Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 20, 2013

What We Think: A more perfect union

- — Regardless of which candidate you supported in the presidential election, it’s time for the country to come together and try to tackle some of our lingering problems. Unemployment, a sluggish economic recovery, high energy prices, the mounting deficit, and a flawed health-care plan all need immediate attention, in addition to the routine demands of the most important job in the country. Either candidate would have had a difficult time addressing these challenges, and for President Barack Obama, the difficulty is increased by higher expectations in his second term.

So far, Obama has fared well in his popularity and ability to handle crises, but the second term is the term most presidents are remembered for. Obama’s legacy will be determined in the next four years, as will the future direction of America.

Will the country become economically healthier? Will immigrants and minorities find a more welcoming atmosphere in the political arena? Or will partisan debates over current issues continue to be divisive enough to prevent the country from finding cures for its many ills.

Obama’s inauguration on Monday will be a celebration for the United States — a celebration of democracy and hope.

It doesn’t matter what party you identify with. The election is over. It’s time now for all sides to come together and form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

These principles are as essential today as they were when penned in 1787. President Obama, members of Congress, and the American people have the duty to support and promote these principles to keep our country and our democracy healthy.

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