Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day and Beyond "...don't just sit there."

Maya Angelou is such a wise woman. She has this amazing way of inspiring us with the poetic expression of our own thoughts. Here are her comments about our responsibility as citizens on election day and after:

"What I've encouraged voters to do is to vote for the person I am extolling, and also don't expect that if your man or woman gets in, that all things will be rectified immediately. It's taken us a long time to come to this place of weariness and almost hopelessness."

"So because Obama gets in or McCain gets in, it's not going to be repaired overnight. The economy is not going to be repaired, the schools -- the disaster in our schools -- will not be repaired overnight. Nor will the social conversation be repaired overnight."

"However, I would encourage every voter to say to his or her candidate, go in and do it, and you will not do it alone. I will help. You have to get up off that sofa or off that couch and give something to the country -- even if it's one hour every other week to an old people's home -- I will read, go into the children's ward and read, or give to your church or your synagogue or your mosque."
"Offer something to the country. So you don't just sit there."

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