Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is
actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to
our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the
field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What
would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased
at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not
what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me
28 January 2009
THINKING ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT
As the readers of this blog well know, I have been a supporter of Barack Obama for what has been called "the worst job in the world. I am glad he won, not only because the alternative choice completely lost my respect, but also because I think he is a good man with a lot of potential.
He has started out OK, I think. He has ordered an end to torture as a questioning tool (India, are you listening?), he has ordered Gitmo closed within a year (a year is too long) and he now permits states to be tougher on auto pollution than the federal standards (HURRAY!).
If he can maintain a modicum of humility and keep his integrity intact, I believe he will be a great leader and one of the greatest presidents. If not, I fear he will become a demagogue and maybe, a dictator.