I think the Obama inaugural is worth at least one more day’s commentary. But I’ll let the cartoonists carry most of the weight today. For instance, we all know the president takes his oath of office while putting his hand on the Bible. According to one cartoonist, perhaps this should have happened at that moment:
It didn’t. God rarely makes such a dramatic gesture; He prefers we figure it out because, frankly, it shouldn’t be that hard. All one has to do is look at Obama’s actions for the last four years. If we’re so comatose not to be aware of his attitude toward the rule of law, we deserve to suffer the consequences.
The speech itself also has generated commentary for its unabashed and unapologetic liberal/progressive nature. Again, why would anyone be surprised? When some were saying Obama would tack to the center to get support for Obamacare and other initiatives, I never bought it. He is too ideological for that. He boldly ventured where few publicly dare to go:
He’s also quite adept at appearing to venerate American tradition and reverence for the Founding. But if you listen closely, you realize he’s uprooting those principles, replacing them with an opposing ideology:
One of his points, in passing, was the importance of reasoned debate and how we all should refrain from name-calling. Are we really that absent-minded with respect to his own conduct?
In the entire speech, there was not one word about the danger of the mountain of national debt he has accumulated. He’s not really all that concerned about it. One of his mentors, economist John Maynard Keynes, who was largely responsible for convincing politicians that government spending was the pathway to prosperity, once famously [or infamously] remarked about his lack of concern over debt, “In the long run, we are all dead.” In other words, don’t worry about it—we all die anyway, so spend to the hilt.
The biggest problem with that scenario is that future generations will have to deal with what we’ve done. They will be stuck cleaning up the mess.
That’s the height of irresponsibility. That’s the kind of president we have.