Thursday, January 22, 2009

Comments on the Obama Inaugural Address

Here I have finally decided to comment on the Inaugural Address of our country's newest President.

Below are some highlights from it and a bit of commentary on them:
"Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility ....."

Really? You think? How long did it take you to figure that one out?
"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recrimination and worn-out dogmas that for far long long have strangled our politics."
Only time will tell how far this "proclamation" turns out.
"....our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
I agree, I think it is high time our government stop catering to the special interests that represent such a small minority of the country's population.
"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works...."
Sure. But considering that big government does not work.......

He goes on to mention after this bit about restoring the "vital trust between people and their government." That sounds good in theory but really naive. I am not optimistic enough in ANY elected official to believe they can restore trust between me and the government. That damage was done long ago and quite honestly is beyond repair. Nice sound bite though.
"And so, to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born, know that America is a friend of each nation, and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity. And we are ready to lead once more."
It could happen.
"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."
I wonder how many citizens of Muslim nations believe that and if so, are they willing to do something about it?

Well, the man has some interesting ideas. How about we all forget our petty differences. Forget about our reds and blues. Our Democrats and Republicans. Our conservatives and liberals.

That is all.....for now....

By the way, you can read the entire address here.

1 comment:

  1. I was very moved by his speech actually. I hope that he can live up to its ideals.