Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Toward a More Perfect Union

A More Perfect Union quilt

President Obama’s speech was less about the frictions of the moment than this step in America’s long, still unfolding journey toward a more perfect union.

Republicans expressed disappointment or distaste for what they took as partisanship in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. Democrats exulted in what they viewed as his manifesto for a progressive political agenda in his second term.

I heard something quite different. Through allusions to the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Obama linked the challenges of today to the ongoing project of creating a more perfect union.

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