I won’t be watching the inauguration of Barack Obama today. Not that I have anything against the man personally: I almost never watch any inaugural. I bear him no rancor: his side won, my side lost. I’ve been through enough elections, winning some, losing others, that I can put the passion of the campaign behind me. (Unlike, say, the liberal left in this country after 2000.) Obama will soon be the 44th President of the United States, and I wish him well. We’re at war and in a difficult economic state, and only an immature churl could do otherwise.
Wishing him well, however, does not mean I won’t oppose him when I think he is wrong, which, given his campaign pledges and some of the people he’s appointed so far, is likely to be quite often. As the Left was so fond of telling us (again and again and again) over the last eight years, dissent is patriotic.
Actually, no it’s not. Dissent is an act. It’s the intent behind it that determines the patriotism of the act. If one dissents solely to tear down your opponent and score a cheap political advantage, that is not patriotism. If dissent is meant to improve a policy and help the nation, and is conducted in a way that yet recognizes our common bonds — that is patriotic dissent. It is that standard to which I will hold myself. As I’ve written before, I will not do to Barack Obama what the Democrats, the media, and the Left (but I repeat myself) did to George Bush for eight years.
However, that does not mean I cannot mock and ridicule mercilessly Obama’s cultish followers, who seem all too eager to play "Follow the (Dear) Leader," rather than live as citizens in a republic. First, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore gather a whole host of B-list celebrities to pledge to "be the best we can be," now that it’s okay to be patriotic again. Roll tape, Tito!
MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge
(via Big Hollywood. Go there to read Breitbart’s searing rant.)
Mark Steyn takes special note of this quote from the video:
I pledge to be a servant to our President and to all mankind because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek.
And I pledge to refrain from trying to slap some sense into the brain-dead lackwit who uttered this vacuous tripe. We don’t "serve" a president, you latte-sipping chowderhead! We are equal citizens in a republic, we pledge loyalty to the political ideals behind the constitution, and the president is merely an executive whom we replace every four or eight years — nothing more. We do not serve him. If anything, he serves us. You want to "serve" a leader? Okay, there’s this lovely place called North Korea, where everyone serves the Dear Leader and pledges to be all he expects them to be. Amen. Or they get a free stay in a prison camp.
Honest to Pete, what is this apparently overwhelming urge left-liberals and "progressives" have to fall-in behind a charismatic leader? Give me a plain-spoken man or woman of substance –a Truman, a Reagan, a Palin– any day over the empty eloquence of The Leader. Someone ought to write a book about this. Oh, wait a minute…
Regardless, good luck, President Obama. You’ll need it.
LINKS: Others covering this include Fausta, AJ Strata, Ed Morrissey, Exurban League, Rich Horton, Sister Toldjah.