I have been thinking about this for a while and decided that it is time to try to put these thoughts into words: If we were to be asked, “do you want to be liked”? I think that most of us would answer, “of course I do”; it is human nature to want to be liked. Then if I asked, “would you be willing to sell out your values, and/or your core beliefs, in order to be liked”? I have a feeling that I would get a very different response. So, where am I going with this? For the most part, I thought that Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was very good, however, there was one line that jumped out at me, and really gave me pause; it was this line… “As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals”. First of all, we? Did he mean to say; I reject as false the choice between our safety and “my” ideals? And this is where the over-politicization can be, and has been a detriment to our country. Is war ugly? Dam right it is! Do most people like war? I would have to say, no. I for one, hate it. Do I believe in diplomacy? I sure do. Have we lacked a bit of diplomacy over the last eight years? I would answer, likely. Were we attacked on 9-11? Yes we sure as hell were. Is there a good chance that others are plotting to hurt, even annihilate us? I would think that one is a bit naive to think not. So, what exactly is our ideals, and when does the safety of “our” country stop becoming a first priority? Yes, I said it! It is “our” country! Liberals, conservatives, Republicans and Democrats alike; and most of us love our country. Again, history can teach us a whole lot… Franklin Roosevelt is thought of as one of our greatest presidents; he lead us through World War 2, a depression (arguably), and he was a Democrat. Does everyone know about the executive order that FDR put into place after the “attack” on Pearl Harbor? In 1942, FDR ordered the internment of nearly 110,000 Japanese Nationals and Japanese”citizens” to so called War Relocation Camps, out in The Western United States. Now, was this wrong? That is a subject that is likely still being debated today. Was FDR doing that because he was a terrible, prejudice person? I doubt it, since part of what he is known for, is advancing civil rights, during his presidency. Was FDR putting our national security first? Well, everyone can decide for themselves, however, I am going to say…Yes, of course he was. By the way, another interesting fact is, in the 1960s, years after Roosevelt’s death, there were allocations being made that he was not pre-emptive enough in World War 2; as a result, many innocent people in Europe died. Again, I am not saying that he was right or wrong, but I am saying that history does repeat itself; and if we can not learn from history, then what can we learn from? So, in times of war, and when American lives are on the line, I for one am glad that our president has executive powers to put the safety of the citizens of this country first; despite politics, popular opinion, so-called ideals, and concern that other countries may be upset with us. Looking back, it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, and say, “well, may be he should not have done this and that”, however, by the end of World War 2, Hitler, Mussolini, Fascism, Imperialism and The Nazis were all defeated. I for one, would “not” want to have to make these decisions, and that is why I never considered running for president; however, if a president is looking out for our safety, over political correctness; at least for a period, until our intelligence tells us that we are a bit safer, then that is a president that I can, and will stand by. So, after thinking about it, and saying that I want Barack Obama to do well; I found that what I really want is for America (not one man) to do well. If he makes good, sound decisions, and puts our safety above all, then of course I want him to succeed; on the flip side, if he starts to enact a series of policies that compromises American lives, then leads to further attacks on American soil, then should I still wish him well? I think not. Only time will tell; and I say that we need to give “our” new president the necessary time before passing harsh judgements. That being said, one thing that I do know for sure, is we “did not” ask for Pearl Harbor, or 9-11; nor should we turn on any president that is trying to keep us safe from foreign threats. In my opinion, as president, that is his most sacred duty to the people of this country. Perhaps a time will come to where we can stop over-politicizing; in particular, our national security.