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President as preacher, prophet and parent

President as preacher, prophet and parent

The Lede blog at The New York Times has extensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s speech at an interfaith service commemorating the victims of the Newtown massacre. It includes this:

Mr. Obama said the nation is failing at what he called “our first task,” which he said was to care for the children of the nation.

“It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right,” he said, asking: “Can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?”

Mr. Obama asked whether the nation is doing enough to give all children a chance at a good life with “happiness and with purpose.”

“If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is no,” he said. “We are not doing enough, and we will have to change.”


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So often politicians are afraid of voting their consciences because they are afraid of losing their seat in the following election. If we truly want to make our kids safer, we must allow every politician to be hailed as a hero and to ask him/her to have the courage to put our children’s welfare before their own, and before the anger and even the retribution of the NRA. We so need to improve our mental health availability for youngsters who show signs of emotional or mental imbalance, rage, sadness etc…and we need the courage to “tell someone” if these children show these signs, and to get help for them as soon as the first signs appear that they have problems and are stressed. Our President is right…WE need to change…and do much , much better at protecting and nurturing our children.

[Dannyjdc – please sign your name when you comment. ~thanks ed.]

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