This is the point where I am suppose to write an Inauguration is the pinnacle of our republican government, the orderly transition and continuation of power. While this may be true, however, this is not a 5th grade civics class if they even teach civics anymore is school.
Mr. Obama will thank everyone, say how far the country has come after being ruined by President Bush and mention a few things that need to be done. These would include more investment (aka spending) on education, job training, renewable energy, wipe guns out of America, amnesty for illegal aliens, defend us from evil, (however he views it) and a few other matters. He will say he is ready for a balanced approach, will work with the opposition and change Washington. The latter is, of course, hogwash but I am sure he will read his lines well.
It will be a day of reaffirmation for his believers and followers. A day, perhaps, 9 months ago was in doubt to happen. For those that are did not support Mr. Obama it is a day to wish the President well and then move on to other things.
I view the Inauguration in a different light, as just another day of feckless leadership on the part of those who the country has trusted to govern. Governing after all is setting the rules, which we can all live together, provide for our lives, give some meaning to our existence. However, this will be another day of phony smiles and another day where the government spends about $ 4 billion it does not have. It is another day forward to the point of no return, when the international threat and fiscal dilemma created by our leaders causes actions that will be incredibly disruptive and painful for the country.
Taking a sobering approach, there is no reason to celebrate unless you hope or believe the current course of events is the right course. I am concerned about two overarching issues if the current course goes on. The first one is Iran and its’ development of nuclear material will force Israel to create a stir the likes not seen since World War II. The second is the continued growth of government funded by borrowed money, which erodes the freedom of the individual and will eventually crash around all of us.
I do not believe Mr. Obama possess the will, the foresight, the desire or the ability to address these concerns. Unfortunately, I do not find anyone or institution that can possibly influence or change events to come given the polarity in the country and in government. In this case, I hope I am proven to be wrong.