Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Post for a New Era

The new era of change has begun for America. Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the United States. So far his administration seems more balanced than I expected it would be. His words more moderate. There may be a whole bunch of Democrats who are worried that they didn't elect who they thought they did and a whole bunch of Republicans wondering why they were so scared of this guy. As an unaffiliated, self-described moderate and political pessimist I'm thinking things seem to be going pretty well...but it's early and only time will tell. There's a whole lot of stuff that needs to be cleaned up. That's not a statement against the previous administration as much as it is a statement about how the world has been thrown into chaos over the past decade. It's a very different world.

It's funny listening to some of my conservative friends who are already grousing about the amount of money spent on the inauguration. I'm pretty confidant the Republicans would most likely have spent just as much if McCain would have won the election. Personally I'm disgusted by the amount of money thrown around by everyone involved in our most recent election. Just think what good that money could have done for the AIDS orphans in Africa or fighting preventable diseases that kill children all around the world. How much food would we have been able to provide for the starving? At least our new President said he is going to help.

"To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it."

Amen to that. 

The new White House website declares "Change Has Come to America." I sure hope so. 

Most of all, I hope it's a change for the better.

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