It’s January 21st today.
Yes I know that you know that.
Still it’s a significant date.
Well, We’ve got the ‘holiday’ season out of the way. (On a personal note, I’ve got my birthday out of the way as well). We’ve long since taken down all the decorations. We’ve got back to work, and done at least one full five day week.
Yesterday, we got the new man installed at the White House.
So, now, all that remains, is the rest of the year, and to revive the economy we all need to quit partying and get back to work!
Of course, not everyone wanted to see him elected, but elected he was, and with none of the Floridian-style fixin’ and fiddlin’ that went on eight years ago. A clear mandate in other words, that folks want change.
Many people aren’t sure what changes they want. Lots of folks can’t agree on which changes would be best even if they know what they’d like to see. Most people, however, Obama supporters or not, seem to agree that a change of direction was needed. Many felt that the previous captain of the ship was enjoying the view, but not issuing many useful orders from the bridge anymore (if he ever did).
I personally don’t give a damn what party he’s in; I don’t care what color he is (although I understand the significance of that to many people). I always find it ironic (and this isn’t just a US thing) that some of those big political noises (politicians and media) that bang on the most about patriotism, always seem to put their party before country.
To those that want to trash him before he’s even started, simply because he’s not in your party (and partisan politics does way more harm than good in any case), at least give the guy a chance to succeed or fail.
Politics aside, though, I’d like to be able to be sitting here in four years time, and say that even though he’s screwed up a few things, he’s helped to turn the nation around somewhat, and that he did what he thought was best for the majority of Americans as a whole, and that above all else, he’s proven himself to be a person with decency and integrity, not just at home, but on the world stage too.
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I’m pretty much against big government. I think this country would do better to get back to the form of Government that the founding fathers intended, and butt out of interfering so much in everyone’s lives, with issues that really shouldn’t concern any level of Government let alone a Federal one.
Throughout this campaign, I’ve not been particularly inspired by either candidate. I’ve always been against partisan politics in any case – some members of both the major parties would vote for a goat if you put their parties badge on it.
Also, I have little time for, and little trust in, most politicians. Having said that, Colin Powell is someone I have respected and thought to be a person of integrity. As he, better than most – given his White House experience as Secretary of State – knows what it involves to be not only President but also Commander in Chief, this is a very powerful endorsement for Obama, and a stinging put down for McCain.