If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.
It was very clear to me in 1965 in Mississippi that as a lawyer I could get people into schools desegregate the schools but if they were kicked off the plantations - and if they didn't have food didn't have jobs didn't have health care didn't have the means to exercise those civil rights we were not going to have success.
I grew up in a very religious family and it is the motivating force to every thing I do. I am fortunate to have had adults all around me who really lived their faith in helping other people and doing the best you can do.
I'm sure I am impatient sometimes. I sure do get angry sometimes. I think it's outrageous how hard it is to get this country to feed its children and to take care of its children to give them a decent education.
Together we can and must fight for justice for our children and protect them from draconian tax cuts and budget choices that threaten their survival education and preparation for the future. If they are not ready for tomorrow neither is America.