The theme for this inaugural you ask? "Celebrating Freedom, Honoring Service." The three candle light dinners, nine inaugural balls, big ass parade, and other fun stuff are all bracketed by a Military Gala on Tuesday, January 18th and a National Prayer Service on Friday, January 21st. I like that they're having a special "Commander-in-Chief Ball" for military folks just back from or soon to go to Iraq and Afghanistan. Why is everyone so hard on this administration anyway? Sure they don't have enough armored vehicles, but they are having a free dance for the soldiers. That's nice isn't it?
Maybe this year we will get an inaugural address as inspiring as that of 2000:
Where there is suffering, there is duty. Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens, not problems, but priorities. And all of us are diminished when any are hopeless.Because after all, it's so much harder to smite someone from the other side of the street.
Government has great responsibilities for public safety and public health, for civil rights and common schools. Yet compassion is the work of a nation, not just a government. [Read: "I don't know what the fuck to do about this stuff. Why don't you guys do something about it."]
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Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.
And I can pledge our nation to a goal: When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side.
I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well.I guess he's talking about the rapacious and genocidal values of our history not the liberty and justice ones, huh?
In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times.