Barack Obama is out President-elect, taking office on January 20, 2009. We are then supposed to see him begin to implement the Change Agenda that his website has defined. All of it should become reality, unless they were either false promises, unworkable and impractical, or a private and secret agenda comes out and overrides it. Promises will be broken, and our job is to point them out, along with protesting evil and immoral promises kept.
This author pledges to produce an article every other weekend on these promises. Of course, until after January 20th, I can only deal with promises that he already could have fulfilled during the presidential campaign, or the impropriety of promises for the future.
Obama! You promised to quit smoking cigarettes, yet you admitted that you were still using the coffin-nails a couple of weeks ago on TV. Which of the promises you make will you keep?
On November 25, 2008, speaking in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to scour wasteful spending from the federal budget to help offset an investment in a huge recovery plan to jump-start the ailing economy, a pledge that he called part of his “mandate to move the country in a new direction.”
In August he pledged "I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less - because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy."
The American promise as "the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper". "That's the promise we need to keep," he continued. "That's the change we need right now."
I am a student of American history and I know that America is not built on dreams and promises like that. The premise is rather that created government for the purpose of protecting the rights of individuals to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That is not a promise from some mystical power, but a duty imposed by us on our government. Only that is what makes our government legitimate.
Your job, Obama, is to uphold the Constitution and ensure that those rights are indeed protected. It is not to change everything, let alone change the world. No more promises, just do it.
It is promises that have perverted this government into a grand thief who delivers what it thinks is for our own good, but pays for it by first dipping its hand in our pockets, burning over half of it before it gets spent on us.
I’ll be watching you. I will see you break these vows. I will hear you break your promises. And I will call you on it, as you borrow from the next generation instead of cutting wasteful spending.
You already broke one promise, that when you come into office you were not going to run Washington, DC with the old Washington crowd. And what do we behold as you line up your new cabinet? Washington, DC insiders by the dozen! Which promise is next to fall?
I will be hounding you, comparing what you said and wrote during the election campaign (summarized at http://change.gov/agenda/) with what you do and say later. I will call you on changes to the agenda, on dropping agenda items, on re-interpreting, twisting and distorting. And I will call you on everything coming from your administration that is irrational or which represents illegitimate government. I will demand to know where in the Constitution you got power to do the things you do.
[This is prologue to a multi-part article, possibly over 10 parts, to appear every two weeks]
[This writer is tired of this series. As of the 11th part, June 7, do not expect a new chapter every two weeks. My topics and the timing will vary after that date.]
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