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    In line with our project of telling Barack what would be good in his Inaugural Speech (taken up by the good BarbinMD today--tho she doesn't tell you whom to mail at TeamObama, bless her), let's focus on significance. Obviously the speech is significant because Obama is making it, but that itself doesn't mean the speech will have significant subject matter...e.g, if he made the speech about pink unicorns, etc.
    It would be hard for him to deliver a bad speech, knowing him, but hopefully, something besides "job creation" and even "reform", "hope", and "change" would be nice to see, e.g., something grand and noble and of world-historical significance.

    Bush did not deliver on much in his eight years, but his inaugural speeches weren't all bad, cf. some of the stuff on freedom from his first address,

(more Bushery, and Obamary, below...thanks for your patience)

    ...Through much of the last century, America's faith in freedom and democracy was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations. ...

    The second inaugural was even more world-historical sounding,

    ...At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical - and then there came a day of fire. ...
    Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:
    All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. ...
    From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world. ...
    We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner "Freedom Now" - they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.
    When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, "It rang as if it meant something." In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.
    May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America.

    Nooo, I'm not arguing that Bush CAME THROUGH on his words; but the words were not bad, actually. And I would hope that BHO could ring similar notes, notes of world-historical scope and grandeur, on global freedom and otherwise. (It's a little too much to hope that he'll, say, call for the end of monarchy and state religion everywhere, but one can only hope...   :D )

    Once again, even though it's slightly late, it's not too late to let Obama's team know your thoughts: mail the PIC (Presidential Inaugural Committee), at least Adam Elkington and Timothy Skoczek, at this link, aelkington@pic2009.org, tskoczek@pic2009.org, and fun Obama honcho Steve Hildebrand can be e-mailed at THIS link. Maybe if you send them your speech ideas, world-historical or otherwise, they'll make their way to You Know Obama Who, and he'll include some of your shining and epochal words.

    And to quote the great Mel Gibson, the not-so-great George Walker Bush, and hopefully the very great Barack Obama tomorrow: "FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOMMMM!!!" Spread the meme! You have the dream!!! !

    (P.S. You were successful in getting Sully invited to the inauguration, cf. my diary showing you whom to mail to ask for it; so ask Obama to speechify as you like, hopefully with a request for world-historically-transformative themes, and it will be granted, no doubt...)

Originally posted to David Boyle on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM PST.

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  •  If Bush can freedom, Obama can freedom bettah... (2+ / 0-)
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        Cross-posted and edited from Obamaism.org.

        While there peep also the hilariously titled Sully invited to Inaug...""thanks to Obamaism.org""> (well, you never know...and I do give credit to the DKos version of my diary above, heh), and

        It’s not a Ford, more a Lincoln, it’s Obama. Plus: mean to unseen Gene Robinson (on the happy hijinks, and not-so-happy exclusion, at the Linc Memorial).

  •  I'm pretty sure (7+ / 0-)

    he will give a speech for the ages, regardless of any input from us.

    January 20th can't get here soon enough.

    by NWTerriD on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:48:11 PM PST

  •  Sheesh! I put a lotta time in this diary... (1+ / 0-)
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        Feel free to read! Thx!!

        (And thank you for writing the PIC and helping get Sully invited, too...)

  •  FDR outdid Bush by a lot in his (3+ / 0-)
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    '33 Inaugural.

    I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

    In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

    More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

    Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and have abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

    True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

    The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

    Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy  and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

    Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live. Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.

    Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources.

    Hand in hand with this we must frankly recognize the overbalance of population in our industrial centers and, by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution, endeavor to provide a better use of the land for those best fitted for the land. The task can be helped by definite efforts to raise the values of agricultural products and with this the power to purchase the output of our cities. It can be helped by preventing realistically the tragedy of the growing loss through foreclosure of our small homes and our farms. It can be helped by insistence that the Federal, State, and local governments act forthwith on the demand that their cost be drastically reduced. It can be helped by the unifying of relief activities which today are often scattered, uneconomical, and unequal. It can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and of communications and other utilities which have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act and act quickly.

    Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order: there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments, so that there will be an end to speculation with other people's money; and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.
    These are the lines of attack. I shall presently urge upon a new Congress, in special session, detailed measures for their fulfillment, and I shall seek the immediate assistance of the several States.

    Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo. Our international trade relations, though vastly important, are in point of time and necessity secondary to the establishment of a sound national economy. I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first. I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.

    The basic thought that guides these specific means of national' recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first considerations, upon the interdependence of the various elements in and parts of the United States-a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.

    In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor-the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others-the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.

    If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us all as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in time of armed strife.

    With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.
    Action in this image and to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.

    It is to be hoped that the normal balance of Executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.

    I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken Nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.
    But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, and in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis-broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.

    For the trust reposed in me I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.
    We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.

    We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.

    In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.

    -5.38, -5.90 Deus mihi iustitiam dabit.

    by cjallen on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:51:42 PM PST

  •  Dude's a community organizer. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Obama should give the bestest speech evah. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm willing to be he's had writers working on it since the day after the election.  I'm expecting one  for the ages.

    Looking forward to hearing it, too.  I bought a box of Kleenex just in case it is as good as I "hope" it to be.  :-)

    Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

    by browneyes on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:58:27 PM PST

  •  Oh oh! Maybe he already wroted it!! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Let me just say, David, (1+ / 0-)
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    that I always read and rec your diaries.  Even when I don't agree with you, you entertain the crap out of me.

    I know you always put a lot of work in your diaries, and you are funny as hell!  :-)

    Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

    by browneyes on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:01:38 PM PST

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