Prustice Impressed with Obama’s Address2

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

President Obama


           In my last post I began with; Last Tuesday night, our President addressed our nation speaking, for the most part, about our economic recovery (something Prustice isn’t following). However, towards the finale of this oration, the mentioning of two particular issues had me smiling. I discussed the first, now here is the second.

            Today is a different day. There are new solutions. And Obama knows it. “To meet the challenges of the 21st century — from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, from pandemic disease to cyber threats to crushing poverty — we will strengthen old alliances, forge new ones, and use all elements of our national power.”

            Why should “We the people” care about the suffering and extreme poverty outside the borders of this country? Why should our Chief Executive bring up pandemic disease and crushing poverty in a speech in our capital to our citizens? Former President Bush answered these questions in a speech on the 2008 World Aids Day. The answers are underlined.

            “A president must have a firm set of principals from which he will not deviate,” Bush said. “I believe in the universality of freedom, and I believe freedom is universal because of an almighty God. It’s not just freedom from tyranny that the U.S. must become involved in, I believe it’s freedom from disease, freedom from hunger, freedom from deprivation. If you believe in the universality of freedom, then you should not shy away from doing your duty.”

            Discussing the success of PEPFAR, “They call what’s taking place in Africa ‘The Lazarus Effect’—people given up for dead now realizing there is life,” Bush said. “We are a better nation when we save lives. I wish the American people could see what we have seen after this PEPFAR initiative: People literally lining the roads in Tanzania all waving and anxious to express their love and appreciation to the American president who represents the American people.”

            “I believe to whom much is given, much is required,” Bush said. “And when you have somebody say ‘There’s a pandemic that you can help,’ and you do nothing about it, then you have frankly disgraced the office [of president].”

            A beautiful truth of this generation that should call us to action is revealed in the U2 song, Crumbs from Your Table, “Where you live should not decide. Whether you live or whether you die.”

            The United States of America is represented through the actions of the Oval Office. So thank you for your dedication to continue this initiative Mr. Obama, millions of lives hang in the balance and “We the people” care. Prustice.



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