Obama, Be Still My Heart!

After the very fine Mayor Daley spoke to the thousands of assembled librarians (and boy do I want a mayor like Daley), Barack Obama graced us with his very commanding presence. I would be lying if I told you that I was not star struck by this man. This is a man who believes that words are power. That they have the ability to change a person into an educated, contributing part of the community. He knows that the reason that some people in government, including ours, are afraid of words is because they have power. Power for good. Power for evil. Power to move people beyond words, to make us laugh, cry, and to create social movements.

Obama talked some about his faith. He stressed that faith and intellectual endeavors should have not contradict each other. He said, “Our faith in not a contradiction of fact”. Amen! In a world of dichotomies, we do not have to square off reason and faith. We can believe in our faith and believe in evolution.

The recent attacks on privacy, via the USA Patriot Act came up, and the Senator made a point of saying that we can be safe against terrorism without trodding upon the rights of our people. We can do both. They are not exclusive of one another.

My favorite Barack Obama quote of the night:
Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.
It is important to teach our children to read, to support our libraries, and to protect the rights of people in a free democracy to read as they choose.

–Jane, reads without Big Brother

One thought on “Obama, Be Still My Heart!

  • June 26, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Jane,

    Basically, I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I’ve only had time to read like ten posts so far, but I already know that I’ve finally found what I was looking for.

    By the seventh time I clicked the ‘next blog’ button at the top of this page, I got to your blog. I’m going to bookmark it right now; I’m hooked.

    Well, I can’t help but think of Meg Ryan’s character from the film “You’ve got mail” everytime I read a post of yours. She loves Jane Austen, too.

    This comment has already exceeded ALL possible maximum lengths as such, so I had better stop. For now.

    If you want to, you may drop me a line at [email protected].

    Thank you. For your blog and everything else. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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