Now that I've had a weekend away, and the euphoria of the Obama victory is starting to wear off, I've come back to my senses and realized just how screwed up the country really is right now. As one friend of mine put it: "Now that the idiot is finally gone, we can get on with hating this guy now." Obama and his administration will have a lot to deal with, and all eyes will be on his administration to get it right, and do it quickly, in a bi-partisan manner, and without making life difficult for Joe Citizen. Good luck. Any of the usual shortcomings found at the beginning of any administration will be magnified by hopes that have reached stratospheric heights.
Market indices continue to plummet as the financial news reports daily fears of a recession. (Exactly how long can so-called professional traders "fear" something that is already here?) The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to drain the national coffers, and no concrete goal is in sight. (Exactly how long can so-called professional leaders fight a "war" with no definitive objectives?) Meanwhile, problems like social security, health care, infrastructure, energy independence, and so on continue to languish. (Apparently so-called professional legislators can achieve deadlock on those issues for exactly forever.)
I continue to drink the hope Kool-Aid because, after all, an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama (of all names) was elected the freakin' President of the United States, which is still unbelievably amazing. But, Team Obama definitely has their work cut out for them. While their Kennedyesque plan of trying to enlist all Americans to ask what they can do for their country is laudable, I am not sure that Americans of 2008 are as ready to heed that call as Americans of 1961 were. The Me-Generation decades have given us the reputation of being selfish, lazy, entitled, and hypocritical. I hope that reputation will prove to be undeserved, but we won't really know until after January 20th, when the Obamanation is truly in-effect, and sixty-six million Americans need to help President Obama put their money where their votes were.