Robert's Random Ravings

President Obama – So Help You G-d

Hope and Progress

This week, we here in America and interested parties all over the world got to witness history being made. The United States swore in its first African-American President. This is certainly an exciting time in America.

Click here to watch the Inauguration Speech, as posted on the White House Web Site.

There is a spirit of enthusiasm and excitement over the potential of the next 4 years (and beyond) while we wait and see what the administration of Barack Hussein Obama will really be like.

Up to now, it has only been talk. “We plan to…” “We hope to…” “We expect to…” It is easy to say you are going to do something. It is much harder to actually do it.

These are scary times for the US and the rest of the world. We are still involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is a significant energy crisis – and we all saw how quickly things changed when the price of oil spiked to $150 a barrel, causing gasoline to top $4 a gallon in the US. We are damaging our environment with pollution. Our economy is in shambles. Home prices are dropping like a rock. The American Dream is on shaky ground right now.

There is still an ongoing crisis in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors (almost all of which have sworn to see the complete destruction of Israel).

There is still genocide and ethnic cleansing occurring in Darfur and Zimbabwe and other regions of the world. There are still millions of people that are hungry and homeless.

President Obama is taking the reins at a time when this country is very divided – he may have a party majority in both the House and the Senate, but that does not mean that Congress will just hand him everything he wants. Nor should it.

Our system was designed as a three branch system so that each branch will keep the other branches accountable.

Yes We Can!

It was a beautiful thing to watch the pageantry of the Inauguration and the Parade and the various Inaugural Balls afterwards. Showing the world how the peaceful transition of power is possible, even when the parties involved have very distinct differences. President Bush was very gracious throughout the ceremonies, even when he was called out on his policies by the incoming President. This is what our country is all about.

Differences of opinion – discussing a situation and coming to a reasonable conclusion as a result of learned discourse – this is one of the things that makes our country great.

While I may not agree with everything that President Obama does, or the people he has chosen as advisors, I am cautiously hopeful for our future. I see a man that is willing to do what it takes to “save” this country. I see a man that is ready to change the “business as usual” money machine that has been the US government into an entity that is really and truly by the people and for the people.

I know that I will have disappointments over the next 4 years. It is impossible not to. But I am willing to give this President a chance. He was not my first choice, but I did vote for him. And even if I had not voted for him, he is my President. May G-d bless him as he leads this nation, guide him to the proper path and save him from any and all that wish him or our country harm.


01/22/2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Excellent! What I like the most about your article is that it is well balanced–which is quite refreshing in this time of media lunacy.

    In spite of the title “Robert’s Random Ravings”, this is well thought out and makes sense—also quite refreshing.

    I too am cautiously hopeful.

    Comment by SHOSHANA MAMA | 01/23/2009 | Reply

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