Who built it?
I don’t remember if it was Orchestra Hall or the Ordway, but I do remember that at one of those amazing spaces the guests for the very first performance were the hundreds of workers who built the facility. Everyone agreed that it took many, many people to build a fine performance center.
Now we have discussions about who is responsible for building anything. But no one goes it alone now or in our past. Part of the beauty of our civilization is that we help each other, whether in the pioneer days of barn-raisings or later with the complicated job of building a Golden Gate Bridge spanning the Bay of San Francisco or more recently in supporting the rebuilding of communities in northern Minnesota devastated by June floods. No one goes it alone. Everyone needs help when building. That is the beauty of our culture. Individually or collectively we help and support those who are building houses, businesses or public facilities.
I understand that the theme for part of the Republican Convention is “We built it.” How appropriate. The convention attendees are meeting in a convention center built primarily by government dollars. That means that taxes we all paid helped build this meeting place in Florida where Republicans will convene. When they state “We built it”, the Republican party in effect is acknowledging that group effort makes facilities like the Tampa Convention Center possible. I think this also means that they acknowledge the importance of government support in making things happen.