Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama becomes president

Today our country witnessed the inauguration of the first African American president
in the nation's history; we have been completely saturated with coverage of Obama for
over two years now, and today the "talk" begins to be the "walk". Let's hope, for
the sake of America herself, that he does well.

In the absence of any compelling "theme" for this post, I'll just list some thoughts
and concerns that I have about this particular president, and what his assumption of
the office may mean for America's present and future well-being:

1. I'm very happy about the legitimate encouragement that Americans-of-color, those
who used to be called "minorities", seem to be finding in the fact that "one of
their own" is now the President of the United States. This is certainly a shining
moment in the Civil Rights movement, and it should go a long way toward advancing
the idea that ALL men are created -- by God, and having a JOINT Ancestry in Adam --
as equals.

2. Ironically, one of my concerns turns on this very point: I'm encouraged by the
installment of a Black man in the Oval Office, but this Black man??
Some of the delight of seeing African Americans finally get representation at the
highest levels of American government is tarnished by the fact that the first to
accomplish this significant achievement is arguably the most liberal of
political figures to ever move about in Washington, D.C.... And then, I recall that
this is the city who voted in a Black mayor, who then was convicted of, and served
jail time for, felony involvement with drugs, and who THEN eventually was voted
back into the Mayor's office...

And of course there are representatives of every ethnicity who've lowered the
Character bar in American politics, so Color, here, is not the point at all...

The point is that the content of one's character -- which the iconic Civil
Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. held up as the standard by which ALL citizens
ought to be judged -- seems to be FAR less important to minority constituents than
"minority" status itself; and it's becoming more and more evident that "minority"
status is very often used as a smoke screen for ushering in Liberal politics...
Just look at the way "Women's groups" treated Sarah Palin, a Conservative: Those
groups turned a blind eye to the sexism that the Media aimed at her; if she had been
a Liberal, that same sexism would have been angrily condemned by those same groups,
if it even occurred at all, as a "cover" for the real agenda:
The advancement of Liberal politics.

3. I have been disappointed to hear a couple of men whom I respect say things such
as, "Obama is a good man", and "I think he might make a fine president". Good???
By what standard? "Fine", if he tramples the Constitution?? I'll happily point out
here -- in contrast to all the "Obama-mania" -- that this Emperor has no clothes:

One has to wonder how "good" a man is when he holds EXTREME Pro-Abortion
positions, and who has pledged to do everything he can to advance those
positions... How "fine" can a person be as president who has zero Foreign
Policy experience, zero Military experience -- and who, on that score,
is determined to force an establishment that already does not respect him to
allow openly-gay service members in -- and who maintains long-term, on-going ties
with some extremely questionable characters, some of whom are virulently
anti-American?? THIS is "good" and "fine"?

4. A Liberal will - by definition - hold to the idea that Government is the
answer to most (if not all) of the country's ills. This is never more true than
when deciding how to spend the government's money. Among the scores of details
swirling around Obama's plans to pass out Federal money, there are these nuggets:
    485 BILLION to the UN, to "help" them fight "world hunger"
    265 BILLION on various "Community Development" programs
    300+ BILLION to prop up Medicare and Medicaid
    BILLIONS for government-controlled Health Care
    BILLIONS to "help" private citizens with their mortages
    Dozens of other "initiatives"

This comes on the heels of numerous news stories exposing the Fraud, Waste and Abuse
of hundreds of BILLIONS of Fed dollars that have already gone out the door under
this "TARP" program; and we've watched in disbelief as entities from the State of
California to porn slinger Larry Flynt, and just about everyone else in between,
stepping up with their hand out, whining for "bailout" money...

This free-for-all Money situation going on in Washington -- sure to be made worse by
a Liberal Democrat and his "spend our way to Utopia" visions -- should be of very
grave concern to ALL Americans...

5. Most of all, it's what I might call "the Religion question" that concerns me the
most: Obama might very well be a Christian, and ALL of us fall short of
living out what we say we believe... But I'm troubled by the idea that Obama's
version of Christianity will come to be seen as "orthodox", and that traditional
doctrines of the Faith will increasingly be seen as "radical" and "extremist".
"Even the demons believe," the Scriptures tell us; let us hope and pray that a real
sense of humility before God, and a new allegiance to the Absoluteness of God's Will
-- as revealed in Scripture -- takes place in Obama's heart and mind.

This is, of coure, what I pray for myself, as well.

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