what it actually means, a week later

inauguration

Repeat after the Evil:

“Disasters might befall this country. They might be inevitable. But as of noon on January 20, 2009, I am no longer afraid that those disasters will issue from the highest office in the land.”

I.e.: breathe deep, America. You no longer have to live in fear of waking up to discover we’ve just invaded Iran.

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Friend of Evil Vic dropped some Langston Hughes to celebrate the event. Evil’s favorite lines:

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet

And yet must be

We Americans are the chosen people—the only chosen people—not because some higher power chose us, but because we chose ourselves. Because we are the only people who have ever chosen to be more than a people . . . a tribe, a faith, a race, this or that king’s men. We are all people, all tribes, all faiths, all races.

We succeed as no other nation has ever succeeded—we fail as no other nation has ever failed—because the very fabric of our national identity challenges us in a way no other nation has ever chosen to challenge itself. Because we are the only nation that conceived of itself as an obligation, a series of hurdles, of mountains to climb. The only nation with an avowed goal greater than base survival.

*     *     *

. . . That said, we are a nation festooned with articles, essays and blog posts bearing titles such as “President Obama: The First 100 Hours.” Each one a tidy little reminder that we’re still in trouble—not because of welling cataclysm, but because we are damnably impatient.

It’s gonna take money . . . a whole lotta spendin’ money.

It’s gonna take time . . . a whole lotta precious time.

As French foreign-policy analyst François Heisbourg said of W’s Iraqi adventure: “Digging a deep hole doesn’t put you in a position to ask others to jump into it.”

But that’s where we are and what we’re having to do now.

Recalling the ancient proverb/curse: “May you live in interesting times.”

Cheers, America.

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2 thoughts on “what it actually means, a week later”

  1. I really like this article, but it seems to me were both patient and impatient, but about the wrong things. We have no appreciable attention span or long-term memory to speak of (thanks a lot, Sesame Street), so if things like economic recovery don’t happen yesterday, we blame whoever happens to be handy at the moment. But on the flipside, we wait with the patience of zen monks through four… Scratch that! EIGHT years for a “moment of accountability” to arrive, as the closest thing to a fascist dictatorship this country has ever seen, led by a certifiable cretin and his evil reptilian overlord, progressively destroy everything this country used to stand for before kicking the bums out, and we’re still dragging our feet on the war crimes trials already!!! If this were virtually any nation south of here, their heads would have been impaled on stakes at least six years ago.

    But I digress.

    America, city of dreams! We drive on highways of fire! Etc.

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