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Post-Inaugural Thoughts

22 Jan

gty_inaugural_ball_obama_caketop_nt_130121_sshAll men are created equal?

We’re dug in the deep the price is steep./The auctioneer is such a creep./The lights went out, the oil ran dry/We blamed it on the other guy/Sure, all men are created equal./Here’s the church, here’s the steeple/Please stay tuned–we cut to sequel/ashes, ashes, we all fall down. (via R.E.M.: “Bad Day”)

From the Capitol:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional, what makes us American, is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“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.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed. (via President Barack H. Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013)

I think I forgot to blog President Obama’s First Inaugural, and I didn’t vote for him in the 2012 general elections. The Inaugural spectacle is one of those discomfiting examples of why these united states sink to a reality that does its best not to ascent to the rhetoric of their citizens. “We, the People, in order to form a more perfect union…” Let’s not forget that, although Alexander Hamilton wanted to make George Washington an actual king – alright, elected monarch for life unless impeached by the Senate – and got the frostiest reaction from his fellow Convention delegates in Philadelphia imaginable, the notion of a ceremony and the need to surround the presidency with pomp didn’t repel many. Most of these aristocrats liked a little color and to step out for a party once in a while. These were the same firebrands orating apoplectically about Federal tyranny, because they opposed state governments having to pick up the tab for the wine. I think I forgot about the First Inaugural, the Second, and every other spectacle on that third January of the quadrennial, because I’m trying to stay true to the Preamble and the notion of equality.

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“The Lines of Tribes Shall Soon Dissolve”

28 Jan

(via the unapologetic mexican‘s “Obama Announces ‘Final Solution’ to ‘Indian Problem’

Russell Means insists he’s not overreacting to the line, “that the lines of tribes shall soon dissolve” in President Barack H. Obama’s Inaugural, when he views it as a call for genocide. It’s just another example of a person who isn’t impressed with President Obama’s “post-racial” vision for America. And then, there are others who didn’t get that “fuzzy feeling” to which they felt entitled from the Inaugural. It’s fitting Frum uses “deposit” for a metaphor. Means definitely doesn’t want a payoff, and I’m sure dealing in terms of money with opponents would anger him even more.

Obviously, one line in a speech will not ameliorate divisions in America.

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The Perfect Inaugural Editorial…From KCNA?

24 Jan

I would have never dreamed I would praise North Korean journalism, but this is a triumph of objectivity.

Barack Obama Takes Office as U.S. President

Pyongyang, January 21 (KCNA) — Barack Obama took office as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the Capitol building that day.

He made an inaugural address there.

If only American newspapers wrote editorials like this…alright, I’m being more ridiculous than a KCNA broadside, But, it’s hard not to appreciate how any possible point of controversy, including how many spectators came, or how many were domed not to arrive, is avoided. There isn’t even a comment on the speech. It’s either dismissive, as if belittling the occasion, oblivious, as if the editors didn’t know what they were dealing with, or just plain indifferent. But, it could also be an intentional design not to insult.

If American journalism were this compact and measured, it might just destroy what’s left of the industry.

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