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Four More Years

by: John Morgan

Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 13:30:48 PM EST

I was watching the inaugural festivities yesterday and realized as the President, the Vice President and their wives marched down Pennsylvania Avenue that I've seen all four of them in person while in office.  I've covered the President four or five times when he's come to the Keystone State, the VP twice, the First Lady at Shanksville and at Lafayette College and Dr. Biden at Reading Area Community College.

While I didn't vote for them the alternative agenda for this nation was frightening and I hold hope that the President has learned well from his first term.  The fact is he is no longer allowing Republicans to hold the nation hostage is encouraging.  We did suffer $1.8 trillion in bad budget cuts to important programs and services though.  Tax rates on rich Americans are finally going back to levels where they're now responsible for some of the debt they drove into the stratosphere under Reagan and the Bushes.  The two wars started by blood thirsty conservatives are finally ending.

I would like to see Gitmo closed, Wall Street bankers sent to prison, real financial reforms get passed and attention paid to the issue of global warming.  Dodd-Frank was so watered down as to be not much more than window dressing.  We need to pass Glass-Steagall again and those who crashed the economy and are doing all the troublesome antics once again, have to be prosecuted for their crimes.

I'm sure the the President will return to Pennsylvania in the next four years and I'll be there to report on his remarks.

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I was happy to see LGBT inclusion (4.00 / 1)
I was happy to see LGBT inclusion at many levels of the inauguration.

From on stage:

to the parade:

to the inaugural ball:

to the inaugural prayer service for the first time ever:

to the words of the President spoken before the country and directly in front of SCOTUS that will take up the DOMA case in 2 months:

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths - that all of us are created equal - is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

I got a tingle down my back (0.00 / 0)
when I heard a President, as part of his inaugural speech, call for equal rights.

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