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Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.

 
オバマ大統領の最後の演説。どうせアメリカの建国理念を再確認し「あなたたちが主役だ」というのオバマ節だろうと正直期待していませんでした。確かにど真ん中のスピーチだったものの、やっぱり感動してしまいました。トランプ大統領への毒はところどころ散りばめていたんですが、もう少し自分のできることを頑張ってみようとさせてもらえるリーダーは本当に素敵です。演説を一通り聞いて一番印象に残ったのはShow up. Dive in. Stay at it.というフレーズ。ワシントンポストも記事のタイトルにしていました。

Obama’s farewell message on democracy: ‘Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.’
By David Nakamura January 11 at 5:26 A

But the warm embrace from his adopted hometown may have served another purpose, too, in helping to insulate Obama and his faithful from the stark reality that his goodbye speech was not the crowning valedictory they had so recently anticipated.

Over the course of 4,500 words, the president delivered a determined pep talk and reality check, warning his audience not to lose faith in democracy or to give up participating in the American experiment.

“Show up. Dive in. Stay at it,” he urged. “Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose . . . And more often than not, your faith in America — and in Americans — will be confirmed.”
America, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren’t even willing to enter into public service. So course with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are seen, not just as misguided, but as malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others.


これからなんでもトランプ大統領にせいにできるかもしれませんが、そんなことはオバマ大統領は許しません。なぜならwe in fact all share the same proud type, the most important office in a democracy, citizen. Citizen. So, you see, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you.だから。

America, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren’t even willing to enter into public service. So course with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are seen, not just as misguided, but as malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others.

When we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt. And when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.

(CROWD CHEERS)

It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy. Embrace the joyous task we have been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours because, for all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud type, the most important office in a democracy, citizen.

(APPLAUSE)

Citizen. So, you see, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when you own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.

(APPLAUSE)

If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing.

(CROWD CHEERS)

If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.

(CROWD CHEERS)

Show up, dive in, stay at it. Sometimes you’ll win, sometimes you’ll lose. Presuming a reservoir in goodness, that can be a risk. And there will be times when the process will disappoint you. But for those of us fortunate enough to have been part of this one and to see it up close, let me tell you, it can energize and inspire. And more often than not, your faith in America and in Americans will be confirmed. Mine sure has been.

もし選挙結果に不満だったら外に出て活動を始めたらどうだShow up, dive in, stay at it.と激励します。If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up, dive in, stay at it. Sometimes you’ll win, sometimes you’ll lose.と。勝つ時もあるし負ける時もあるが、それこそが民主主義を確固たるものとするのだからというメッセージ。まさにオバマ大統領は若い時シカゴの街角で活動を始めたんですよね。

自分もShow up. Dive in. Stay at it.を肝に銘じて頑張ってみようと思います。
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