This Blog Entry is a little different. Instead of me giving my thoughts, I am inviting students from my NMP 665 class (Law, Policy, Government and Nonprofits) to comment on President Obama’s inaugural address today with particular attention to two paragraphs that he spoke toward the end of his speech:
They are the words of citizens and they represent our greatest hope. You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time — not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.”
A major theme of NMP 665 is that nonprofits—throughout our nation’s history—have enabled common citizens to make their collective voices heard by their government. We will discuss this function of nonprofits in great detail next week, but since we have already touched on this theme, I wanted to take the opportunity created by the President’s speech to further this discussion now.
PS Anyone can “chime in” to the discussion and you can read the entire speech at