Looking Left and Right Quote of Note # 65 (B. Obama)


An observation worth noting … and pondering, from President Obama + :

It’s heartbreaking enough that there are millions of working families in this country who are now forced to take their children to food banks for a decent meal. But the idea that those children might not have a chance to climb out of that situation and back into the middle class, no matter how hard they work? That’s inexcusable. It’s wrong. It flies in the face of everything we stand for.
This isn’t about class warfare. This is about the nation’s welfare. It’s about making choices that benefit not just the people who’ve done fantastically well over the last few decades, but that benefits the middle class, and those fighting to get to the middle class, and the economy as a whole.

What rationale can we offer to suggest that going forward, the ideals of community and the common good are just relics of the past, and that instead, we will now pay homage to an ideology which suggests every one of us must fend for ourselves? Won’t that be fun as it plays out in the years ahead!

When we advocate for policies which keep the downtrodden downtrodden while we do our damnedest to make certain we cater to the needs of the few who need the least, what happens? How does that play out for all of us?

As extremists plunge ahead with their singular agenda of making life even more difficult and challenging than it already is for tens of millions of fellow citizens in order to honor conservative principles which have been twisted into forms unrecognizable to history’s great political minds, it should be understood that when millions are kept down by the callous and indifferent few, it will not end well for anyone.

A little understanding and compassion can go a long way to making this a better America for all of us.

+ in a speech at Osawatomie, Kansas on December 6, 2011
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