Friday, January 21, 2005

The Inauguration

Yesterday was a great day for America and freedom loving people everywhere. The world witnessed the peaceful transition of power in the most powerful country on earth. The President was confident, the first lady was radiant and the crowd gathered in Washington DC was enthusiastic.

The highlight of the day was the President’s speech. It was a fantastic speech that outlined a vision, a hope, for future generations of Americans and for those who are now languishing in prison-like dictatorships. The speech will probably be known as the “Fire of Freedom” speech, and it will likely go down in history as one of the most important inauguration speeches in US history. Yes there are detractors on the right and the left. Those who are apparently unable to grasp the vision of the speech, those who understand the speech but feel that the United States should not be the country to lead the world to greater freedom, and those who feel the President should have concentrated on how the 3rd ID might secure the fourth sector of Basra before the Iraqi elections or the sins of the United States at Abu Ghraib, as if an inauguration speech is the place for that type of conversation.

The detractors from the left seem to be unable or unwilling to understand that the speech outlined a vision for the world more broad and more grand than the inauguration speech of their idol JFK. He was just as idealistic in his speech, but the left swooned when it was delivered by a man with a (D) behind his name. The detractors on the right come from the group of timid conservatives that seem to be unable to grasp political victory by the horns and not let go. Those who feel the role of a Republican majority should be not to offend. They have yet to realize that when victory is achieved the party must accept itself as the victor and lead the country, not play the ever so humble victor who feels lucky to be handed the reigns of power. The President understands that he was elected to lead and he understands that the United States has the obligation to lead at this time. Many apparently do not want to understand either of these facts. Maybe they simply do not have the vision it takes to understand what it takes to lead the free world at this time.

The President asked this question in his speech:

"From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?"

The questions has yet to be answered, and the answer will only become clear generations from now.

The President has a vision to lead the world toward freedom and make America more secure. The question is whether or not we as a people have the character to see that vision through.


More at RealClearPolitics and Hugh Hewitt.

By the way, for anyone out there wondering, I am officially back from my self-imposed two month news and blogging blackout. More on that later.