It’s easy to be jaded and cynical about our government, and there are legitimate causes for feeling that way. But, as we spent a few moments at dusk on the night before the Inauguration contemplating this view of the back of the Capitol building, all of those feelings melted away.
Washington is a beautiful city – in an even more beautiful country, filled with beautiful people who all seemed to be gathered in the sweep of her hem for three days this month.
By now, it sounds trite to talk about “taking our country back,” but if you walk around D.C., visiting the memorials and reading the chiseled inscriptions, writings and speeches of true patriots like FDR, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, you begin to realize just how far the Bush regime and the right wing ideologues dragged us away from our true American principles. It still amazes me. Not that we took back this country, but that there was anything left to reclaim after Bush, Cheney, Rove, Gonzales, Rumsfeld and their minions were finished with it.
So, yeah! I’m feeling a different sort of patriotism these days. And, a sense of awe that our Constitution and my fellow citizens – battered and excoriated as it and we have been these past eight years – still rose up to meet the challenge and peacefully kicked those sorry-assed criminals out of town.