- Peace Garden: Points scored - wishing for more

Points scored - wishing for more

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama inaugural speech

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.
Really paints a picture of the problems but also the causes - our policies and our leaders.
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.
Let's hope Obama's promises are not false - the promises he ran on during the primaries.
We will restore science to its rightful place...
We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.
Double yeah!!!
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
Finally, a hand extended in peace.

Of course I would have loved to to have heard:

  • I pledge to prosecute W and Uncle Dick for war crimes.
  • I will end the wars immediately.
  • I was only kidding with the Gates and Clinton nominations.
  • I nominate Al Gore to head up a Global warming task force.
  • I will only rely on the counsel of one former President - President Carter.
  • I declare the creation of a Peace Department Cabinet Post headed by Congressman Kucinich.
Hey, why not?

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