The task at hand is not to mouth meaningless political slogans about greatness.
The task is to dedicate ourselves, body and soul, in words and in deeds, to bring to fruition – for ourselves and all our fellow citizens – the rights and practical goals enshrined in our nation’s founding document: namely, Life – as in quality of life; Liberty – for all of us, both as individuals and as members of a loving, peaceful community; and the Pursuit of Happiness – where one’s happiness does not harm anyone else or deprive her or him of their rights.
Let us begin today to work together as our foremothers and forefathers did so selflessly.
Here, to assist us in this important and necessary work, is a list of guidelines for right action, basic principles with which to work better together:
1 – DO ONE THING AT A TIME.
2 – KNOW THE PROBLEM.
3 – LEARN TO LISTEN.
4 – LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS.
5 – DISTINGUISH SENSE FROM NONSENSE.
6 – ACCEPT CHANGE AS INEVITABLE.
7 – ADMIT MISTAKES.
8 – SAY IT SIMPLY AND CLEARLY.
9 – BE CALM. BE PEACEFUL.
10 – SMILE! SING! DANCE!
© Gregory V Driscoll 2017