Thursday, January 20, 2005

‘America, America’



During the campaign for president I took my kids to the John Kerry rally here in Pueblo, as he was the only one who stopped here. The kids had a great time and have since begun an interest in the election process.

I consider it my responsibility to instill this in them. Too many adults these days — much less children — have little or no interest in this vital function and, therefore, no stake in the outcome because of it.

They get what they get. And, most of the time, what they get isn’t good.

But, I’m glad my children are interested and I’m thrilled that they are now asking questions about it all.

This week the History Channel has been running a special on all of the presidents. I’ve forced my children to watch that as well. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised that they seem interested in this.

The children know that I am not a Bush supporter. So they also asked me if I would be watching today’s Inaugural ceremonies. They were surprised to learn that not only would I be watching… but that they would be watching as well.

Their interest in the election process may not have transferred over to a love of history just yet. But I’ve explained to them that they should watch because they are also a part of this history. It affects them.

At any rate, as I’ve explained to the children, acrimony will return soon enough to politics but today is a special day… even if your candidate is not the one taking the oath of office on the north lawn.

Today is a day we celebrate being Americans… and there are no politics on this day. Granted, it’s only one day but it’s a special one. There aren’t many countries where the election process occurs and there sure aren’t many countries where an event like this is held every fours years whether we inaugurate a new president or the same one for another term.

In fact… in most places an event like this is held at the point of a gun and under the cover of darkness.

In America we hold this event in the daylight, FOR and WITH the people. It’s beautiful no matter who is taking the oath.

Take heart America. Some traditions are still in place. There is always time for politics.

But… not today.

10 Comments:

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Jen(nifer) said...

I agree I agree I agree I agree!

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. I am afraid, however, that you are in the minority.

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

I have to disagree. I dig what your saying, the inauguration ceremonies of 2001 & 2005 only serve to emphasize the things that I oppose regarding the Bush administration. Instead of a celebration of democracy, we have a celebration of the subversion of democracy, of a corporate plutocracy, and a fundmentalist christian theocracy. And, there's this too: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/site/pp.asp?c=klLWJcP7H&b=100480. Sorry, I would love to forget politics for the day to celebrate our system of government. But instead of celebrating, what Bush represents just makes we want to puke.

I do agree, however, that it is important for your children to learn about these things, so kudos for encouraging them to do so.

 
At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My parents took me with them to vote in EVERY election while I was growing up. Now I vote in EVERY election (even the local ones), and have become politically active on some issues that effect me. Guess who goes to the polls with me for EVERY election (whether they like it or not)?

Catt
http://cativa.blogspot.com

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

SheaNC,

"I would love to forget politics for the day to celebrate our system of government. But instead of celebrating, what Bush represents just makes we want to puke."

Gee. I thought I was a hard case...:-)

My thoughts on the celebration today have absolutely nothing to do with George W. Bush.

I would suggest that today is worth celebrating because the event itself will be there for someone who actually represents hope and change for the future IN the future.

We should always cherish this date at the risk of losing it.

Best,

Kerry

 
At 5:56 PM, Blogger Candace said...

I hope your kids appreciate what a great dad they have! (I bet they do.)

 
At 8:45 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

Chenoah,

I appreciate that. I tell you what... I'll shoot for "great" and hope I hit adequate...:-)

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I'm a Bush supporter, but I can agree with you on this...

"Today is a day we celebrate being Americans… and there are no politics on this day."

Well said!

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger katielady said...

This is just great. Thank you for writing something about the democratic process itself, and not just bemoaning the fact that he's still president! It is very refreshing, and I thank you.

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

http://www.alternet.org/rights/21040/

 

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