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Saturday, September 10, 2011

President Obama and United We Stand

(Since writing this blog - a letter to the editor in Maine's Portland Press Herald was published by another reader, a link to the letter is below, it's the perfect summary to this blog*)

Regardless of how much Americans complain about the regressive divisiveness of our politics, it was only 10 years ago on September 11, 2001 when we came together as "United We Stand".  This slogan appeared on bumper stickers throughout the nation.

Before he was even a presidential candidate, President Obama fired up the Democratic convention in Boston MA with his "we are a United States" speech.

President Obama was a US Senate candidate from Illinois when he reached out to the Boston MA audience on July 27, 2004, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19751-2004Jul27.html

"- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper -- that makes this country work"

"... there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America..."

"There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America"  
"We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states."

"We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."

Americans can reach back to the United We Stand message.  Let's embrace the concepts so eloquently expressed by President Obama in the inspiring "We are A United States of America" speech of July 27, 2004.  Frankly, it is essential for us to reach beyond our differences. We can look beyond divisiveness, to the greater good.

 Our nation was built on hope, that's not a slogan, it's a fact.  We can hope for a healthier, more prosperous and politically united nation.  When Americans wish for something, we do something about it.

I recommend we stamp the words "United We Stand" on the margins of ever American flag sold from this day forward, and pledge allegiance to it.

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/131377443.html - United We Stand letter to the editor.

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