For the last three days I have taken extensive walks around the Campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. It had been since before Christmas since I had engaged in this thoroughly enjoyable activity, due to falling and fracturing three ribs.
Saturday I happened upon what was apparently an Open House, where I found many prospective students and their parents looking with awe and wonder at the great and beautiful University that is SIU.
The excitement that was in their faces renewed my remembrance of what a gift higher education and SIU are, not only to the people of Illinois…but around the world.
I think we often feel that our efforts are not enough to combat the herculean problems that confront us. Indeed many support our new President’s Executive order banning seven countries on a thinly veiled religious test…which is directly in opposition to our Constitution. However one Attorney General from Washington State presented a written argument to one Federal Judge…which in turn has…for now halted the President’s Un-constitutional Executive Order.
We in Illinois fear that some of our University’s may become so diminished, due to the failure of our State Legislature and our Governor’s failure to agree on a budget for almost two years, that they will be unrecognizable to their faithful alumni and the students who are rely on them to be there for the fulfillment of their educational dreams.
I saw in the eyes of the parents and their children, this past Saturday, hope in the midst of darkness…and a belief that what is right…what is as necessary…what is wise and prudent…will continue to be offered as a necessity and not a luxury.
Your know…at time you just feel in your gut…that something is wrong and you must speak out. That feeling is often right. It is not about Republicans and Democrats…it is about right and wrong.
It has been said that people get what type of government that they deserve…?