Today was, for me, a study in contrast. The second inauguration of a man hailed by many as a hero and the harbinger of hope and change. A Harvard man. The toast of Hollywood and Europe. Whipping up the kind of devotion and fervor among liberal Democrats that they abhor in conservative Republicans who wax sentimental over Ronald Reagan.
A man who has spent a lot of time hanging with dirty birds and funneling money to them. “You are known by the company you keep.” The Reverend Wright. Marxist terrorist types. Appointees to financial positions who couldn’t remember to pay their taxes. Fast and Furious types, etc. No way they can tarnish this man. He is the uber-Teflon President.
He moved to a great position of power in a relatively short period of time considering the gravity of the office. And in this person’s humble opinion has an under-appreciation for the weight, duty, and honor the office should carry with it. Today, he took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
On the day the nation honors this man, we have a holiday honoring a man who for all his human faults was more honorable and who paid the ultimate price to advance real hope and change. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -a true American hero if there ever was one. A man of conviction. A man of honor. He did not merely ask others to make sacrifices. He made them himself.
I have a dream that one day this nation’s leaders will not merely be judged by the color of their skin or for their political party affiliation, but by the content of their characters, and the consequences of their actions.