Together we can hold to the vision of economic justice, political justice, and a better future for our children and our children’s children.
It is so important to remember that good things do not just happen; improvements in our communities and our state and our nation only occur when enough people are willing to work together, work hard, and imagine a better life.
There is not one of us who can – or will – fight for goals we cannot imagine.
Then think about what is “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear” – and how much are they worth – to you?
The reason that income inequality and concentrated capital matter is that our children’s futures are hostage to a form of hoarding. Hoarded capital does not lead to capitalism in the sense of new enterprise or jobs – and America was founded as a kind of anti-aristocracy, not a recreation of the permanently stratefied society of Old England.
As we go forth into 2011, it is my hope that you and I will first imagine better schools, better roads, and a fair revenue system – and then work for them. To live free, we must be willing to be brave, imaginative – and restructure revenue with a goal to make the future better for everyone possible, including those who cannot help themselves without a helping hand.