Friday, December 12, 2008

Wear RED on January 20, 2009

To be sure, the approaching inauguration of Barack Obama will be an event laden with considerable import. As an African American, I am more than aware that, even a mere four years ago, it would have been beyond the imagination of most that a black man would seriously contend for - let alone win - the office of President of the United States. And considering that during this interregnum, the transition of power between parties and presidents has been nearly flawless, Americans of all races and ethnicities will have much to celebrate on January 20, 2009.

But my joy - and that of countless Americans I suspect - is bittersweet, an exultation commingled with sadness. Surely, I do not rejoice with the Left over our country's march towards socialism at home and appeasement abroad. Moreover, I find little to commend a President-elect who promises to meet with our enemies without preconditions, has consorted with both foreign and domestic terrorists and has maintained other dubious associations, was wrong about the most significant military/foreign policy undertakings in recent years, is at best indifferent about the rights of the unborn, intends to spend his way out of the recession that his party (almost) single-handedly created and who has heretofore conducted himself as something of a flake. Such is hardly the resume of a president destined for greatness.

I freely admit to being conflicted. I continue to respect the office of the president, while having something less than adoration for its future occupant.
A worthy point - namely, that Americans can be united in support of our ideals without vouching for a man who stands ready to endanger those values - deserves to be made at this juncture. But as a Republican, I am by constitution not given to anarchic or lawless outbursts to express my emotions. So for the sake of my own sanity, and in solidarity with my Party, I will be donning whatever red apparel I have in my wardrobe on Inauguration Day as a silent protest against the looming threat of Democratic political dominion.

To be clear, I have no intention of staying home or otherwise withdrawing from the public square. Indeed, on that day I hope to share my time and talents wherever they are valued. I intend to contribute economically as a productive employee, socially as a loving husband and father and politically as a member of an opposition whose loyalty is to the United States and the Constitution that so enables our freedom.

I encourage you to join me, and thank you in advance for your support.

2 comments:

Readwriteblue said...

I will be wearing red.

This is a way that we can show our disagreement with out sinking to the level of those we oppose.

Paul said...

I for one can't wait for President Obama to restore America to its proper standing as a world leader after 8 years of disastrous GOP leadership.