Thursday, January 22, 2009

Skywatch Friday #28

Renovation in Progress, cont.

I wonder how many people in other countries
 will see this picture of my country's flag.
I wonder if they will view its tattered stripes, 
flying before the storm,
with as much conflicted feeling as I do tonight.  

Tonight, I pray that it will be possible to heal 
the devastation that has been wrought 
in the world over the last eight years.
For the last eight years, I would never have posted
the flag of my country here, or raised it from any pole.
I have been so horrifed by the actions of
the regime that that tried to strip away
the compassion, passion for life, and regard for liberty
that sometimes sings in the heart of my country.

Tonight I see this tattered flag and truly, I see Hope.
And my personal hope is that our new president
Barack Hussein Obama
will successfully reweave the very threads of our country
and repair the broken bonds within and without our borders.
May he be, on the domestic front and on the global front, a community builder.
May he hold true to these words from his January 21st innaugral address:

 What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers ... our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. 

And I hope there will come a time 
 people will think, when they see this flag, 
of my country and my people, in all their wondrous diversity,
as partners in the effort to live in peace upon this planet.



sweetkatiedog said...

It is not the flag that is moving me but the action that has begun. The shifting of the ground. The thaw after the spell has been lifted. The hope that has been generated, the ispriations generated. in only two days.

Guy D said...

Fantastic shots of the red white and blue. We up here in Canada are proud of you guys.

Regina In Pictures

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Great photo and lovely setiment. I too hope and pray that Obama is able to achieve all of his is good to see that change has begun.

Ana said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I like your post and do hope what you wish to come true. I live in country damaged by ignorance, arrogance and corruption. In less than 5 year from the most favored we managed to be most hated country in Europe. And sadly, it was not people, but our "then" government who was guilty for that. Every and each election was disaster. I believed that Dark Age ended with 5th of October 2000. But it didn't. We still suffer a lot, but it is better. And, of course, you are in much better position than we were. My point is(don't get me wrong)- it will take long time and so much pain and effort for your government to be appreciated by other nations (not their governments). Americans are as we all others are- normal, ordinary people full of love and hope. Be proud for Mr. Obama and don't forget that he is one good man. President is institution with hundreds of employees. I have no clue for whom does our Government work (not for Serbs definitely). I hope it is transparent to Americans for whom their Government works.

Raven said...

Beautifully said. I feel much the same way. Nice to feel like my country is on the road to redemption. I still want to see Bush and Cheney in jail but at least they can do no more harm.

Arija said...

From far across the seas, I fully agree. I have never left a comment on a post with the stars and stripes brfore, for the very reason that to me it spelled shame agains hymanity. Now again I hope I will be able to take pride in your country as reason seems after the Bush era to have surfaced again.

CoyoteFe said...

Excellent post. I believe that continued hope, action and vigilance will win the day. We hold the key to our own salvation.

CoyoteFe said...

Let us all stand together until it is so.

Janie said...

Thanks for this post. I, too, feel renewed hope and renewed pride in our country.
So much has gone awry in 8 years, but as Obama follows up on his promise for change, we have a chance to stand together and regain the lost pride in our flag and in our country.