At any rate, last night was inspiring on two levels:
- A re-surfacing of the John McCain I admired so much in 2000. That classy, principled guy that sort of disappeared in 2006 when he started running for president. It was an amazing concession speech, and I think that it shows great character and a true Country First attitude to pledge -- and encourage his followers to do so as well -- to be supportive. And, really, even if you don't support Obama, it's worth giving him a shot now that he's president. I wasn't thrilled about Bush when he won, but I was generally supportive until 2003 when he started making decisions that were not really good for the country. So Obama's worth at least a good ol' college try.
- Obama's call for unity and collective action. I love how Obama's theme has been "Yes we can." Because he's been using "we" language. He has been calling us to action, and asking us to BE better. He's not telling us what he's going to do for us, and he hasn't been setting himself up as a savior (contrary to what some would have you believe). He's been calling for -- and he renewed that call last night -- for us to work together to achieve change. He also pointed out that we have a long way to go, and he's right.
While it is true that the Supreme Court as a whole is fairly centrist, I am concerned that the other two branches are going to be the same party. After all, we saw the sort of havoc that could wreak from the outset of the Bush presidency until 2006. A little opposition is good. I dislike the two-party system because there is too great a chance of one-party government, and at the same time, only having two parties leads to more bitter divisiveness. Especially since, as has been especially pronounced since the Gingrich years, it loyalty to party trumps loyalty to country, and beating the other party and getting elected at all costs becomes the goal.
So while I think Obama could be very good for the country, I do worry about this rather large contingent of Democrats. But, the good news is that in 2 years if Congress hasn't managed to accomplish anything with this mandate (and it is more of a mandate than 2004 was), we can switch things up again.
Finally, as is my wont, here are some of the blog posts I wrote today regarding plans offered by Barack Obama:
- I wrote about taxes on investments on the Inner8 blog (new!) and on the Banks.com Investing blog.
- Barack Obama and housing market/foreclosure plans on the Banks.com Mortgage blog.
- Plans for small business on WorkShak.
- My opinion on two proposals from Barack Obama at Yielding Wealth. (And an invitation to share your thoughts.)
- No matter who is president, you still need to take care of your personal finances properly on the Personal Finance Corner.