It’s so easy, it’s hard

Thirty-seven days until the election, and it would be so easy to think that this is all that’s going to happen in the world, and our lives are going to end on Nov. 3, either way.

But either way, after that day we will have work to do. Either way, we will have stuff to blog and jobs to go to and pets to feed and walk and post pictures of, people to love, early-morning coffee to drink and late-night beer to swill.

Don’t let’s go too crazy in the next month. Let’s remember what got us this far. This is the speech that got me started in this little crack house. It’s worth a second read.

“Two hundred and two Septembers after the creation of our Bill of Rights, Attorney General John Ashcroft drafted a document that has eroded our Constitutional rights and broken down the mutual trust between the American people and their government — and between Americans and each other — by making suspects out of all of us.

“That is not the act of a patriot.

“A true Patriot Act is not born out of fear, but out of trust; it is not born out of division, but out of community; it is not born out of suspicion, but out of faith in each of us.

“We need to remind this administration what a Patriot Act is.

“A neighbor lends a hand to a friend in need, that is a Patriot Act.

“A mother struggles for her children’s future, that is a Patriot Act.

“An immigrant becomes a member of our American family, that is a Patriot Act.

“Men and women risk life and limb on behalf of our country through our armed services, that is a Patriot Act.

“Americans come together as a community and as a country to declare their values, their rights, and their very independence that is a Patriot Act, as it was in 1776 and as it is over two hundred years later and as it will be, through our actions, over two hundred years from now.

Let’s remember why we want it so badly: Because we want our husbands and wives and sons and daugthers and sisters and brothers home safely from war, because we want our country safe and strong, because we want our lives to be the best they can be. If that sounds simple, it’s because it is.

What do you want to do in the next month? What do you want to see? What more can we all do to make our country better?

A.