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Praise Song For the Day Elizabeth Alexander 2009 Inauguration Poem copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org As Americans go about their day, they chortle, croon, and chatter. Conversations are constant. Hymns are hummed. People sing even when there is no tune. There is much said, and little heard. Cries may strike a chord; yet, these too may be perceived as silence. People talk. They wail; and no one listens to the lovely lyrics are sung. Everyone is hurried. Most are worried. They fear the mundane that threatens their very existence. Moms, Dads, even teens who must help provide for the family anxiously ask, will I have a job tomorrow. Singles are not exempt. Children too are concerned for they feel the disquiet amidst the noise. The murmur that moves us might be summed up in a sentence. 'Will there be money in my pocket today?' Society, it seems, is engaged in selfish pursuits. Personal survival is a more significant motivator than service. There is no harmony in the hullabaloo that surrounds us. The hum of reverence remains hidden. The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick-maker move through the day with one song in mind. How might I provide food for the family, and find shelter from all the storms? What of schools for my children, and an education for myself? In the pandemonium, the only sound that echoes is a irksome song, Most citizens of this country know not what will come. Nor do individuals recognize the love that was and is. Thus, they do as was done before them. Just as their parents did, the tired, the hungry, the poor and downtrodden, talk of a secure future. They walk towards what they want, or try to. Heads are held high. People work in factories. They stitch finery. Some drive trucks or taxis. Others...
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"I won!" copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Update . . . A bell rings. The sound reverberates. A sentiment shared aloud resonates within the heart, mind, body, and soul of persons who heard the message. No matter the actions taken afterward, sullen statements are not easily erased from memory. Days before Congress was asked to pass the stimulus package, the President uttered the now famous phrase; "I won," Republicans, as could have been expected, expressed resentment. Immediately, subsequent to President Obama's statement Democrats were said to have followed the Chief Executive's lead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked if he thought Republicans might block the initiative. Empathically, he replied; "No." Today we know differently. In the House, the measure received no support from the Grand Old Party. As we await approval from the Senate we may wish to consider, the past. Words that evoke division have a lasting effect. Please peruse a missive penned shortly after President Obama reacted to pressure from the "Right." Oh Mister Obama, please tell me it is not so. Days ago, I read and heard numerous reports. You made a declarative statement. Many were shocked. Anecdotally, Congressman and women stated, when pressed by Republicans who disagreed with your position on economic policy, you said, "I won." Will this mean, once again, Americans will be the losers? I fear for the future, for I remember when the words were "Yes we can!" Has this assertion become but an old argot, now trivial or trite? Please tell me. Now that you sit solidly in the Oval Office is the achievement of one all that matters? Perchance, with a "change" in climate, we, the Progressives have become the Party of arrogance. It seems you personally have adopted an individualistic platform. Peace and process talks will be less...