LETTER: It's time to get to work

Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 30, 2010

When President Barack Obama made his campaign promises, he was making them on behalf of our interest. That’s why we elected him. The work to achieve our goals is not dependent just on him. We all have to work to achieve the goals enunciated by the president. The campaign, celebration ball and bling are over. We now must roll up our sleeves and get to work. We must work in behalf of our children and ourselves.

Lets begin this process by assessing our condition, planning remedies and implementing actions in behalf of our interest. No matter whether we share all of the same interest as the presidents or not, we all have work to do. We need to communicate our interest, plans and advocate for them in a constructive manner. We should all keep the interest of the country in mind. We all have an opportunity to contribute our creativity to this process if we are willing, passionate and persistent enough to take it.

The presidential campaign created some ideas for enlisting the average citizen and providing non-boilerplate feedback. There are existing organizations that could assist in this process. The political parties, think tanks and other organizations could all participate in this process. Formats for local community assessment might be made available by these organizations and or with colleges and universities.

There are many national and local organizations that might partner with citizens and other organizations to develop agendas. Any agenda or program should be infused with sensitivity to transparency, accountability and a potential for relevant modification.

We cannot afford to wait. Now is not the time to be obsessed with bling. There is much work to be done. We must be as passionate about what we want for the world, our country, community and family. We must work for and demand positive responses to our needs and aspirations. Helping the president does not mean following him blindly. We must keep him and our other elected officials informed about how their policies and actions affect us. We must remind them that we will vote in behalf of our interest. We must demand hard evidence of policies and actions in our behalf.

We have a responsibility to insure meaningful participation. All segments of our community, particularly low income and minority, must be included in the benefits of policies and actions. Our agenda must be inclusive in its development, implementation and benefits. We must be vigilant about the negative impact of partisan and exclusive actions. We must create effective criteria for evaluating and holding appropriate entities accountable, including ourselves. We obviously don’t have time to dance right now. Neither can we afford to just say no. We have much work to do. Lets get started.

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time; we are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change we seek." — President Barak Obama

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