A Country Safe To Grow Old In
We are one nation. We are comprised of those imagining their future contributions to our country, those now making them, and those whose contributions brought us forward. We are made up of citizens who cannot yet walk, those who run and think they will run forever, and those who know the truth.
We need all of us. Each of us is equally valuable. Not one of us deserves to be pushed out on the ice floe.
While my American politics did not agree with hers, today I am mindful of the UK’s Margaret Thatcher, who in 1979 described the collective voice of the “thoughtful people” of Britain. Just before she was elected as its first female Prime Minister, she said:
“Today, if you listen, you can hear that voice again . . . Its message is quiet but insistent. It says this: Let us make this a country safe to work in; let us make this a country safe to walk in; let us make it a country safe to grow up in; let us make it a country safe to grow old in. And it says, above all: May this land of ours, which we love so much, find dignity and greatness and peace again.”