The Arizona Desert Lamp

Inauguration Day

Posted in Politics by Evan Lisull on 20 January 2009

St. Obama Candle

So, this is happening. As you might imagine, the Desert Lamp is not quite as adulatory as the average media outlet. I’ve got a guest column in the Wildcat today, which I can assure you is the only column to reference both the “Cha Cha Slide” and French Arcadia in the same piece. Meanwhile, Connor has posted some of his thoughts over at his personal blog, which are well worth the reading. Laura Donovan has also chimed in, taking note of the event’s price tag.

I have some additional addenda to add to my own piece, after the page break. Before that, though, be sure to read these pieces.

1. Much of my piece is spent deriding the idea that Obama is some revolutionary, apolitical Saint of Change coming out from the skies to redeem American politics. However, the fact nothing much will change is in itself a blessing. Much of what has made America so great is the fact that it has had few radical changes. We are among the youngest nations, but our government, based on the Constitution ratified in 1789, is the oldest constitutional republic in the world. Continuity is highly underrated.

2. But as far as continuity is concerned, it also means that we do not simply suspend our previous skepticism, and we do not cease questioning. Since the government really has not changed — it is the Obama Administration, not the Obama Government — 0ur government has not changed. There’s lot of talk about a “grace period,” but this requires pretending that everything has changed. I think, regardless of your affiliation, you can agree that it has not; hence, business as usual.

3. I like the guy, on a very personal level. He obviously thinks, considers, is able to intellectually spar. Yet I think a clear line needs to be drawn between personal affection and political considerations. I have many great friends who would be atrocious politicians, and Tom Coburn doesn’t exactly strike me as a very cool person, his political merits aside.

4. All this being said, it is a good thing to watch the end of the Bush era, if more than a bit surreal. I’m extremely dismayed by the level of Bush apologia already taking place amidst the conservative blogosphere, which does not bode well for the future of the Republican party.

Thanks to Boing Boing for the delightful picture.

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  1. benjaminvallen1 said, on 20 January 2009 at 8:30 am

    Absolutely. That’s spot on.

  2. serendipity hopeful said, on 20 January 2009 at 8:32 am

    As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/inauguration-and-high-hopes/

    Keep the hopes alive.

  3. Laura Donovan said, on 20 January 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I agree most with your third point. Your column was excellent, by the way. You’re right that it was time for the Bush era to end. Republican candidates have a long way to go before being considered again.


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