Today, 1-20-2013, President Barrack Obama will take his second oath of office commencing his second term in office. A ceremonial repeat will take place Noon tomorrow due to the fact that Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday. Tomorrow’s oath will be followed by a speech.
Of all Inauguration Day speeches, the benchmark to this day is the one made by John F. Kennedy on 1-20-1961, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Although as a Republican, I would have major differences with his policies as I do with the current president’s policies, I have to admit, even The Great Ronald Reagan, one of the great orators in our time, could not top the afore mentioned rhetoric.
As we prepare to push the political reset button in Washington, D.C. and deal with stopping draconian spending cuts, decision on the debt ceiling, and foreign affairs of the day, let us note the one flaw in Mr. Kennedy’s rhetoric. Let us note who is actually in control. The correction would be as follows.
Ask not what your country can do for you;
Ask not what you can do for your country;
Ask what God would like you to do for your country.