Jan 21, 2009

We have found the wow factor !

When Barack Obama was sworn in as the first black President of the US and when he took the oath of office with one hand on the bible as Barack Hussein Obama, the epitome of democracy in US is being projected for the world to see.

The people of US have chosen their new President with the belief that he can take the country to greater heights amidst the financial and economic crisis but never base on the color of the skin. For such a historical moment, it is with hope and interest that the world is anxiously waiting to hear the inauguration speech of the world's most powerful man.

The following are extracts (blue color) from President Obama's inauguration speech which I thought can be useful political lessons to our ever omnipotent government:

1) For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
Yes, our forefathers came from Indonesia, China, India and many other countries to seek a living in this land so that their children will not live in hunger and sufferings.
Yes, they toiled in sweatshops and plowed the hard earth to feed the children
Yes, they fought the communists together and also seek independence together.
Why must then, one be treated differently from the other?
When the rules of law are viewed as sacrosanct to one and discriminative to the others, fairness and equality are denied.
When those in power refuse to change, the people will revolt for change.
2) Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Do you still remember the Auditor-General's annual report?

With so many blatant disregards for accountability in government expenditure, it is just incredulous that there is hardly any action being taken against the culprits. With such impunity, is it any wonder why there is no trust between the people and the government?

When those in power refuse to change, the people will revolt for change.

3) We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
Similarly, we are a nation of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others. We have also tasted the swill of 'civil war' of the May 13th incident which had truly divided the people. Let us buried the hatreds of the past so that our children will never get to taste the swill again. Let us maximize the diversity of this country to bring greater peace and benefits for the people.

When those in power refuse to initiate change, the people will revolt for change.

4) To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
Yes, the corrupts are already on the wrong side of history for far too long. With corruptions breeding corruptions, history will eventually repeat itself. The greed of the corrupts will make them cling to power at all cost such as the blatant use of the draconian ISA, for cost to them is nothing when they can reap millions from the country's wealth.

When those in power refuse to change, the people will revolt for change.

And change it will be.

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