Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Random Acts of Citizenship: Pickin' Up Trash After Inauguration



So our attempts at keeping Inauguration Day litter free on the National Mall may not have been an entire success, but more than a few people were inspired by President Obama's call for personal responsibility and picked up after supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Our Jay-Z Russian Winter Hats that he wore to Inauguration off to all of you who decided each individual person can help make America a better place starting right now.

42 comments:

  1. I applaud your vision for a clean inauguration. I'm sorry so many of your fellow citizens felt it was not their job to clean up after themselves either this time or after the election. In light of what our new President had just said regarding personal sacrifice and responsibility to their country, didn't it make you wonder, just a little bit, if this was a representative sampling of the entire voting populace who voted for Obama? Are these same people who can't even pick up a piece of paper going to be able to make any personal sacrifices to make America better? Or will they be the ones demanding their stimulus check, their tax cut, their welfare increase, their free health care, their subsidized housing, their free child care, their free rent, car, college education...and if they don't get all of those things Obama promised (okay, maybe he didn't promise all of them, but you get my point), they're going to say he was a sell-out and start to riot in the streets. More trash, more destruction, more demands. America's problems have never been because of just one man and the solutions will never come from the actions of just one man. America's in the situation we're in because of all of us and it's going to take all of us acting like responsible citizens to get us out. And just like Obama can't pick up all that trash by himself, he can't fix all the problems of this country all by himself. His supporters better wake up and be ready to work and sacrifice, or nothing he tries to do will succeed, and it won't be his fault...it will be ours.

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  2. You make a beautiful, well-written point. Litter Free Inauguration never meant to demonize Obama supporters for not picking up after themselves after Inauguration. We simply wanted to avoid the hypocrisy you pointed out. How could people who voted for a President who advocates "Personal Responsibility" leave a national landmark littered with trash?

    Thing is, many people stayed back after Inauguration and helped out, heeding Pres. Obama's call for service.

    Second, there is no "they" in your argument. We are all Americans and OUR President is asking us to act as responsible citizens. Litter Free Inauguration was never a partisan affair. There is nothing less partisan than acting on the behalf of your country.

    Perhaps some Obama supporters offended you (and us) by leaving their trash on the National Mall. Litter Free Inauguration was always about Personal Responsibility, not just trash. We can move forward under this new administration and act as citizens of our shared country.

    You don't know how we voted, yet you assume we are Democrats. All we really care about is making America the greatest place in the world to live. We believe that's a goal that crosses party lines, and its achievement begins with each and every one of us.

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  3. Just for the record, I don't mention party anywhere in my post. I also don't assume how anyone voted. I just assumed that the vast majority of people who attended the inauguration of this President voted for him, and therefore they're the ones who left the trash. They were the ones who listened to the speech. They were the ones who created the trash. They were the ones who, in vast majority, left it there for someone else to pick up. It wasn't you and me. So, yes, there is a 'they' in my argument. I wasn't there. I didn't desecrate the nation's capital with my garbage and leave it for the world to see--they did. When my President asks me to do something to be responsible for my country, I will do it. But in this case, it was the people who were there to celebrate his inauguration--who I would presume were his most ardent supporters--and the vast majority of them couldn't heed his advice.

    You see, this is an inner character quality, to do what is right, to take personal responsibility, to have respect for sacred and national treasures. Clearly, and visibly, the vast majority of Obama supporters at the inauguration showed none of this personal integrity. I'm afraid President Obama can't wave a magic wand and transform these people into people of character over night. His supporters should recognize that "change" didn't just mean that the President should change and everything would turn out great. People are going to have to change themselves, too. You know the saying that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

    So anyway...I think we agree on the basics. But I never said anything about party.

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  4. It is a good start, keep building awareness and there will be even more success in the future. Like Obama says, we may not yet have change, only an opportunity for it.

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