We do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached — their fundamental faith in human progress — that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.
For if we lose that faith — if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace — then we lose what’s best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.
- Barack Obama
(via ▶ Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama, Zach Galifianakis, Scott Aukerman, BJPorter, Funny Or Die, Between Two Ferns, rachelgoldenberg, Brian Lane, Aaron Ulrich, and BoTown Sound)
Barack Obama Speech at National Prayer Breakfast - Full Speech - February 6, 2014 (by LiberalActivismNow)
In the coming weeks, members of Congress will vote on whether we should require universal background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun so that criminals or people with severe mental illnesses can’t get their hands on one. They’ll vote on tough new penalties for anyone who buys guns only to turn around and sell them to criminals. They’ll vote on a measure that would keep weapons of war and high-capacity ammunition magazines that facilitate these mass killings off our streets. They’ll get to vote on legislation that would help schools become safer and help people struggling with mental health problems to get the treatment that they need.
Excerpt: “We Have Not Forgotten” - President Obama on Protecting Our Children from Gun Violence (by whitehouse)
Barack Obama 2013 Presidential Inauguration - Complete (by TheNewYorkTimes)
President Obama’s tribute to Led Zeppelin (by PBO2012)
Bruce Springsteen at Charlottesville Obama For America Rally (by BruceSpringsteen)
Obama To GOP On Susan Rice: “If They Want To Go After Somebody, They Should Go After Me” (by Adalrich William)
Where Did the Debt Come From? (by seeprogress)
Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy (by whitehouse)
President Obama: “I’m Really Proud of All of You.” (by BarackObamadotcom)