1/19/2009

Inauguration or Coronation?


Tomorrow is going to be an event like no other in the history of this country. For the first time in our history an African-American will become President of the United States. It's easy to get caught up in the hoopla surrounding this momentous event. However, when the cheering dies down, President Obama will have to make do on his promises to many special interest groups. He will have to face an economy that is in the pits (thanks once again "W"). The Middle East is on the brink of another major war. Pakistan, our closest ally in the war on terror, is at the point of collapsing. You can paint our southern neighbor from hell with that brush also.

President Obama's tactic of dealing with a moribund economy is the same as his predecessor; throw money at it and hope something sticks. Spending taxpayer money is never the answer to economic problems. President Obama and his millions of admirers will soon find this to be true. However, to do nothing is likewise problematic. We are moving away from a Capitalist society (much to the delight of Democrats and socialists alike) to one of Socialism. We will move further left to become a country with a federal government that works to fix ALL the ills of the people of this country and, most likely, the entire world. I feel the results will be even more catastrophic than what we are experiencing under "W." Only time will tell if that is a correct assumption on my part.

I'm glad that President Obama has taken a "can do" attitude to this nation's problems. He's going to need that kind of attitude in the years to come. There is no quick fix to our problems. I hope, at least, people will give President Obama enough time to prove he is the man for this job...or that he is not. I have grave doubts and misgivings about a man with so little experience as this nation's Chief Executive. I hope he proves me wrong about him. I really do. It's entirely possible I'm wrong about him. But, he's filled people so much with the "hope" and "change you can believe in," it's going to be almost impossible for him to live up to the hype. We'll see soon enough.

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