Obama: So Far So Good
Well, the Obama presidency is only a few days old and it's been pretty good...so far. Yes, there will be disappointments and bad policy in the coming months (from my POV at least) but in these first few days, Obama has made or is starting to make good on some good campaign promises...and that's always a good thing.
As a libertarian, I don't get much to cheer about regardless of which party is in power so seeing little battles being won in a long, daunting and bleak war is the best I can hope for.
I was listening to Political Talk Radio on a long car ride this morning for the first time in..well...as long as I can remember. Granted, I realized pretty quickly that I don't miss it but it was nonetheless worth a little of my time...in retrospect. "Brian and the Judge" is a program on Fox Radio that is at least tolerable, in my opinion because "The Judge" Napolitano...a libertarian of sorts when it comes honoring the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution...is an uncompromising non-partisan champion of civil liberties and the rule of law. (that show, however, is followed by John Gibson, at which point it is clearly time to put on music. ;))So, when hot topics like Obama's moves on Gitmo come up, it can be very, very entertaining to listen to him take on Brian and 99% of the phone callers. You can easily imagine how that went over. You go, Judge.
Then, I happened across this post by the always-interesting Will Wilkinson who linked a post by equally content Radley Balko of Reason and his own blog "The Agitator". Both seem to share my contentment in how the first few days have gone. See link for the list of quick steps in the direction that Obama has taken.
As I had said several times during the campaign, an Obama Presidency seemed preferable to me over a McCain Presidency...and these types of actions are why. Obama can make these changes with the stroke of a pen and with little to stop him. These are matters that the president can take by the horns and make changes...virtually single-handedly. Yes, there will be many matters where I will wish Obama would think differently but most of those matters are standard fare issues in which Congressional deliberation will keep any one man from exerting his will.
Moreover, I still hold fast on my opinion that Obama will enrage his most strident far-left supporters and leave them disillusioned on some matters of economic policy. I have seen it happen already on many hyper-liberal blogs. May it continue! Obama is not Boxer, B. Sanders or Kucinich on economics...he is much closer to Bill Clinton...for better and for worse...better in some ways and perhaps less so in others but still more in that direction. Obama may have easily won the far-left vote but he won't be doing their will on many matters of economic policy. Thank God. I think he'll do just enough to keep both main camps somewhat grumblingly encouraged yet frustrated and unfulfilled...if they can figure it out from his smooth-talk rhetoric.
May more quiet executive victories keep coming.