"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Now, when people say we should do away with inauguration ceremonies, they are only talking the uppity ones, right?
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
it has been an interesting thread to read. you can pretty much tell which posters voted for the other guy...
I marvel at the angry old white guys contingent. First they whine because 'immigrants' (that would be the ones not from Northern Europe) are not adopting the 'culture' of our nation. And now they attempt to mock someone they see as doing just that! Then they wonder why they are marginalized and ignored????
Now the re-election Inauguration IS smaller than the first one. The first crowd was the biggest ever on the Mall, this one the 4th largest. Instead of 11 balls I heard there will be 2.
Those who claim to be so jaded with the Inauguration and its pomp and circumstance forget who is doing it, and how many times it has been done.
If you can put aside your political bitterness you have to admit a few facts. This is the Greatest Nation on the planet officially swearing in its leader. The Leader of the Free World. The Leader of the most powerful nation on the planet. Try and let that percolate passed the political bias.
This event has happened under 60 times since George Washington. 60 times the Presidency has passed PEACEFULLY in a nation that rose from backwater to global superpower. This isn't just for us, it showcases the nation and it's government to the world.
I can see how some don't like to celebrate, I don't do New Years, but I'd say those are a very few when it comes to the Presidency. Would be nice to archive this thread in a real handy place for when the 'other guy' wins and has his ceremony...
Peaceful transfer of power is great, a truly ground breaking ideal at the time. But that's also part of it is this powerful notion of not having a sovereign. The government serves the People, not the other way around. If you want to talk about a showcase of America and what we do and what we believe in, our continued military intervention in the world for decades speaks louder than our President being sworn it.
President is not King and we shouldn't treat him as one. The fanfare we seemingly have over this is reminiscent of England's fawning over their royalty. President is just a dude, another American ideal.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Last edited by Gina; 01-21-13 at 02:36 PM.