Today’s inauguration went off with pomp and circumstance which has not been seen in the world since the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Just as when these two were married, the sky seems to be the limit. How could anything ever go wrong? Everyone, it seems, is smashing themselves together with the sole aim of showing their support for a new messiah…, I mean president.
I, as most good Americans that voted for someone other then Obama (I am not saying you are a bad American I you voted for Obama), will support him as the elected leader of our country, and hope that he leads us well as a nation. I am struck with the fear that he will appoint several young, liberal Supreme Court justices in his first year, and then follow in Clinton’s footsteps and expand the use of executive orders, thus legislating from the desk (oval office).
As far as the honeymoon goes, I hope Obama is ready. Of course, the Republicans in Congress will be looking for anything and everything to criticize. I look back on Clinton’s presidency and remember how ashamed I was when Republicans refused to support the use of force to stop the genocide that was happening in Bosnia. If Obama looks to the right for support, he will get none. This, I think, is expected.
What will be unexpected will be that the first shots will come from his own supporters. In a few months, as he begins to face the reality of what withdrawal from an instable Iraq means to international peace, he will stall the withdrawal, and former supporters like Cindy Sheehan will draw first blood. This, however, will only be the beginning.
Guantanamo will be another place where former supporters will turn on him. It cannot be shut down. Even if we decide to put all the detainees on trial, it will take years perhaps even a decade to hear them all.
The environmental movement will be even worse. These people have lived their lives blaming the U.S. and lack of government intervention for every problem that they can conceive (and I do mean conceive). The point is that in these economic times, it will not benefit Obama to hop on board with a bunch of wealth sapping green ideas, and he won’t. Their expectations will be through the roof, and he will be able to deliver even less than he probably wants to.
Eventually, all of these and other special interest groups will realize that they are getting little more with Obama than they had with Bush, and then they will re-arm themselves with the only real weapon that they have, blame. Unfortunately, for Obama, the there will be no one else to blame but him.
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