Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Upon Obama's Second Inauguration

I am so accustomed to listening to MSNBC that I get shocked by the unkind things people on other news channels have to say about President Obama. Today, however, I'll not allow negativity enter my heart. I realize others are malicious only because they know how trivial their ideas are compared to the ideals which Our President Obama has developed. Joyfully I note that his ideals are really so much like mine and those of our country's past heroes like Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy's. I could be jealous of the height and glamour that this president and his lovely life's partner possess, but I choose not to be so because it is not Mr. and Mrs. Obama's fault that they are tall and I am short. I could be jealous of the chemistry that sizzles from their interactions on the dance floor.:) No I am thrilled that the person whose burden in running this country has a gorgeous and tall supportive spouse. I feel joy that his family supports him with love. These are the way people should be. I am sad by the fact that too many ignore the heavy lifting that it takes to keep the ship of state on its plotted course and safe from tyrannical hands.

I feel or rather have come to the conclusion that many of the problems people have with the Obama presidency lies in the fact that GREED has camouflaged as "success." As a result core American values have been hijacked and lost. Fortunately, our president has a strong sense of history and knowledge of the constitution upon which our government was founded. His heroes have been mine for a very long time. MLK, JFK, RFK, FDR, and all those in the arts who strove for peace over war these have been the heroes of my lifetime. So to are the sisters like Mother Theckla, my favorite and best remembered teacher from Sacred Heart Villa, where I learned the most important precepts of what it means to follow Christ without being sanctimonious about it. An old Jane Wyman movie's title names the characteristic I'm talking about. To give without asking for something in return, to help others without seeking praise,these are the morals in that old movie whose title fits the selflessness with which we should approach the doing our duty or doing good deeds--Magnificent Obsession. The movie itself is too melodramatic but its core lesson is a good one for our times as well as the 1950s when it came out.

I hope that I haven't been too selfish; although, I do have a penchant for loving my children too strongly. Perhaps that isn't too bad a quality in a mother. :)
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