Like most everyone; I like to use the new year to take stock of my life and assess the the various paths available to me in the days, weeks and months ahead. I'd like to say that is what I have been doing for the past three weeks but the truth is I have just been goofing off and watching a whole lot of tv and movies on my new computer and if anyone knows of any good sites that provide links to free movies and tv, that info will be much appreciated. For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the
I am not amazed at the unbelievable hoopla that surrounded the inauguration of the president. I also find it difficult to say anything negative about the new regime without sounding like a party pooper. All recent world events and the inevitable debate and discussion of them has left me somewhat exhausted and frustrade at my inability to stay detached, logical and articulate about my thoughts and opinions. That is precisely why I spent most of my time watching HEROES and Scrubs, the 4400, Gran Torino, the Clone Wars and a slew of others. Are you still a couch potato if you are lolling around in a swivel chair instead of the family sofa?
I listened very carefully to what President Obama said in his inagural speech. His eloquence and timing is a wonderful break from the tedium and inanity of the past He was quite adept at admonishing the previous administration as well as the people and corporations of America without creating embarassement and showed true leadership with a calm and resolute demeanor. Yet I wonder if he has a plan to return a sense of civic duty to the republic. His massive plan of government intervention, economic, educational and ecological reform does not seem to contain provisions for the simple idea that you cannot continue to, pardon the expression, shit in your own backyard.
If America is expecting the government to make their businesses profitable; neighborhoods secure and drug free; schools safe and surrounded in an aura of education instead a miasma of confusion, if we believe that it will be the govt. that maintains the purity of our air and the protection of our wildlife lands and resources then we are surely setting ourselves up for a very large dissapointment.
Many Americans that I talk to often refer to their 'rights'. The right to bear arms and the right to arm bears. The right to effective, low cost medical care, safe drinking water and a good 10 cent cigar. While many talk of rights few words are spent on responsibility. I am not referring to finger pointing and the assignment of blame for all of your woes and sorrows. It was nice to hear the new president state:
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 firefighter'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.
The world is watching and waiting. I sure hope he's not all talk.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the