This evening as I was reading No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin**, I was struck by the following that Eleanor Roosevelt said during a speech the day after Hitler’s armies invaded Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France. She was speaking to boys at a prep-school in Connecticut and said to them:
How to preserve the freedoms of democracy in the world. How really to make democracy work at home and prove it is worth preserving. . . . These are the questions the youth of today must face and we who are older must face them too.
These words stood out so strongly to me because they seemed such a sharp contrast to what we have experienced in our own country with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While our soldiers have been sacrificing themselves for the belief that we were bringing democracy and a better life to the peoples of those lands, we slowly lost some of our own civil liberties at home in the name of security. I’m excited to continue reading this book through the fledgling days of Mr. Obama’s presidency. I look to our past to be reminded, to know, the greatness and sense of purpose people can find. Yes we can.
**I’m reading this for my bookclub and highly recommend it thus far!