Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thank You God For January 20th

In just about 4 hours our long national nightmare will come to an end. Fortunately, the American people didn't decide to prolong the torture with 4 more years of Republican rule. I honestly can't say if I think Obama will be the answer to our prayers, but I hope, hope, hope that he will do things that need doing, tough as they may be. He has a lot of damage to undo.

1. He has pledged to close Guantanimo Bay, which is a huge blight on our nation's iamge. It needed to be closed yesterday. What the solution is, I do not know, but torture is not American.

2. He needs to fix the economy. Again, yesterday would be good. Michael and I would gladly accept 1/2 of 1% of the funds that are left from the bailout. Many other families would too. How about it?

3. The wars need to be over and done with. We need out of Iraq militarily and to get in there on a humanitarian only mission, to rebuild the country we destroyed. Maybe if we were nice to people, they'd quit blowing us up. Then we can focus on what the real mission should have been in Afghanistan, get that done with, and get on home.

4. He needs to make healthcare for everyone a priority. I play pleeeeeeenty in taxes, and I know lots of other people who do too. Instead of using it to blow things up, let's use it to make people well, keep people well, and see what a healthy population could do for this country.

If he can accomplish these things, it would be a miracle, yes, but he has pledged to do them. Is he just another politician blowing smoke up our asses? I'm going to choose to believe in him. I don't think he's the great savior so many people believe he will be, but I believe he can and will do a great job. I never believed a word that came out of the mouth of our soon-to-be-former Commander in Chief, and I never believed in his ability to govern, not even once. I proudly voted against him twice and protested against him many, many times here in Washington. It feels good to have a little bit of hope in our leadership again.

C'mon 11:30!

2 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Jasper John R. said...

Please don't invest so much of your faith in any politician. My experience is that they ALL disappoint. What would be interesting if you track and report on the "score" from your point of view. I was disappointed by Nixon's paranoia, Carter's inflation, Regan's deficits, Bush41's "no new taxes", Clinton's alley cat behavior, Bush43's naivete about Iraq, and Obama's inability to pick his "own" people.

Your mileage may vary.

Talmadge Gleck said...

After eight years of too many people in my midst investing 99% of their faith in George W. Bush - whom, by their words and actions, truly felt could walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead an make no mistakes whatsoever - what's wrong with investing just 25% ... okay, 50% ... faith in our new president.

How about we do something about the "conservatives" who have "PALIN 2012" stickers on their cars, listen to Ronald Reagan inaugural speeches on Sirius Patriot, and - again by their actions - act as if they WANT Obama to fail, for our country to further collapse. Because that would mean the Republicans would return. "America First"? Bullhockey.

(Fortunately, there are plenty of real conservatives who are accepting this turn of history with grace. My rant spares these good people.)

But the neocons, who expected us to sit down and shut up while GWB was in office, uttering not so much as a single polite word of disagreement, ought to at least pray for President Obama. HE'S in the White House now, like it or not.

Now that Bush 43 is no longer in office, I can breathe easier. Will Obama work miracles? Doubtful. Will he make our nation better? I hope and pray so each minute.

The best part? For once, a president who isn't a walking embarrassment.

Quoting Gerald Ford: "Our long national nightmare is over."