Monday, January 21, 2013

Obama Outlines Progressive Agenda In Inaugural Speech

In his inaugural speech today, President Obama included infrastructure, income inequality, financial regulation, the social safety net, health care, climate change, ending wars, fair pay for women, gay rights, voting rights, immigration reform, and keeping our children, including those in Newtown, safe. Besides being pleased with this progressive agenda, I was once again relieved that Mitt Romney, who would have made a speech that reflected a reactionary agenda, did not take the Oath of Office. If you haven't already seen it, watch Obama's speech:



PRESIDENT OBAMA: ...For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class...

...The commitments we make to each other - through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security - these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great...

...We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms...

...We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war...

...For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

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