Thursday, November 13, 2008

An American Moment

Now is our chance! We for once have an opportunity - in fact, an invitation - to share our vision of what an ideal Obama administration and agenda would look like. I've posted below a paragraph with links from the official www. change.gov transition blog, a place you can get an up to date thumbnail sketch of day to day activities...and no, there's nothing there about Senator Hillary Clinton being picked for Secretary of State. The rumors are rampant. Perhaps this is just a leak sent to determine how the country would feel about that.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'll probably need a day or two to think about it. In some respects I think she would serve the country better to become a strong Senator, a statesman such as Senator Ted Kennedy became after his defeat in Presidential bid many years ago. She has an agenda that she could pursue as the Junior Senator from New York, and eventually she would be the senior Senator from New York. She could be of great service to an Obama administration by working behind the scenes to facilitate his agenda in the Senate (and House, I expect.)

I'm wishing for a Secretary of State who would seek advice from some of the Middle East experts. As I have listened to Kerry, Richardson, and others under consideration, in comparison to Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, who have spent a lot of time over there, I'm left uncertain that just traveling over there on an occasional junket gives enough background in culture and all of the political issues to do an effective job as Secretary of State.

President-Elect Obama has a strong economic advisory team; I hope he has an equally strong one on the Middle East.

An American Moment
The story of the campaign and this historic moment has been your story. It is about the great things we can do when we come together around a common purpose. The story of bringing this country together as a healed and united nation will be led by President-Elect Obama, but written by you. The millions of you who built this campaign from the ground up, and echoed your call for the change you wanted to see implemented by the Obama Administration - this process of setting up that new government is about you.
This transition is about selecting a new staff and agenda that will help reclaim the American dream and bring about positive lasting change to this country. In order to do that, we want to hear from you.
Tell us your story and the issues that matter most to you. Share with us your concerns and hopes. – the policies you want to see carried out in the next four years. - from www.change.gov (the official transition web site).

I don't have to think even one minute about how I feel about President Bush's blanket pardon and his Executive privilege being extended past January 20th. I know exactly how I feel. Forget about it! While I'm not sure that President Obama will be able to delve into it to the extent I'd like to see - he's got too much else of critical nature on his plate - I'd like him to have the power to do that should the spirit ever move him or the Congress to investigate and bring a few people of the Bush administration to justice, I'd surely like to see that happen.

One major policy I'd like to see carried out involves some of the overreaching of Presidential powers abused by the Bush administration. That is one of the reasons I had hoped for impeachment proceedings. Impeachment of this President might have provided a deterrent to any future president continue the assumed powers of this President. This "war on terror", undeclared and unending, has meant that this past seven years we have as citizens lost more than an economy, more than 4000+ lives of our young men, more than our reputation abroad. I'm more worried that someone is watching and keeping track of the books I buy from amazon.com, the websites I read, the books I check out at the library, and the e-mail I receive from overseas than I am from terrorists. This isn't the America I grew up in. It's not the America I want for my grandchildren. It's vaguely reminiscent of another country in another time.

This is an American Moment...a time to reclaim the American dream.

Joan

P. S. Max's water polo team won their semi-finals game today in Lodi. On to fight again another day - finals Saturday: Davis vs. Jesuit on Saturday (Elk Grove, I think.)