What if there was one? What if there was a movement that said :
In the greatest nation in the world no one should have to worry if he will have food to eat tomorrow…..
In the greatest nation in the world no one should have to die or suffer because of medical care he or she did not get.
In the greatest nation in the world no one should have to try to live on a wage that no one could live on.
In the greatest nation in the world no one should feel that the police are a danger to them because of their race, their ethnic background, their religion, their socioeconomic status, their social group, or disability.
In the greatest nation in the world people should be allowed to vote and not be faced with a barrage of regulations impeding that vote because those in power are afraid of who they might vote for.
In the greatest nation in the world political power should not be for sale to the highest bidder.
In the greatest nation in the world all people should have a chance at an education which gives them the tools and opportunity to build a better life.
In the greatest nation in the world people should be judged by the content of their character and not their social status or financial standing or the color of their skin or sexual orientation.
In the greatest nation in the world the wealth of the few should not be based on the poverty and suffering of the many.
What if there was such an agenda? What if there was such a movement? I got a note from a good friend Justin Jones in Nashville today. I felt like what he was saying was “Why not?”
The picture at the heading of this post describes steps in Tennessee to make it real. We have seen where political agendas have taken us. We have a political system that believes nothing is possible, that nothing is practical. We have lost the sense that if we are to be who we say we are or who we want to be some things are necessary. There are things we can’t afford to not do if our principles and values are to mean anything.
Things only matter if we make them matter. It does not matter if we start with small steps. It matters that we stand and together, no matter how small the step, no matter how much the effort required and step forward and know in our heart of hearts that this is a journey once started will never stop until we reach home and all people know that they do matter and that the promises of this country are promises to all.