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Inauguration Day Thoughts

My thoughts during Monday's inauguration ceremony.

After placing the flag in its bracket on my front porch to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday, I started following the inauguration activities early this morning. CBS senior newscasters barraged us with inaugural esotery (i.e., it is 1.6 miles from the White house to that Capitol building, etc.), and presented excerpts from some of the more memorable speeches by FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, and Clinton. 

After being sworn in, the president delivered a thoughtful speech that centered on the promise of America to its diverse citizenry and how personal responsibility and commitment to that promise will carry our country forward. He touched on many topics. Energy independence, the effects of climate change, foreign crises present and future, the principles of justice and tolerance, and the need to continue forging ahead to ensure that we all have a voice and stake in the future of this nation, were some of the issues addressed. Afterward, I felt very happy that I voted for him again. He’s a good man. 

On a slightly sour note, except for those required by ceremony to be present, most current GOP officeholders and former president W were no-shows further underlining the dysfunctional climate in the capital city. Perhaps the days of the two-party system are numbered? Realignments within both parties suggest a nebula coalescing new sub-sets that will eventually become the parties of the future. To me, those new parties will be welcomed stars emerging from the dust.

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Liberty January 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
The sour note was him being sworn in again--a sad day for the country. And it's President George W. Bush, not "W."
Joseph Keyes January 22, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Mr. or Ms. or Miss or Mrs. Liberty (maybe you're not at liberty to say?), Your first sentence says a lot. I've always viewed inauguration day as a new beginning, regardless of who was sworn in. Believe me when I say that nothing gave me more pain then seeing W sworn in for a second term. But my attitude has always been "let's see what the person does." To my chagrin, W pretty much did what I thought he would do. On the other hand, Gov .Christie showed us leadership that we haven't seen on a state level for decades. Bully? Maybe. Cares about our state? Very much so, and that's what counts. So, be sad if you want to be, but for most of the country it was a very happy day indeed!
Hookerman January 22, 2013 at 08:14 PM
In Bush’s defense, he cited his father’s ill health as the reason he passed on the inaugural. This is understandable… even if Bush 41’s health is not that precarious, Bush 43 would probably feel guilty attending the festivities when his father is unable to.
Liberty January 22, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Hey Keyes--We already know what "this person" does, that's why it was a sad day. You must be referring to socialist countries as being happy--H is their friend. Who the hell was talking about Christie?!
Joseph Keyes January 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Ms. Van Nest, It would be better if you pray as hard for the president now that he has been invested for the next four years. He could use a lot more of that instead of the animosity he incurred during his first term. Remember the initiative to make him a one-term president? Of course you do. One of the most indignant (or lack of “class” ) gestures made during this campaign season was a defeated Romeny inferring that he lost the election because of promised “handouts” to minorities. He lost because he could not make his case to the ENTIRE electorate—all 100% of them. Please, do not stew in your disgust, but rather contribute in a positive way.
Joseph Keyes January 22, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Hookerman, like you, I can only guess as to why W missed the inauguration and have to accept the reason you cited at face value. Still, we are a nation that celebrates our peaceful transitions of executive power and shows that to the world by including ex-presidents My own opinion is that since his leaving office, W has kept a low profile on advice from his political advisors and we all would be best served if he continues to do so.
Joseph Keyes January 23, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Mr./Ms./Mrs./Miss (whatever) Liberty, Who’s talking about socialist countries? I brought up Christie as an example of how my prejudicial assumptions were overridden by his actions esp. during Sandy. Back on topic, every inauguration presents new possibilities, new agendas, and new ideas and that is why I’m happy with this president’s inauguration. You can continue to be as sad as you want or decide to face reality and get involved and present something positive, maybe even proactive?
Joseph Keyes January 23, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Mr. Nedd, I think that the President’s victory speaks for itself—the numbers are moot. Mr. Romney will become a political footnote, but it’s time to begin acting as a republic again. Divisiveness, name-calling, and old perceptions need to be discarded. The next four years present an opportunity to do just that. The urgency is readily apparent, but the will isn’t as much. That has to change.
Jerry Gordon January 23, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Joe Keys, you're a hypocrite, Obama is GWB's fourth term. More people have died under Obama in four years than under Bush in 8. Obama has renewed the patriot act, and is spending your grand children's future on entitlements, where's the outrage?
Joseph Keyes January 23, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Mr. Nedd, Far be it from me to lecture anyone on how to express themselves. Like you, I was a political candidate and like you (I’m sure), was “lectured” on what would work, what was correct to say, what was appropriate, etc., and like you, I spoke in my own voice, and made my own decisions. The point of my response involved moving forward. To do that, we have to get beyond divisive rhetoric and biased assumptions, and move toward a new America.
