"...It is frightening to think there is a real possibility that the entire world economy could go into complete meltdown and famine kill millions.....It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it. The most powerful nation on earth is confronting its worst economic crisis under the leadership of its most extremely liberal politician, who has virtually no experience of federal politics. That is not an opportunity but a catastrophe."
All is not doom and gloom for David Horowitz though, who appreciates the symbolism - if not the politics - of our new president:
"Second, in order to do this as conservative – as conservatives who have
been through the culture wars -- we need to get past the mixed feelings
we will inevitably have as the nation marks its progress in moving away
from the racial divisions and divisiveness of the past. These feelings
come not from resistance to the change, but from the knowledge that"
this celebration should have taken place decades ago and that its delay
was not least because our opponents saw political advantage in playing
the race card against us and making us its slandered targets.
"If we celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic congress of the Carter years, which rejected it. If Americans now have accepted an African American to lead their country in war and peace that is in part because an hysterically maligned Republican made two African Americans his secretaries of state...."
"...Third, as conservatives who embrace the institutions our founders created we need to separate the two roles of the presidency -- symbolic and political. Today the symbolic role takes precedence and we need to appreciate the specific aspects of that symbolism in the new presidency of Barack Obama, and put aside our anticipations of the policies he may later put in place. There will be time enough for that."