Of course today is a great day in the history of our great nation. A black man has been inaugurated in as our 44th president. I should have felt some kind of pride or excitement in that fact, but I felt strangely depressed today. It was a different kind of depression than the one I felt the day after the election. I actually expected to feel more fearful today. But I have a profound sadness and I think it is because I fear that the America I love will never be the same and that’s not because President Obama is going to make it a better place to live. So here is my personal journey throughout the day and keep in mind that I had to listen to everything on the radio.
I lost a lot of faith in the people of this country as I listened to the boos of the crowd when President Bush and Vice President Cheney were introduced. On a day that was suppose to be a bright spot and transcend partisanship, the liberal boneheads couldn’t help themselves. Later I heard reports that some in the crowd started singing, “Nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, good-bye.” How tacky!
Hats off to Pastor Warren. I was not happy that he was part of this ceremony, but when he prayed in the name of Jesus and included The Lord’s Prayer in the Invocation he made up for alot of my doubts about why he wanted to be center stage. He used it the way he should – to the glory of Jesus Christ and not himself.
Then President Obama got up and took the oath of office. Now I’m not sure if it was his jumping the gun and starting the oath before Chief Justice Roberts had finished the opening line that threw the Chief Justice off, but he flubbed the next line and President Obama waited for him to correct himself before continuing. Both men were obviously nervous and it came off poorly.
And then the “Gloom and Doom Speech” was given by President Obama. I was truly shocked how flat and uninspired the speech was because Obama has always been a great orator and I thought he would do really well today. But I was quite mistaken. Of course, the MSM has already declared that the speech will be chiseled in granite, but I highly doubt that. His campaign speeches were ten times the quality of this speech. Let’s look at some excerpts:
“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” Wow America sounds like a pile of crap! So much for propping up our greatness. And let’s not forget that this man thinks only the government can solve these problems that were caused not just by government but by everyone.
“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.” He proclaims an end to petty grievances and false promises?! I just had to laugh. I still feel no hope here.
“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.” What the hell does this mean?
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.” All platitudes and meaningless coming from a Marxist. His plans do not promote the use of risk taking or hard work and definately not prosperity. Debt is never prosperous!
“For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.” Restore science to its rightful place – what the hell? We will harness the sun and the winds? This alternative energy will never work. How long has solar been around – at least since I was a kid and the neighbors got solar panels. We will transform schools and colleges? Wonder if those colleges would like to lower their tuition rates?
“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short.” I literally yelled at the radio, “My memory is short?! How about the Great Depression and how big those plans were and where they have left us today?” Obama needs to learn from Roosevelt’s experimental mistakes and not follow that same path.
“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.” Most of this is not the government’s job. Giving us a dignified retirement? I already know that Social Security is gone for me – period. And the government is going to hold the government to account? Just like the oversight on the bailouts, right?
I do commend him for the strong talk on defense and against the terrorists – I hope he means it.
“With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.” Could he get off the warming planet farce?
“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.” Not the government’s job.