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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama

A new President of the United States, Barack Obama was sworn in today for a 4 year presidency. The 44th President of this great nation.

I am not a huge Obama supporter .... These are my thoughts of the day .... they are not meant to offend anyone so if you can't handle my feelings -- do not read ahead and do not send me mean messages that will just get deleted. Basically - I don't care what others think. This is my blog, my thoughts and that is my right as a free human being.

I do support President Obama because he is my President of this great land. I will support him - until he gives me reason not to.

I have had feelings of dread all day long. I just can shake the sick feelings in my gut. I'm afraid ... I tend to over re-act and get scared easily. The problems during the election with Obama are still there for me. Where is his birth certificate? 20 years of Reverent Wright. Friends with several socialist. Going outside the US and bashing our country. Not wearing a flag and being embarrassed of the United States. Yes.... I am very scared.

I am tired of the love affair ... I am tired of people stating that they are proud to be an American today -- well what about yesterday and the day before that, the year before that?? I am tired of people making a big deal that he is black. I don't get that whole thing. I didn't get the whole thing when Halle Berry won an Academy Award - and the whole black thing. I just don't see the color thing. I never had. I love all people - it does NOT matter what color they are - it never has for me. There are good people and bad people of all colors. This whole black thing really really bugs me!!!!!!!!!!! I just can't handle it anymore!!!!!!

It makes me mad that school children were able to watch the inauguration during school. This has NEVER happened before. But it is special because of the love fest for Obama. He's just a man - it doesn't matter to me that he is a black man... All of a sudden it a big big big deal. All of a sudden people are proud to be an American. It makes me sick.

I have always been proud to be an American. I have always realized what a wonderful country we live in. I have always understood the free right to everyone to work hard, study hard and you can achieve all you want... I don't believe in handouts - for nothing. I believe in paying your own bills. I have been on public assistance before when I was a young single mom going to college. I worked and worked so that I could get off assistance. I hated it and only needed it for a short time (less then a year ) to take care of my son. I don't think the right thing is to have bail outs and hand outs to people who can work. I know that people are losing jobs and they need help until they figure it out and get another job. I don't think the hand outs should be long term - where people don't try anymore.

I am afraid that we will become a socialist/communist country. I am afraid that something will happen and we won't be free. I am afraid that the democrats have the house and senate. I am afraid. I don't hold out much hope that he will not attempt to do what he has stated: Redistribute the wealth. Rewrite the Constitution. Tax the American people into oblivion (the Bush tax cuts have expired . . . we just got an automatic tax hike. Dictate to Americans how they are to eat, dress and live. . . and so much more.

I will be open and hoping that he will be a great President and that things will get better for the economy and country. I hope our nation will continue to be safe. I hope that Obama will not make $8 gallon gas as he said during his campaign - which will KILL our nation as it did last year. I hope we will be able to keep the ability to own guns. I hope we will still remain free.

I hope................... and I pray that Pres. Obama will be wise in his decisions. I hope that he really doesn't hate white people. I hope ........ I hope ..... things will be OK during these next 4 years. I hope these feelings of dread will go away as he proves himself to me.

***** Here is his speech*****************

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Washington, D.C.
Barack Obama takes the oath of office and gives inaugural speech.

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expediency's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet (again, past words which have fallen from this man's lips make these words terrifying). We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the fire fighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

6 comments:

Ann Marie said...

Amen Sister!
I totally agree!

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

Such a brave post!! I am proud that we got a black president - so glad that we aren't racist anymore... I just wish It could have been a black president with a plan closer to my own... and without questionable credentials... My hope is that we will make it out of this recesion without making it worse first...

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

I pushed post without adding.. (or I don't remember if I added..) I support Barack as our president either way.... And am praying for the best!!

Cherie said...

Sondra I have thought about your post and finally this thought came to my mind.

If Mitt Romney had been elected President I am wondering what the day would have been like. The first Mormon President! Wow It would also have been a milestone and a historic moment and we would have been dang excited.

Also, if Hillary Clinton would have been elected - First woman President- that would have been and probably will be someday a historic moment.

I don't think it is necessarily just a black issue but I do think it is historic because it is a first, and any of the other situations would have also been historic firsts.

None of my kids got to watch the inauguration during school and I thought they should have been able to. I think no matter who is elected Pres. - Black, White, Mormon or Woman that it is just a historical moment in our country, and it is important, and the teachers missed out on letting the kids watch history in the making.

Sondra said...

Cherie, thanks for your comments. It does give me something to think about. I have a tough time really understanding the love affair because I have so many issues and concerns with him and what will happen to our country. I understand that a lot is riding on his success and hope that he will do the right thing. I'm just scared for our future with no opposition in our government with the majority of the democrates (I am a total republican / conservitive).

I can't get rid of the fear in my gut about this historic moment because he scares me. I keep asking Brady to do a guest blog about what he thought while watching it. Hopefully he will do it - for our own history. He thinks I am out in the night. LOL

I had to vent and express my thoughts. I feel like I need to be very prepared and ready for trials we will exprience that have been prophesized. We don't know when it will be - but if we become a socialist nation - I think it will be very bad. I don't want the government to rule my life or take away my rights. I don't want universal health care, I don't want to be taxed to death.

I may have a touch of winter blues and no sun syndrom. I am totally freaking out - LOL!! Anyway, thanks again for your comments.

Cherie said...

I understand where you are coming from because I am also totally Rep./Conservative too. When the campaigning was going on I thought of all the things you brought up. It is scary the possibilities.
The democrats always want to have a more socialistic government and it is a definate concern.
I think Hillary would have been way worse in that respect so I am really glad she didn't get elected.
I truly think Heavenly Father is still watching out for this country, this chosen land - There are still alot of good people in it.:)))

I agree though all we can do is wait and a watch and HOPE. I like HOPE. We need HOPE.

This weather is the YUCKS isn't it. We need a day of sunshine.

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