During the chaotic first 100 days of the new presidential administration it is easy to forget that, whether I like it or not, the president is the leader of the free world and epitomizes the hopes, dreams and aspirations of citizens of our nation and of the world. I wish him success in meeting his responsibilities even as I often disagree with him.
Our country is special from the rest of the world but not because of our wealth or military might. We are the first modern democratic republic born out of a revolutionary idea "that all men are created equal" and dedicated to the unique historical premise the "governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" to promote "certain unalienable Rights, that among these .... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is a proud heritage that is a living and breathing legacy given us.
We, as citizens, are at our best when we ask, "How can I contribute to the common good?" and then act on those principles to help, protect and educate our neighbors.
Elections, in fact, do have consequences. If you do not like the current consequences work to make your voice heard while listening to and considering the opinions of others. Make a difference in someone's life. Educate yourself on the issues that face our community, state and nation and then go to the polls at election time and elect a government you can be proud of.
MICHAEL R. MURPHY