Land of the Free

As many of you know, I am a historian, author of The Faith of America’s Presidents. So today, I cannot avoid noting the historic nature of Barack Obama’s inauguration later this morning as the 44th President of the United States.

Our founders gave us a great nation, but it was not perfect. Its greatest flaw was that a nation dedicated to the concept that all men are created equal cannot long exist half slave and half free.

But our founders gave us something better than a perfect nation—they gave us a system that could fix itself. Later today, millions of Americans who grew up without the right to vote because of their skin color—and who grew up listening to the stories of their grandparents, who grew up as slaves—will watch a black man take the oath of office as the President of the United States.

Now I am very conservative. I was disappointed that the voters did not select a conservative in either the primaries or the general election. And starting tomorrow, I will resume discussing strategies for electing a conservative in four years.

But today is a day to lay aside partisanship and thank God that we live in the Land of the Free.

Free, no matter your skin color.

One more thing. After September 11, our outgoing President made it the top priority of his administration to keep our homeland safe from terrorist attacks by taking the war to the terrorists’ home turf.

He succeeded.

He took on fanatical people set on killing us and succeeded at preventing terrorist attacks here for the remainder of his term.

So today is also a day to lay aside partisanship, and thank God that we live in the Home of the Brave.

And because I’m not inclined to argue politics today, this will be one post I’ll let stand on its own, without a comments area.