It’s been a while since I’ve updated this ticker. And it remains completely arbitrary, of course. But with a new administration taking hold of the reins, it’s time for some (cautious) optimism about the restoration of the Republic. I have genuine high hopes for Barack Obama and his people. I think this is a smart, dedicated man who “gets” America — not the stupid rah-rah of the Bush years, but a deep and abiding commitment to the principles of this great nations — the principles that, in fact, make this nation great.
On the other hand… only 50%? But yes, there are still the forces of malice and stupidity. Over a quarter of the population somehow thinks the 43rd President did a good job. Nearly 20% believe Saddam Hussein sent the 9/11 highjackers! The Republicans are licking their wounds, but they’re not reforming. We face a financial and economic criss of literally once-a-century severity, with a significantly weakened industrial and social base from which to launch a recovery. We are still embroiled in two wars which appear intractable, and we still do have people out there hoping to cause us real harm. And we’ve got all the long-lasting pernicious effects of the Bush administration — from torture to spying to “burrowing” — to overcome.
So, here’s a glass lifted in celebration and anticipation of you, President Barack Hussein Obama. Good luck and godspeed.
Now, let’s get to work.