Joseph Keyes January 23, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Mr. Gordon, I can’t even pretend to understand your comments in relation to my original blog. I assume it’s some sort of visceral, preprogrammed response to any remark involving Obama, health care, human rights, or anything you perceive as not “one of ours.” BTW, my name is KEYES and I’m not a hypocrite (what ever brought you to the conclusion that I was?)
Joseph Keyes January 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Mr Nedd, 1. I have never had the privilege of serving, but look forward to such in the future. I voted for you when you ran (successfully) as an independent and (unsuccessfully) as a Democrat. I wish I had some of your advice when I ran as a Democrat, but pursuing such was discouraged. 2. The biased assumptions I refer to are held by both sides, and on many levels. While you pride yourself on facts and consequences, many do not. They act out of fear and accept preconceived philosophies. 3. A new America is definitely needed. The one that suits you “just fine” is an unsustainable.
Not Domino January 23, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Mr. Keyes (and Mr. Obama), Please note that the terms "forging ahead", "moving forward", and "moving toward a new America" are all figurative terms which sound nice but have absolutely no tangible meaning. In other words, they are 100% useless terms. If there is one certainty, it is change. Things change every day, everywhere. In fact, it's a law of physics. So every day, we already wake up to a "new America" that is substantially different from the one we had yesterday, in a virtually infinite number of ways. Yet one thing does remain constant - we are a nation of people, human beings, each with his/her own agenda, morals, goals, objectives, principles and values. If we all follow the same set of rules, everybody is (theoretically) (reasonably) happy. When someone starts deciding to ignore the rules, there is a branch of the government that is supposed to identify them, stop them, and punish them appropriately. When times get tough, lots more people start breaking the rules. That's where we are today. And the trend is going in the wrong direction. Giving free handouts to the people who are having a tough time is not a viable, sustainable solution. Providing an environment (i.e. a business climate) in which those people can find and take advantage of opportunities to become productive members of society under their own power IS a sustainable solution. Not only that, it makes for a happier populace, which will ultimately reduce the frequency of "rule breaking" going on.
Liberty January 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM
"Whatever Keyes"--I brought up socialist countries, they are happy H is still here because he panders to them. BTW--it was reported that only half as many people showed up on the Mall on Mon. as did in 2009. Guess not everyone's that happy.... And I certainly don't need your permission to be sad, or feel the country is doomed with H still in the WH. The only bit of light in all this gloom, is that we definitely know he will be gone in 4 years--less if we're lucky!
mrwilson January 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Mr. Keyes, I commend you for your speaking up about the tone of debate. It is this sort of behavior in office that saw Mr. Nedd voted off the Long Valley Council by the largest voter plurality of any municipal incumbent ever, anywhere, in the 168-year history of Morris County municipal elections. Now you see why.
Jerry Gordon January 24, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Nedd,That's because Clinton turned down the arrest and capture of Bin Laden in Yemen in 1996..
Jerry Gordon January 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Joe keys, Of course you can't begin to comprehend my comments because it would take moderate amount intellectual honesty, which you couldn't bear. Your blind support this president and your HATRED of the former president makes you a hypocrite. Thank God for the patriots in this country that have not been taken in by this president.
Liberty January 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Nedd--all you did was confirm what I said.
Liberty January 24, 2013 at 01:06 AM
BTW--the only reason BO's numbers were higher is because 2009 was the first year the Inaugural Committee opened up the full length of the mall for public viewing. So, half the numbers showing up this year is a statement by the American people. And, referring to your own words, Nedd, GWB had more people at his 2nd inauguration than his first. Ok, let's hear some more BS from you now......
Hookerman January 24, 2013 at 01:25 AM
The reason that Obama's numbers were so high in 2009 is because it was the first time in the history of the U.S. that an African American was sworn in as President. A once in a lifetime historical event tends to draw people.
Joseph Keyes January 24, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Jerry gordn, Even as your comments become ever more erratic and continue to beg for a point to be made, I can only assure you that I have no hatred for anyone. Thank God for that!
1819 January 24, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Republicans are out on a Monday trying to earn a living to support the fact that Obamanation is on the public dole. 47 million from 32 million on food stamps in four years. Feed me for four years and I'll show up to see Beyonce lip sync.
Joseph Keyes January 24, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Not Domino, please tell Domino that both of your commentaries are very important and both contribute much to Patch discussions. I wish you would emerge from anonymity and bring take ownership of your dialogue.
Joseph Keyes January 24, 2013 at 02:11 AM
mrwilson, thanks for your compliment. Speaking from experience, I have to explain that anyone seeking public office opens himself or herself to a new world of scrutiny. Mr. Nedd was no exception. Why does someone seek office? That is as complex as the person who does such. More of us should make the effort. The worst that can happen is you make new friends—or have to move to Hawaii (just kidding, Mr. Nedd!)
Jersey January 25, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I wasn't upset by Bush's absence given the medical situation his father is currently facing. I was, however, unimpressed with Romney's absence. I guess money doesn't buy class.
Joseph Keyes January 26, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Governor Romney lost the election and is now a footnote in history. His lack of presence at the inauguration is irrelevant.

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