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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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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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