Inauguation Day 2009

I normally do not blog political stuff on my normal blog, and likewise do not blog personal stuff on my political blog. Today is a little different as I ponder the last 8 years with President Bush, and contemplate the next four (at least) with President Obama. Now, if you are reading this and have read any of my other posts elsewhere, you already know that I am a textbook conservative republican. That being said, I still have an open mind and hope you will continue reading without closing your own.

First, I would like to say “Thank You!” to President George W. Bush. You have done a remarkable job in the presidency. You showed the true marks of a leader as you took a crippled country into your arms and helped us back to our feet after the attacks of 9/11/01. You unified a nation under one cause as you petitioned Congress to deal a hefty blow of retaliation to those who attacked us. The declaration of war was ratified by Congress, and we secured for ourselves the freedoms we so enjoy for yet another time. Unlike those in the country that place a blame upon you for your decisions, I commend you for your bravery to look those who oppress us in the eyes and stand firm in the ideals of Freedom which we hold so dear. I thank you for the leadership and the tough decisions that you have had to make. I will not criticize you for making mistakes as we are all human and are prone to error. Even though those in the media and, most importantly, in the Democratic party were busy pointing fingers at you for the mistakes which all humans are faulty of, I applaud you for continuing to do your job the best you could with the information provided to you. I commend you for your bravery, yet again, as you stood before the world as a man and accepted their putrid words as they openly displayed their disgust with no thought that behind the office is a man, who like any of us, is guilty of imperfection. I applaud your character, I salute you and I stand behind you as any true American should! Your work is finished, welcome back to the life of a private citizen!

I would like to direct my words now to President Obama. President, I wish you good luck in your new job. The office of the President of the United States of America is held by the both the most loved and the most hated man in the world, for they are one and the same. I do not hate you. I do not know you and am unqualified to pass that judgement at this time. I do not love you either, for I do not know your history or background, nor do I have any idea what you are capable of. You are now in the position where people will look up to you with the utmost respect, waiting on bended knee to do your bidding. Likewise, the position now where people will hate you merely because you are of the Democratic party or because of your office. I am merely one voice in the sea of citizens, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I have to admit that I do not agree with some of your policies.

For example, it makes me sad that you are willing to pass laws that allow doctors to kill precious viable children. My daughter was born severely premature yet viable at 25 weeks gestation. She is now 4 years old and healthy, and she will one day grow up to be a voting citizen. Your views on late term abortion as well as your controversial stance on partial-birth abortion crosses the line to infanticide and, is therefore no different than other dictators and tyrants who believed on social cleansing. Your stance promotes fornication as it gives those who get pregnant out of wedlock a means of escape if they themselves are not ready for the responsibility of being a parent. There are many voters out there who believe that a strong stance against abortion, and passing laws that prohibit doctors from breaking their Hippocratic oath (“I will do no harm”) would help reduce the number people engaging in fornication and pregnancies out of wedlock. But who am I to suggest how anyone should lead a country. I am only one voice.

Other policies and views that you have I do agree with, such as your views on energy. I recognize the need to develop alternate, renewable fuels as well as devise ways to be self sufficient with respect to energy. Our enemies and allies both have a strong hold over us as our way of life is dependent upon the raw materials we get from them. I am interested to see how you handle this. Also, I agree that health care needs a reform, but socialized health care will do no one any good, just look at the Canadians and their health care. If there were a happy medium between what Canada has and what we have, then I say we should shoot for that, but again, I am not qualified to make that decision.

In closing, Mr. President, I do not envy you with the huge burden with which you have asked to be given. I am one citizen who will be watching your decisions and the way you choose to lead this nation. And, as an American Citizen, and we have collectively elected you as our leader, it is my duty and responsibility to respect you and support you to the best of my abilities. So, As a republican, I vow now to give you at least the same level of respect and courtesy that the Democratic party showed to Mr. Bush.