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Wow - just finished it, had to share:

In his remarks, President Obama did not just declare that ten years of war are over – a tactic I now recognize (from Piers Brendon's excellent history, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) as being the kind of thing that British imperialists declared to home audiences periodically, even as they ramped up wars of choice in region after region – but promised to "act on behalf of those who long for freedom globally".

Really? How about starting at home: how about restoring freedom locally before claiming to extend it globally?

And why not celebrate a new term by actually recognizing what an inauguration in America is – not an investment of power (a mistake the speakers kept making), but an assumption by the executive of a responsibility, an obligation, contracted in an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States".

This is as strong as I'd hear coming out of any Ron Paul supporter.

Now I'm going to go read what she said 4 years ago about why she voted for Obama. :)

It is fine to change your mind. It is fine to learn and see and understand. We're all in the process of it. Muhammad Ali said if you see the world the same at 50 as you did at 20, you've wasted 30 years of your life.

Always keep changing. Growing. Evolving.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts