Party Like It’s 1861

oflagI read a report that Obama’s Inauguration luncheon will hearken back to days of yore. As in, the days that “yore” government began to take on powers not delegated to it. That’s right, Obama will have a luncheon in the spirit of the “Great Emancipator”.

The foods served will include favorites of Abraham Lincoln (or ones that recall some of Lincoln’s favorite foods) such as a “Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)”. The appetizer will be a seafood stew in puff pastry to recall to mind Lincoln’s love of seafood. Other side dishes will recall those enjoyed by Lincoln when he was a child in Indiana. Dessert will be apple cinnamon sponge cake in honor of Lincoln’s love for apples (no, not the computers). Besides the food there will be other nods to Father Abraham. You have all doubtless heard how Obama will be sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible. To top it all off “A New Birth of Freedom”, a line from the Gettyburg address, will be the theme of the inauguration.

As soon as I heard about this I knew I wanted to blog about it. I quickly typed out a post and had it all ready to go. However it was rather harsh so I decided to restate my concerns. But in a nutshell the original post explained how Lincoln was not the Moses that everyone makes him out to be. Saving the Union was all he cared about. He simply did not want to go down in history as the President on whose watch the United States, the great experiment, went down the tubes. I mean, can you blame him?

But the real thing I want to point out about the Obama inauguration (and by extension, all inaugurations) is the over-the-top pomp and hullabaloo. Have you seen the figures on what this whole “celebration” will cost? I believe I heard the word “millions” in there somewhere. Most of it is privately funded.  But now consider the hypocrisy of the fact that Bush’s opponents criticized him for the amount he spent on his inauguration activities four years ago.  But since it is Obama….crickets. Obama can spend what ever he wants on his inauguration party (as long as he’s not using my money) but the obivious hypocrisy is disturbing.

I consider this a precursor and a glimpse into how Obama and the 111th Congress will handle the nation’s fiscal affairs.   If you look at expenses like this glitter-and-glam inauguration celebration and the laughably (were it not so scary) unconstitutional bailouts that everyone from GM to the adult entertainment industry is clamoring for it makes you wonder: why is it that the U.S. federal government is the only entity that will actually spend money when times are hard? In any household, corporation, or organization you  will see penny-pinching and cutbacks when bad economic times arise.  But the government actually spends!  Go figure.

Where is the wisdom and sound fiscal policy? The scripture is full of godly wisdom on the subject. Take a moment to run down a few (Proverbs 21:20, Romans 13:8, Luke 14:28-30, Genesis 41:33-36) and then write your state and federal representatives and ask for greater fiscal responsibility and wisdom.

Josh H.


5 Responses to “Party Like It’s 1861”

  1. January 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Obama…the ultimate narcissist.

  2. January 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Josh, I have 3 words: run. for. office. At the least, you should become active in the local political scene. We can criticize all we want with the current government, but until we’re willing to actively do something about it, we’re just blowing hot air. By all means write letters to your Congresspeople (I do!), but also seek other ways to enact real “change we can believe in.” Of our group, you are best suited for the job. Get involved, and we’ll back you up.

  3. January 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    @ Heather: Thanks for the endorsement but I am definitely not political office material. No clout, no money. However I have felt guilty lately about talking up such a storm but not doing much more than writing me congresspeople once a week or so…and blogging.

    Plus I compromised on my principles in this last election by not voting for someone who truly ran on the issues I care about…instead I simply wanted to beat Obama. But not anymore.

    I am going to get seriously involved in supporting a very conservative guy named Ray McBerry for the 2010 GA gubernatorial race. Check him out. He may be too radical for some. But I can dig it.

  4. January 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm


    Great title. 😀

    Remember, Jimmy Carter started off on the School Board. You’re definitely the electable type: charismatic, passionate, well-spoken, no skeletons…don’t sell yourself – or God – short. Those who don’t want the job are the ones who most need to have it, you know.

    Lincoln and Obama are definitely two peas in a pod. Trying to subjugate the whole country to an overreaching federal government is right up their respective alleys.

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