January 21, 2009

Hail to the Chief

I for one am glad to welcome our new President. I wish him nothing but the best of fortune and all the blessings that can come from all the Gods that might actually exist.

I am pleased that we've got an African American President. Perhaps now we can get on to the business of being one people. Or perhaps we will have to wait until we have a half-Latina Disabled Lesbian as President before we can do that. But it's a start, and a damn good one.

I am proud to toast President Obama and call him my President. His inauguration speech wasn't up to his usual snuff, and it had a few uncharitable and unbecoming moments, but he's not hired to give a speech. He's hired to lead us.

I am glad that at long last I can post my flags in front of my house without people thinking that I'm some sort of neanderthal reactionary. I am glad that the other half of the political class has finally found it within themselves to be patriots of a sort.

But most of all, above everything else, I'm glad to finally have the other "half" (really like 20% but what a loud obnoxious 20%) stand up and join us in the fight against terrorism and evil.

Anyone who joins the fight to save our culture and our nation is my brother -- and it doesn't matter what was coming out of their mouth last week.

Welcome aboard, lefties. Let's do what needs doing.

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As trite or corny as it may sound, today I felt...for the first time...that we begin to live the document which founded this country and upon how we (supposedly) live as a society "...all men are created equal". 100 days from now, maybe a year (or more) frustration, disappointment will push that ideal far from the forefront of my thoughts (hoping not!) but I doubt I will ever forget the sense of unity that was yesterday or the certainty that, now...anyone who has a mind to CAN aspire to even the highest office in the land. No-one can say "we are not ready for it", "has never been done", "that doesn't mean us". Wait..unless, of course, one is female. Yet. But that day, too, will come and I still believe, in my lifetime. For now this step forward is enough and, like most if not all of us, I have high hopes and an open mind.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at January 21, 2009 02:11 AM

The point is that the white male monopoly has been broken, not that the breaker is black. As Dr. King said so many years ago... The chains of oppression are around the ankles of white people as much as around black people. Both must be set free.

Today I feel free. I was explaining to my 5 year old son why this was such a big deal and I had to point out that the President is black. He was amazed that we had never had a black president before. I started to tell him we had never had a woman, or an oriental president as well when it came to me that they had all been white males.

So yesterday we broke up a monopoly and that is a good thing.

Now, can he govern sensibly?... I hope so.

Posted by: Alan Coffey at January 21, 2009 01:57 PM

I have also experienced the sentiments expressed here as I consider our legacy to our grandchildren, a major theme in yesterday's ceremonies.

For two long we have had a dysfunctional two party system operating.

The vision being expressed now is that intelligent pragmatism will transcend ideology. The prerequisite is unity of purpose and action.

Hopefully this will enable significant progress to be made on the critical problems facing not only our nation but the globe.

I am encouraged!

Posted by: Perry at January 21, 2009 04:33 PM

I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 22, 2009 06:47 PM

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