Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My President

so, I had been mentally preparing a blog entry for tonight -- a lengthy post saying "it's all downhill from here."

not pessimism, but two thoughts I wanted to share:

(1) the seeming impossibility of the president satisfying the optimism and hope that he elicited, developed, fostered, and [arguably] exploited. Optimism that he earned, but can't satisfy; and

(2) it's downhill because, to me, he is no longer hope -- he is The Man. Not in a good way; he is the authority of the state, and the chief executive. I believe that our country rests on the premise that leaders are to be questioned, and we have flourished when we are incredibly skeptical of that authority, and challenge it at all times. Challenge it to prove to us that it's actions and philosophies are right.

Then, less than ten minutes after becoming president, the guy acknowledged my religion in his address. Rather than marginalizing and criticizing and "tolerating" me, he included me, meaningfully.

So, for tonight, I would give the guy a reacharound and elect him Emperor of the Universe, if I could.

Of course, it's still all downhill from here . . . .


Anonymous said...

I don't know if it is all downhill, but I too raised my arms in the air and shouted "yes" to being included rather than excluded as a non-believer. I think it was the first time ever in an inauguration speech.

Sir George Martin said...

I too raised my arms in the air and shouted "yes" to being included

I was watching the inauguration around other people, and I shot my fist in the air. As I related the event to fellow atheists at an AA meeting: "I was like a Steelers fan, only more so."