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Response to President's "National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, 2009"

Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 944
NATIONAL DAY OF RENEWAL AND RECONCILIATION, 2009

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
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I personally reject this calling.

I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE.

-- OT
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 879
I served Travis pizza on a plate last night for supper. My "obligation" has been met for the year.

Starbucks is offering people a free lattee if they go and "pledge" that they will do 5 hours of "giving back" to the community yadda, yadda, yadda. Yawn.

Volunteer work is a good thing if that is what you want to do. But what about those that don't get anything from their supposed "community"? How about all those taxes people pay - especially the ones that don't call the police, don't call the fire department, don't have kids in school and don't use all these other services the goverment provides?

Give back...sheesh....

You know - if he had said that he encourages Americans to pick something they value, and to look for ways to volunteer somehow to promote those values, or for a cause or people they care about - that wouldn't be so bad. The marketing of it sucks - of course it is all altruistic BS. But volunteering is never a bad idea per se; the left just makes it feel like it.
A former member
Post #: 44
"Giving Back"

I generate a @#$% of a lot of value in exchange for my paycheck.
I generate that value every workday, but I only get paid twice a month.
On any given day, society owes ME.
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 882
Your employer is not "society". tongue

A former member
Post #: 45
Your employer is not "society". tongue


That is true, and I knew somebody here would call me on that, but I merely made the same fallacy in my declaration as those annoying "give back" people do.
A former member
Post #: 34
yes, but what is "society" other than some random collection of individuals.

I'm on your side Josh. Your employer is a slice of society. :)
A former member
Post #: 237
You also pay taxes. Your employer pays taxes. I can't speak for you, but "society" in the form of the government, forcibly takes much more of a "contribution" than I would really care to give.

If you haven't seen the Kutchner service video on YouTube go watch it.

http://www.youtube.co...­

Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 885
Your employer is not "society". tongue


That is true, and I knew somebody here would call me on that, but I merely made the same fallacy in my declaration as those annoying "give back" people do.

Ahhh well I guess if we are going to be consistent...that works!
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