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We Sure Did. Now What?

Posted by evankessler on January 21, 2009

Obama Inauguration

With the exception of Superman, not many people get to work their first full day and see on their to-do list after “Set up email” the daunting words “save the world,” but with all of those inspiring speeches that helped get him here a thing of the past, Barack Obama is now the leader of the free world.  The former Illinois Senator’s stint as numero 44 kicked off yesterday in grand fashion as the Queen of Soul belted out a heart warmingly beautiful version of My Country Tis of Thee on the frigid steps of the Lincoln Memorial…and if the white waitress who stood next to me crying was any indication, the mood of a nation  was transformed from utterly dour divisiveness under it’s previous leader to one of supremely positive unity as a result of it’s latest political savior.

While the latter attitude might be marked by somewhat wishful thinking, we’ve more or less entered the “now what?” phase known as the actual Obama era. We certainly owe it to our new President to give him the benefit of the doubt for at least the next few months as he tries to at least partially undo this mess done by the previous regime, but we must never give our leaders the power to operate with a carte blanche mentality, because it’s that sort of thing that got us into this in the first place.  It’s important to realize that our system of checks and balances exists for a reason, and while it may be tempting for us to pray that President Obama can undo the wrongs of the past in one fell swoop, we must have an enduring patience, because changes made in too much haste might end up being as sloppy and as poorly thought out as the decisions that put us in our current situation.   In the greater scheme of things we should try to view things with a glass half full and with the confidence that this current leader will not pervert our system of government as his predecessor had done  and will give our institutions the proper respect and due process they deserve.

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