From the website Baha'i Words
True civilization will unfurl its banner in the mid-most heart of the world whenever a certain number of its distinguished and high-minded sovereigns - the shining exemplars of devotion and determination - shall, for the good and happiness of all mankind, arise, with firm resolve and clear vision, to establish the Cause of Universal Peace.
I might be having one of my "weird" imaginings, but I sense that all of us living in the United States of America can do what ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is saying in this quote. It's not so much that we elected Barack Obama as president because I see that as a step toward peace, not the complete solution to the ills of this country and the rest of the world. There is so much to do, and I pray that President Obama manifests courage,steadfastness, integrity, honesty, and willingness to do what is best for for both this country and the world instead of what is politically expedient. I don't envy his job. Too many leaders have come to the position of power with noble ideals, only to give in to the backdoor compromises and handshaking with billionaire power-brokers with self-serving interests in Washington. But if President Obama can manage to avoid this, I feel this would be an important step toward establishing peace and true justice in the US and the world. Of course, we all have to contribute to this effort. The President cannot do this alone, nor should it be his sole responsibility. It belongs to all of us.
Hearken ye, O Rulers of America and the
Presidents of the Republics therein, unto that which
the Dove is warbling on the Branch of Eternity: "There
is none other God but Me, the Ever-Abiding, the
Forgiving, the All-Bountiful." Adorn ye the temple of
dominion with the ornament of justice and of the fear
of God, and its head with the crown of the
remembrance of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens.
Thus counselleth you He Who is the Dayspring of
Names, as bidden by Him Who is the All-Knowing,
the All-Wise. The Promised One hath appeared in this
glorified Station, whereat all beings, both seen and
unseen, have rejoiced. Take ye advantage of the Day of
God. Verily, to meet Him is better for you than all that
whereon the sun shineth, could ye but know it. O
concourse of rulers! Give ear unto that which hath been
raised from the Dayspring of Grandeur: "Verily, there
is none other God but Me, the Lord of Utterance, the
All-Knowing." Bind ye the broken with the hands of
justice, and crush the oppressor who flourisheth with
the rod of the commandments of your Lord, the
Ordainer, the All-Wise.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 52)
Addendum: I just read another article from the excellent website, Iran Press Watch, and this is another issue in basic human rights on this planet that we, as citizens of the United States and this planet, must never turn away from. There are nauseating and alarming similarities between the current Iranian regime and Nazi Germany, and those similarities also exist in other countries, as in Somalia and other African nations. I strongly feel that Iran, as the birthplace of the Baha'i Revelation, must be shown how to be just to all of its citizens, not only Baha'is. In doing so, the rest of the world can be put on notice--injustice, oppression, and violation of basic human rights will no longer be tolerated. And it is my own opinion, which does not represent members of the Baha'i Faith and the Baha'i World Center, that President Obama should take steps to insure that the Iranian and all other oppressive governments of the world realize that their reprehensible actions have not gone unnoticed, and will result in considerable negative consequences.
The following article brought the latest actions of the Iranian regime into poignantly sharp view: Iran's Secret Purges