It’s important to make note that President Obama’s inaugural address didn’t sound like a person who was going to have to face re-election again. What must that feel like? To be 100% sure in your job to the point where you can pretty much not have to worry about losing it. It must feel like you can say stuff strongly but politely, without the hamstrings of political reality.
For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative.They strengthen us
You can maybe say something that wouldn’t get you re-elected, but is true and needs to be addressed, even though it is too late to really do anything about it.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition. We must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure, our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
And maybe you can reach out to minorities, women and the LGBT community in such a way that makes sense to most people but would spell political doom if it was spoken about too explicitly in the first term.
We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
But what you can’t do is talk about Drones, because it’s embarrassing and you know you shouldn’t do it, but you do it anyway because fixing the problem would be too hard and so would be following the rules.
That’s what it’s like to be a Progressive liberal in this country. You enjoy having President Obama, and you are very happy to have him re-elected. But you’re also annoyed that change is not only slow by nay impossible and that somethings don’t change, no matter who is the President of the United States.