Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

The Inauguration: a turning point

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Regardless of who you voted for, today is a historic day in America's history. It marks the first time in our history that a person of color was elected as president. In that, I can be glad because it proves the American dream. It will also make a future candidacy for men like Bobby Jindall or Michael Steele easier.

Obama's presidency also marks a turning point in America's history. Will President Obama turn from his extremely socialist rhetoric of the campaign and settle into the reality of governing, or will he take our country in a new direction.

Will Obama revise the very premise of America? That instead of our country giving an individual the right to try and providing the opportunity and freedom to succeed, we will become country where people believe they have the right to sick days, free health care, stimulus checks, college, hand outs, etc.?

This week "Obama urged his countrymen to unite in a new "Declaration of Independence" from bigotry, small thinking, prejudice and ideology." I thought most of that ground was already covered in our original Declaration of Independence:  

...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

As for independence from ideology, or as the word is defined, from "philosophy, beliefs, principles, thought, ideas, creed, dogma" etc. I don't want to declare my independence from my belief that America is a nation blessed by God, a country where "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Obama's statement makes me uneasy, "What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives -- from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry -- an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels." (I don't quite understand the appeal to "our better angels"; I do understand appealing to God.)

Hopefully his statements were just him saying nothing and getting caught up in the words. Time will tell.

I'm going to go turn on the TV now to watch the proceedings. I remember the Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. Clinton, and Bush inaugurals. I'll watch parts of this one too. Today is history in the making. The world watches our peaceful transfer of power in wonder. America still is the land of opportunity.

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