Over the course of the day I’m going to collect a list of good things about an Obama Administration, compiled from the posts of those who support John McCain in the election, those, like me, who were reluctant Obama supporters, and Obama supporters who aren’t gulls.
From my perspective by far the best thing about an Obama Administration with solid majorities in both houses of Congress is that Democrats will need to take ownership of our foreign policy. That gives us at least a chance of having a bipartisan foreign policy for the first time in decades. This is make or break time for the Democrats on foreign policy and the military. If they take the horse by the reins and are successful, it will strengthen our hand in the world enormously. If they fail or, Hamlet-like, are unable to decide one way or another it will be a generation before a Democrat sits in the Oval Office again.
The Constitution is pretty clear about the responsibilities of the office of President: the military, the federal bureaucracy, and foreign policy. The powers and responsibilities of the presidency in things like health care, education, and economic policy are actually pretty much limited to enforcing the law. The real responsibility in those areas belongs to the Congress, however reluctant its members are to shoulder it.
So far the most amusing thing I’ve read about what would be good about an Obama Administration comes from Steven Den Beste:
no one will be spinning grand conspiracy theories about this administration’s Vice President being an evil, conniving genius who is the true power behind the throne.
Dave Price points to an end on raids on medical cannabis clubs, tax cuts, and the very fact of an African American president.
I’ll post more as I run across them.
Let us resolve to hold him [ed. President Elect Obama] to that promise of listening — because we will almost certainly have points of disagreement along the way.
But the fact that this may be a president who reaches out to opposing views, who considers criticisms and questions, is such a refreshing change from the current WH resident that I needed to pause for a moment and savor the potential of having a grown-up in the White House for a change.
Whatever changes we see, it will be up to all of us — every single one of us — to push them forward.
Time will tell. I hope that she’s right on this.
The “post-racial” era has begun. Let’s see how it proceeds. But the “we can’t get there from here because of racism” meme is dead and I’m going to be very intolerant of any attempts to resurrect it.
There are too many who have built their careers on the fact and fiction of racism for it to be abandoned soon but the claims certainly will look increasingly surreal.