Reflections on a small, but significant, part of the inaugural speech…

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet. We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

This quote from the inaugural speech deeply bothers me. Anyone else have that “chewing on tinfoil” kind of discomfort at the bolded part of this statement? I know that the answer is that Pres. Obama defines slaughtering innocents differently than I do, perhaps, but in my humble opinion, it was a recklessly worded threat coming from a nation which sanctions the extermination of millions of unborn each year.

I hesitated to even bring this up, because I am really, really impressed and proud of the little details of the day that show the servant-heart of President and Mrs. Obama (opening the door for Mrs. Obama, the gift presented to Pres. and Mrs. Bush, for example), but this one thing just breaks my heart. Are we truly that blind?  I hold a lot of hope for the coming years, and am looking forward to seeing how the Obama administration will tackle the problems we have today, but it just points out the need for us to keep on praying for a change of heart in our nation.  Forgive me for casting a negative light on what has really been a proud moment in American history, but I just couldn’t let this slide.

2 thoughts on “Reflections on a small, but significant, part of the inaugural speech…

  1. Don’t apologize, and definitely do not ask for forgiveness for merely bringing up this issue!

    To me, it is THE issue. The chief executive of our nation, the single man who represents us and directs our course more than any other, is so completely pro-choice (or should I say pro-genocide?) that it sickens me. In response to the excerpt claiming to “protect innocents” in our President’s speech I would say:

    “America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.” – Pope John Paul II

  2. ok I hope this isn’t totally weird but I decided to call a personal de-lurking day today and mention that I stop by here from time to time – hope you guys are doing well these days.

Comments are closed.