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    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Early Thoughts on the Obama Presidency

    Two things have come up recently in a number of other blogs that I want to comment on.

    The first is a series of pictures of Iranians burning pictures of President Obama. They've come up on a number of "conservative sites" that I frequent (as well as the few "liberal sites" I check). These were standard fare during the last 8 years, but they still pissed me off every time I saw it. What was worse was the response from many of his fellow Americans. Many people tried to justify the actions, and some people even mimicked them during protests and rallies. Now that the target of hate has changed, I'm still pissed off. I may not agree with him on many issues (I'll get to that in a second), but he's still the leader of my country and a fellow American. Fortunately the sites that have posted these images have also condemned them, something I wish the Liberal sites I read would have done over the past 8 years.

    Now, to some early complaints. Awhile back, I think over at The Corner they had a discussion about the difference between conservative love of country, and liberal love of country. I think these generalizations are often very wrong, and at the time I didn't give it much merit. However, someone said that the difference was that 'conservatives love their country for what it is, what it has been, and despite its faults, while liberals love their country for what it could be'. America would be great, if only we elected Senator Obama. America would be great, if only we had universal health care. Again, I have enough liberal friends to know that this characterization is not true. However, I continually get the impression that it fits for President Obama. Throughout his campaign he talked about fundamentally changing America. More recently, on his (very humble) train trip to DC he said at one stop that "we need a new Declaration of Independence". I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that much of this is just his normal aggrandized rhetoric, but it really rubs me the wrong way. I don't think there's anything wrong with the fundamentals of our country, and I don't think we need a new Declaration of Independence. We may need to change some details, but I love my country the way it is.

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