the power of the American spirit.
We, the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more “perfect” union must not let this election pass by without the respect of our attention and our action. Read. Listen. Learn. VOTE. We have the power to elect representatives who understand and are passionate about America being the land of liberty and opportunity. America is a land of hope. We need people in office striving to house the homeless and feed the hungry. We need people in office with children’s literacy and obesity as issues close to their hearts. We need our elected officials with crusades for equal opportunity employment, quality healthcare, and freedom of speech on their professional and political agendas. We need elected officials who will make us proud to spell our names H-U-M-A-N in the United States.
Renowned opera singer Denyce Graves sang the “American Anthem” at the United States presidential inauguration in 2000, and her words have warmed my heart ever since. We all should strive to be, and elect those who are, the type of Americans described in the song: “What shall be my legacy, what will my children say? Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I’ve received. Let me know in my heart, when my days are few, America, America I gave my best to you.”