Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ask Not...

The cable news talking heads have spent hundreds of hours speculating about the contents of Obama's inauguration address. One persistent question seems to be whether, like JFK, he will deliver a call to service.

It's an interesting question. I'm not sure how America, or the world, would respond to a call to serve. We are different people, in a different time. Generally we are probably more apathetic than we were in 1961, but more importantly we likely have less time to serve. I suspect that in a bad economy Americans are working harder and longer than usual, and those who aren't working are probably putting their efforts in to finding work. That may not leave a lot of time for public service.

Still, it would be nice to see if we could collectively rise to "ask what we can do for our country."

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