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January 23, 2009

Obama’s inauguration

On Tuesday a black man, President Barack Obama, along with his family, walked into the White House not as a cook, butler or maintenance man but as our chosen leader — the leader of the free world.

It’s about time the United States can look the rest of the world straight into its collective eyes.

Alexis Barlows
Kansas City

As I wrote this, I watched the inauguration of the 44th president, Barack Obama. Typically I avoid politics. In fact, the rule in my house is that political talk is treated like fighting, mostly because the former leads to the latter. I don’t care if you do it, but take it outside.

Never before have I cared even a little bit about the inauguration of the incoming president. My political ambivalence and apathy are known far and wide.

Then it hit me. Obama could very well be the answer to America’s ills and sins. This could be the turning point for not only America, but for the entire world. This might be the single most significant political event of my lifetime.

Or, it could be business as usual and, once the “rock star” frenzy wears off, Obama will be one of “them:” a figurehead. A marionette whose every word, decision, and movement are controlled by the strings leading up to the hands of special interest groups and the runaway train named “American Politics.”

Only time will tell. Here’s hoping.

Scott Finazzo

I was a little more than chagrined Tuesday when, as former President Bush and his wife, Laura, were leaving, the crowd booed not only him but Laura. I thought that everyone was now working together.

This just proves two things to me:

There is still a lot of hatred in our country toward others who don’t think the same.

Anyone can disagree with former President Bush’s policies. However, to boo a person is showing the smallness of their minds.

Another perfect example was at a recent Ravens/Steelers game. A Ravens player was on the ground, and no one was sure if he was all right. The music continued to play, and people were still in a jovial mood and even booing some.

The lack of respect for other people and circumstances is what makes our country divided. I did not vote for President Obama, but as an American citizen I will do my best to uphold him in prayer and respect him as a person, even though I may not agree with some of his decisions.

I must respect him. He is our president.

Sharon Rust
Kansas City

It was a historic moment when President Barack Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th president of the United States. I am a conservative, and yet I found it to be a moment of excitement and jubilation.

However, his speech, which was advertised to be “one for the ages,” fell far short of that goal. It was more of the same campaign slogans and rhetoric. I did not feel that it was unifying or inspiring. It left me with the sense that the other party is now in charge. “We will do different and better.” We’ve already heard that.

The crowd’s reactions to former President Bush were the expected jeers. I don’t sense that we are at a new place in the political landscape, but I guess we’ll see.

As we watch, I will pray for President Obama and his administration.

Bill Thomas
Kansas City, Kan.



Crack does kill, too bad many of the users are subsidized by the taxpyers and endorsed by people like Pubic 17.


Popularity does not defy math and science.
I still can nt get over the craps tables at the casino this Friday actually having a wait to waste your money on lady luck.
Whether their revenues are down as a whole or not, how can so many thousands of people afford to spend even a dolar at the casinos if everyone is so broke. I always thought majority by definition was more than 8%.


“Some of you may remember that in my early days, I was sort of a bleeding heart liberal. Then I became a man and put away childish ways.” - Ronald Reagan


"crack kills"


“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”


“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”


“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

“Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it”


Jefferson did say that, Ford just used much like Big O steals thunder. He also said this:

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.'" --Thomas Jefferson: Note in Destutt de Tracy's "Political Economy," 1816. ME 14:466

"We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:39

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

It is surely time for men to think for themselves, and to throw off the authority of names so artificially magnified.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, August 4, 1820


Hey bonehead. Thomas Jefferson did not say "A government big enough ... etc." That was Gerald Ford in an Aug. 1974 speech to Congress.

But you rant wing pinheads never let the truth get in the way of a good story.



Sammy - you left out the best part.

"You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.


"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.."

- Thomas Jefferson"


A few days ago I wanted to hear from an African American who didn't vote for Obama. I got my wish. I thought I'd share:


"Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America."

"I cannot join you in your celebration. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival..."

"Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something!"



Now that you've come out of hiding, would you mind answering the question I asked that ran you off for days?


One of my favorite quotes from Ronald Reagan was the one where he was saying what a unique privilege and responsibility it is to be an American. I don't recall the quote exactly but in went along the lines of .....you can move to France but you can never become a Frenchman, only in America....kind of quote.

This country is very different than the examples you mentioned. When you put the melting pot together, JJ, I can agree to a certain extent with both you and the writing you commented on.


"It’s about time the United States can look the rest of the world straight into its collective eyes."

Finally the U.S. can join the overwhelming list of industrialized nations (Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Israel?? anybody?) who've elected minority races to the head of state.

... or are we once again the leader in the freedom category?


Actually President Obama is half negro and half caucasian. We will see what we see.
It is rather hypocritical and ignorant to make a statement and guarantee such as "lower energy costs" while at the same time promising to target and eliminate the coal industry. That shows his total lack of knowledge in that area. He should stick to global abortion funding, that was the top priority when he took office.


There is no media bias:

2 million is a lie.


I put a link on here of a liberal news service so you will believe it.

All of this while the annual March for Life in Washington DC was claimed to have several thousand marchers by the USA Today. This was later altered to be it's true amount of several hundred thousand marchers.

I wouldn't put a whole lot of credence in to anything the mainstream media feed you over the next year or so until the love affair with Obama ends.

FYI, a critical media plays a huge part in the makeup of our country. Bush faced dissent with every decision. Obama is not going to face that type of scrutiny. That is a fact that should be very disconcerting to even the most liberal members of our society. For years we heard about facism and the Bush regime. I'd say that we have a much greater chance of slipping into that now than any time in recent history.

I'm sure I'll get alot of the typicals having an issue with this letter. The difference is that I didn't believe what the media was giving me in the last administration either. You lap dogs are the drones.


I find it a bit ironic that the Messiah spoke of personal responsibility moments after the hoodlums booed Bush and before they trashed our nation's capital.


"Least popular outgoing President in history."

As we've already discussed, this is a lie. According to Gallup (which is widely recognized as one of the most consistant polling organizations and has one of the longest histories), Bush left office with an approval ranking equal to that of Carter and greater than that of Truman or Nixon.

You can't choose to use Gallup's historic polls for previous presidents and cherry-pick a different poll for comparison purposes and expect your argument to be valid.


“Obama could very well be the answer to America’s ills and sins. This could be the turning point for not only America, but for the entire world. . . Here’s hoping.”

Hoping? The force is weak in this one.

Pub 17

Least popular outgoing President in history and most populat incoming President in history. It'll be an interesting spring.

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