This summer I had the privilege to intern with the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. One of my favorite things that I was able to do was give people from Louisiana tours of the United States Capitol building. To walk through these halls one gets the feeling of being a part of history. You can see the great men of our past walking these halls alongside of you, and you can feel the patriotic spirit of the countless men and women over the years who have sacrificed their lives that we may be free. The looks on the faces of both adults and children as they took in their spectacular surroundings was beautiful to observe. I would show them the famous statues and paintings of presidents and statesmen such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and even our very own Huey P. Long. They were enamored with the famous Brumidi Corridors, with their painstakingly detailed walls, and brightly tiled mosaic floors, but just above the hand painted renaissance style walls, there were two blank, unpainted stretches of wall that most people ignored. You see, these spots were left blank by the painter Brumidi on purpose- he knew that there would be men and women who would come after him and do great things for our country. To some people the two spaces are just another wall, but to me they represent hope- hope for the future of our nation. The best days of America are still to come, and anyone of us could be the person who rises above expectations to make a difference. I think Carl Sandburg said it best- “I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.

Hope for America

Hope for America




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