Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I know this isn't a political blog, but what is more important than what we all witnessed today?
Not only has America sworn in her first black president ... displaying, for the world to see, how far along we have come as a country. It would be naive to say that race wasn't an issue, but I'd like to think that people looked past color to see a truly great candidate. A smart, ambitious and visionary man who will do what he can to turn our nation around.
I've never been one to say I'm ashamed to be an American. Whenever outside the country, I state my nationality with pride, (And punch in the mouth any American that pretends to be Canadian. Savage, savage, people.) However, I have not been proud of our government over the last 8 years.
Sure, Bush has not been a COMPLETE failure. As he has stated, there were no more terrorist attacks on American soil after 9/11. It could be argued that he kept us safe. And unlike my beloved Bill, he was never caught with his pants down.
Unfortunately, his domestic policies have been a mess. The economic stimulus and bailout programs he signed were unsuccessful and not well-planned. The damage he has done to environmental policies have been shameful, especially what he has tried to get passed in the last few months of his office. (Such as the government no longer needing to consult with outside scientists to gauge the environmental impacts of new industrial plants.)
"No child left behind" has led to ill-prepared children advancing through school. Americans' education has long been a punchline around the world, he's only made it worse. Even Poland points and laughs at our children. And they're Polish.
But here it is, January 20th ... and as of 12:01 today, for the first time in 8 years, I feel truly represented by my government.
Some words of advice to Barack:
Keep your pants on. Continue using the English language correctly. Keep your daughters out of the bars til they're 21. Don't lie about why you want to go to war. If some one organizes an attack on our soil, don't outsource his capture. Keep religion out of the lawmaking process. Don't become a corporate puppet. And most importantly, Don't let Biden go hunting drunk.
Thank you, President Obama, and good luck.