Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blog Blast for Peace: An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President-Elect,

As the leader of the most powerful country on the planet, you now have the ability to help make our world a more peaceful place. I like to imagine that, as you walk the halls of the White House, you will draw inspiration from the great men who served us before you … men who, like you, were great orators, and both warriors for liberty and believers in a peaceful, more unified world.

Thomas Jefferson
“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy."

Abraham Lincoln
“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”'

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

John F. Kennedy
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures."

“Our duty as a (political) party is not to our party alone, but to the nation and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power, but the preservation of peace and freedom.”
(Undelivered speech planned for Dallas Texas, 11-22-1963)

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  1. Thank you and … Amen!
    Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that ‘Peace is in every step’ … a choice in every instant no matter what’s happening around or within us. As each of us blogs for peace today, we join our minds and hearts together to create this reality in our world.
    Hugs and blessings,

  2. Have a peace filled day!

  3. Peace to you and all that you love.

  4. Thank you for both this post and the prior one. The majority of us rejected the politics of fear this time around. And I like to think that the majority of people who voted Republican, or simply did not vote, also rejected that and voted based on their own educated values.

    Peace to you and yours.

  5. oh this was such a great approach for 'grant us peace' day! Loved it.
    hope u can pop over and see mine too.

  6. It's a bright new day for hope and change! Great Blog Blast for Peace!
    Sending *Peace*Love*Light* to ALL!!

  7. This is my favorite of your quotes:

    'Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?'

    Of course, it takes a person who can truly hear another to understand that sort of wisdom. Let's hope we'll all be able to hear one another.

  8. Peace be with you. A very thoughtful and wise post.

  9. A clever twist to the theme. Some great quotes there too!

    Peace wishes to you. :-)

  10. Perfect peace post for this year!

    and great quotes.

  11. Unique and inspiring.
    Thank you blogging for peace with us this year. I hope Mr. Obama takes comfort in the voices of peace that will surely resonate within those walls.

    Peace to you and yours,


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