I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.We celebrated King's birth yesterday (January 19) although his birthday was actually January 15.
Today, January 20, 2009, we celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama in his term as the 44th President of the United States of America.
As a Conservative American, I find myself less than entirely enamored of this president.
His politics are not only not conservative, but incomprehensible. At best, he can be said to be anti-Second Amendment. At worst, he is a Socialist.
What was his campaign platform? "Change!"
It's not uncommon for a candidate, especially a Democratic Candidate, to run on the platform that "I am Not The Last President", and while that is such a popular platform it remains uncommon for the sole plank to be "change". Usually, candidates are more specific about the changes they would make in the presidential administration. We did not see this in the latest Presidential Campaign.
The primary appeal for this candidate was his race. It is generally accepted that the impetus of his campaign was that he was Black, and his election would validate Dr. King's "Dream" speech.
In fact, Mr. Obama's election on the primary basis of his race is a direct refute of Dr. King's dream.
For any candidate to be elected on the basis of his race is NOT what Dr. King said would validate his dream.
Mr. Obama was elected not because of the content of his character, but because of the color of his skin. Given that his character was constantly assailed ... and the controversy was never answered by the Obama campaign ... it seems only logical to conclude that Race was the primary factor leading to his election.
I can only hope that the low expectations described by conservatives in this country are exceeded by Mr. Obama's performance.
I hope that he respects the Constitution.
I hope that he respects the traditional American values of Capitalism and a Free-Market Economy.
But I don't expect it.
I do, however, expect that these words will encourage his supporters to castigate me as a Racist, because I do not support this candidate on the basis of his policies (as nearly as we can interpret them, given the paucity of his platform definitions.)
I don't think I'm the racist here. I did now admire the Republican candidate's platform, either, but at least I had a good idea where he stood.
McCain was not an appealing candidate; Obama was not a candidate, he was merely an opponent. That should have given him the lead, but not by the margin recorded by the polls.
The single advantage to Mr. Obama's presidency is, that he will make Mr. George W. Bush look good by comparison.
Unfortunately, we must survive the next four years of the Obama Presidency, and the Republicans must field a legitimate candidate, to recover from this administration.