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Obama creates divide

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Whether people are talking about Beyonce’s alleged lip syncing or about President Obama’s inaugural speech, everyone can agree that Obama’s inauguration was incredibly controversial.

It seems as if the gloves are off for Obama in his last term as president, and he’s not pulling any punches this time.

His speech begs the question: After such a politically charged first term and divisive second election, why would he make it such a point to introduce his liberal views in his inauguration address?

In the speech, he talked about gay rights: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.”

He advocated for more liberal immigration laws: “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”

He even mentioned climate control, something he didn’t spend very much time on during his presidential campaign, and called out the people who oppose it: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”

He also implied that he plans on using more of his executive power this term and working things from an administrative angle, instead of spending his time in lengthy arguments with his conservative opponents in Congress.

While I agree with many of his policies as a feminist-environmentalist-gay rights liberal, it scares me a little that he’s willing to alienate a lot of America that quickly.

The size of the rift between the two parties is disconcerting, but what scares me more is the rift between the ideologies.
It’s getting to the point where compromise seems to not only be a taboo word in Congress, but a concept that doesn’t seem possible anymore.
I don’t want such a divided country.

I don’t want partisan fights like the debt ceiling crisis and the fiscal cliff fiasco to keep happening.

The country seems to be in a high-pressure political mess of rights, health care, and religion, and I think Obama’s speech, while glowing and offering the kind of change that I would love to see, turned up the heat.