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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Three Things.

Today's Think Write Thursday topic is three things I'd do if I were President of the United States. Of course I have zero desire to be President; I wouldn't even know where to start. But I do know which three policy areas are most important to me:

Education. Equality. Environment.

A strong system for public education and full literacy is a must.

Everyone is equal. regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, skin color, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, eating habits, income, health, marital status ...

This Earth is a precious gift. It's the only one we have. We need to treat it as such.

However I doubt that platform would've helped me get elected (unless I had a really terrific speechwriter and a lot of folks smarter and savvier than I to help me communicate it!)

Instead, I'm feeling right now like what I'd do as President is not as important as how I'd lead:

With hope,
Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.
~ Barack Obama
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
and commitment.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
~ Margaret Mead
(and always giving credit to those terrific speechwriters who make me sound smarter and savvier than I am!)

Thank you Carole and Kat for another thoughtful topic. Head over to Carole's blog to see what others are sharing.

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Blogger Bonny said...

While I agree with your three policy areas completely, I'm really impressed with how you would lead. The hope quote is going on my refrigerator today!

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Honoré said...

Education, including but not limited to schooling, etc, is clearly a must needed agenda item for any/all leaders on all levels...
Your thoughtful response to the prompt makes you an A-1 candidate for POTUS...I'd vote for you any day!

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

Education - a crucial key to every single person's success. This is especially telling in that the incoming apparently cannot read a 200 page security briefing. Sad! Perhaps too many big league (or bigly) words!

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger knittergran said...

I'm with you on all of this. I wish I were more hopeful though.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Kym said...

I'm having a hard time reading these posts today . . . It seems so easy and practical to do the right things. I just wish the politicians would agree. . .

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Nancy said...

Education -- safe to say that we would not be standing at this precipice if we had a better-informed electorate. I need some of your hope, Mary!

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Valerie said...

yeah, I've been thinking of that "color of their skin and content of their character" quote ever since the election. It's almost like Dr. King saw it coming.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger margene said...

So many of us have the same goals. Thank you for sharing quotes from some of our great citizens!

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Carole said...

Yes, this is awesome. And I love the quotes you chose to illustrate your themes.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger alexa said...

I think you'd do just great :). A most inspiring collection of quotes - and we need to hang on to these in the months to come.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Kwizgiver said...

This is a great post--I love how you would lead.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Penny said...

I enjoyed your post, and those are some encouraging quotes. If I thought there was even a small chance our next president would lead the way you would I would feel a lot more hopeful.

Thursday, 19 January, 2017  
Blogger Lydia said...

I wouldn't want to be the President either. My hope is in a higher power and I think we need to invest more in our community. The need is great.

Friday, 20 January, 2017  

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