published Monday, January 21st, 2013

It's good to forget

It's Inauguration Day ... yawn.

Do you care? Did you even remember?

If you're like most people, you have a passing interest in the proceeding. Maybe you'll catch a sound bite or two on the evening news tonight. It's unlikely you'll be glued to a TV screen a few minutes before noon as the oath of office is administered.

And that in itself may be a telling detail about the success of the United States. The transfer of power -- or, in this case, the largely unpopular retention of it -- is almost a nonevent.

Forty-three men have taken the oath required to hold the most important office in the world without bloodshed, political uprisings or revolutions.

That, even in the face of great opposition, the man elected president has been inaugurated for 224 years is a principal example of the greatness of our nation.

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lkeithlu said...

The transfer of power -- or, in this case, the largely unpopular retention of it

Sour grapes. How unpatriotic. The man won the election.

January 21, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.
pneely said...

Well, one election helped precipitate The Civil War, so it has not been entirely without bloodshed.

January 21, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.
librul said...

Unpopular? - except among a majority of American voters and the majority of the electoral college. It's no wonder the Rethugs are frantically seeking to create gerrymandered districts all across the country where no democrat could ever win an election and institute voter suppression as a primary tool of their brand of "democracy", i.e. fascism.

Keep it up, boys - you are rapidly succeeding in your drive toward irrelevancy. With voices like Drew's at work, the job will be easy for you. The sad part is, Obama is more like Bush II and Rethugs should be glad to have him. He's actually far more a Republican than a Democrat, though both with few exceptions are little more than corporatist puppets.

January 21, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

1461 days until we are rid of this plague.

January 21, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.
timbo said...

Libel.... He won by 3 million votes, give me a break. Half of this country can't stand him.

I think it's another sad day for America. I absolutely despise Obama's politics, attitude, personality, and what he's done this country. I never listen to a word he says or watch him on television and I sure as hell won't look at his inauguration. I still find it sur real that A know nothing, do nothing, never had a real job,piss ant could make it this far. His first election was the beginning of the end of this country is as we have know it. He is an unabashed socialist whose main goal is to redistribute wealth and basically eliminate the Bill of rights.

He is the biggest liar and dirtiest politician I have ever known in my lifetime. He makes Richard Nixon look like a piker. I won't even address some of the stupid crap that Harry Austin just wrote. It is so bizarre it's not worth a comment.

Have a nice inauguration.

January 21, 2013 at 8:51 p.m.
Easy123 said...

LMFAO! Sour grapes, eh, Timbo?! I love it when morons like you spew your fallacious arguments, filled with ignorance and lies! You discredit yourself so quickly and with such little effort.

January 21, 2013 at 11:40 p.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

You're a hypocrite.

January 21, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
timbo said...

slEasy321..... If you're going to insult people try to be more creative.

January 22, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.
moon4kat said...

A solid majority of Americans voted for the re-election of President Obama. They did this despite the lies and propaganda pumped out by Faux "news," and hundreds of $million$ poured into Republican PACs and campaign chests by rich, greedy corporate thugs who want to milk everything they can out of the middle class.

January 22, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Bimbo,

Pot meet kettle! LMFAO!

I go for accuracy, unlike yourself.

January 22, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
Leaf said...

You all missed the point of this little article.

January 22, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

"The point of the article was that the ebb and flow of power in the U.S. is never played out in the streets with weapons and blood."

Wrong.

"However the vitriol in his inauguration speech signals that he favors the chaos and violence that we have avoided so far over compromise and coming together."

You obviously don't know what "vitriol" means. Also, Obama has compromised far too much.

"He is a vicious radical Socialist and his re-enthronment bodes ill for our ultimate survival as a nation."

You continue to discredit yourself by saying this garbage. Didn't you say this after he was elected the first time? I'm still waiting for all those bad things you are predicting to actually happen.

Same crap, different day with JonRoss.

January 22, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
Leaf said...

Actually, JonRoss was correct until he veered off to a rant.

"The point of the article was that the ebb and flow of power in the U.S. is never played out in the streets with weapons and blood."

Right.

January 22, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Leaf,

That's what you got out of it?

I was more under the impression that the article was theming towards the seemingly uneventful, unimportant, routine, etc. event that is inauguration and/or the pageantry of the presidency.

I do understand the allusion to revolution and the transfer of power from a bad to good regime.

January 22, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.
Leaf said...

The author's point, though not original at all, is that we value rule of law and civil discourse in this country. Of course he then partially contradicted his own point by inserting a snide aside. I suppose he couldn't help himself.

On a deeper level, this article reveals the author's provincialism and limited scope of thought. Yes, we have enjoyed smooth transition of power from one leader to the next. So too have almost all other nations in the world for longer than the United States has existed. That in itself is not exceptional. It is certainly not a principle example of the greatness of our nation.

January 22, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.
timbo said...

Here are the results for the election. Obama won by 4,970,644 votes. As you can see he Got a little over 1% more votes than all the other candidates. That's about 1.26 million votes. That is about .3 Percent of the total number of people in the US. Is electoral victory with much larger but with a couple of states like Ohio and Florida which were close, that could have gone the other way.

This is no mandate when 49 percent wanted someone else. Moonkat didn't give any numbers just

"A solid majority of Americans voted for the re-election of President Obama." Yea, real accurate. Hope makes you feel good that dumbass sleazy 123 agrees with you.

Barack H. Obama Joseph R. Biden, Jr.    Democratic  65,899,625  51.02%  332 61.7%

Willard Mitt Romney Paul Ryan   Republican  60,928,981  47.18%  206 38.3%
January 22, 2013 at 6:31 p.m.
Easy123 said...

bimbo,

"Is electoral victory with much larger but with a couple of states like Ohio and Florida which were close, that could have gone the other way."

What do you mean "could have gone the other way"? If you could repeat it over again, it would go the same way. What factors would make the outcome different?

"This is no mandate when 49 percent wanted someone else."

Using the same logic and math, 54.86% didn't want your candidate either.

"Yea, real accurate."

It is accurate. A majority would be any amount greater than half.

"Hope makes you feel good that dumbass sleazy 123 agrees with you."

It should make your dumbass feel bad that you don't agree. Only a pedantic moron would disagree. Are you stupid or just a sore loser?

January 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
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