The most emotional moment of the State of the Union Address. {plus, Full Video of Speech}

Via on Feb 13, 2013

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All in one big speech: climate change, renewable energy, gay rights, minimum wage up to $9 taking lower class just above poverty line if working full time, not just cutting welfare, improving economy, housing, helping those who need it in housing…I was pretty psyched and grateful overall.

Also: “What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.” -Barack Obama, State of the Union Address

Oh, and major preschool support for children in need, and focus on voting access rights.

Oh, and cuts in nuclear weapons and half troops home now from Afghanistan, half in a year and we’re out. And commonsense gun control. All in one agenda.

And immigration reform! But this moment had me on the verge of…tears…something I don’t approach often or easily.

In the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

“President Obama, urging congress—more specifically, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, to put his gun control proposals to a vote.” (via Newsweek, via shortformblog)

Note: the GOP-controlled House won’t do it. So it’s all the more touching that President Obama tried, so passionately. ~ ed.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

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Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress.  If you want to vote no, that’s your choice.  But these proposals deserve a vote.  Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton.  She was 15 years old.  She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss.  She was a majorette.  She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend.  Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration.  And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence.  They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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9 Responses to “The most emotional moment of the State of the Union Address. {plus, Full Video of Speech}”

  1. Mark Hastings says:

    Yes, and we deserve better leadership but it doesn't mean that it's going to happen anytime soon.

  2. Colin Wiseman says:

    You all should watch The Zeitgeist Trilogy. Quite eye opening on the state of world politics and the final movie gives a great idea how the world should work.

    • Britt says:

      Saw the first one. Really really eye opening. I'm a semi-conspiracy theorist myself though already. Someone suggested "Ring of Power" to me as well, but I have not watched it.

  3. Ahimsa is a core of Yoga. But there are many insane people in the world, who will never respect that. Sadly, if you vote for a major party, you are betraying this core yogic value. But to punish law abiding citizens, who are practicing the rights of our Ashram called America is also a form of violence. This is also undesirable.

    I believe America's violent karma is the cause of our violence at home. When our nation starts operating with Ahimsa, then we can expect to see that spread through our nation. This is why I vote Libertarian, founded on the principle of non-aggression. And it seeks to undo all that which has been violently thrust upon us by the two party system, forced in to doing the will of those, who are greedy and violent.

    Guns are a symptom. Not a cause. Don't go after law abiding citizens, address the culture of violence.

  4. Gail says:

    Half of those deaths by bullet happened in Chicago. There were more deaths by abortion, lives that will never be lived, birthdays never shared, love never felt.

  5. Marie says:

    What difference does the city make, Gail? And what do abortions have to with common sense gun control? Is there something wrong with NOT wanting people to get shot? The right to not be shot trumps the 2nd Amendment %100. I can counter your argument by asking why you call yourself pro-life….but love guns, war and execution.

  6. Linda V. Lewis says:

    It was a visionary speech aimed at the well being of Americans. Gun control's time has come. The British red coats are no longer coming–they haven't for more than 200 years! Automatic weapons are not about defense; they are about pure violence. No civilian needs one. Kindness breeds kindness. Also, by attacking poverty, the need for violent crime among the poor dissolves. Jobs eradicate the desperate need for crime. Dissolving the great disparity between the few extremely rich and the many, many poor also might dissolve a great deal of frustration, bitterness, and envy. Obama is attacking the problems at the root.

  7. michael says:

    Linda, you know there are countries where gun ownership is outlawed, right? Do you know that? There are also States that have severely restrictive gun ownership laws. Have you looked into that? Do you think anything can be learned from these places?

    I’m just asking because it seems that more often than not, people calling for a gun ban, like you, haven’t really bothered to look into the issue, and are interested more in making themselves feel good by parroting about the sort of language you do here.

    Education is good.

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