An open letter to President Elect Obama

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“The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth,
but from the enduring power of our ideals…;”
“This victory… is only the chance for us to make the change.”
-President Elect Barack Obama

President Elect Barack Obama:

As our nation approaches the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we write you with great hope. We know you are a man of compassion, wisdom and vision.

At this time of your inauguration as our President, your words echo the words and vision of Dr. King which ring true for the challenges facing our nation today. His vision of hope, justice and peace were not superficial adjustments to the status quo. He called for “a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin… the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.” (A Time to Break Silence, King, 1967)

His words about the expenditure of our nation’s tax dollars on war instead of investing in people are a scathing indictment of the way things were/are, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

President Elect Obama, we urge you to heed the call of Dr. King and reject the pressures of war profiteers who erode our economy, community and nation’s soul. We support your agenda for an inclusive just society and for the change so desperately needed: set as your top priority the needs of our citizens- provide education, healthcare, and job opportunities; invest in our nation’s infrastructure and renewable clean energy needs; and heal our nation’s relationships in the world – reject U.S. reliance on military might, instead help heal the sick, support self-reliance, be an unwavering proponent of the rule of law and diplomacy, and increase economic well-being and human security for all.

President Elect Obama, we ask you to embrace Dr. King’s call to “transform the dynamics of the world power struggle…, which no one can win, to a creative contest to harness man’s genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world.” (Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, King, 1968)

Thank you for your pledge to make the world our children inherit better than the one today.

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