Today the 44th President of the Unites States of America is sworn into office. For me it signifies not only eliminated barriers but also the beginning of new horizons. Horizons that parallel past frontiers that once seemed impossible to tame. World wide economic woes have linked countries together. It’s ironic that this linkage also holds the solutions for the recession. Some nations need to lead, but it will require more from the followers as well. Don’t expect one person to go about and fix it all. “Yes we can” is about everybody, everywhere getting the inspiration to help change your nations situation as well as your own.
As someone who is fond of history I’m currently reading the biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His leadership and inspiration during the Great Depression was a catalyst. FDR’s personal ailments and struggles as a polio survivor were part of that catalyst. While no nation’s leader is ever lacking of critics, FDR included, he served during a very difficult period of time. His New Deal programs and the struggles of that time have been told to me numerous times by my parents. My parents watched my grandparents struggle through the Great Depression. In some ways those stories have shaped me. FDR’s voice and words were his medium. One did not see a man ravaged by polio in steel braces, but rather a leader who inspired many to solve problems. His famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” during his inauguration speech is so appropriate.
“Yes we can” is for all.