I was watching Obama’s acceptance speech the other night and realized something completely obvious but that seems almost forgotten during these two years of crazy, annoying campaigning.
A new president isn’t really going to make the country a better place. And Obama would tell you that himself, I would wager. Obama is constantly talking about us and we and working together. What a new president can do is provide a better environment for people to make the country a better place.
Now I know the president has a lot of say in what countries we bomb or don’t bomb and what Supreme Court judges get picked to fill vacating seats but most of the real change is not going to happen unless we the people make it happen.
I’m starting to evaluate what role I want to have in helping the larger community. I don’t see myself having the time or organization skills to head anything but I should be able to donate some time and money. A couple groups that seem near and dear to my heart these days are the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation but I’m sure there are others. I also know very little about how they do what they do so I don’t know if I can really align myself with either of them without doing some research. And I’m going to spend time trying to decide whether I am better suited for doing things locally or nationally.
So, in short, I’m thrilled that Obama is going to be our next president. I’m excited about the enthusiasm he seems to be creating and encouraging in young people. I’m happy that there is a sense of change in our country again.
Now I just need to figure out exactly what I’m going to do to help create that change.
What are you going to be doing?