"America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. "
-President Barack H. Obama - Inaugural Address - Jan 20, 2009
This is a wonderful passage from his speech, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. That said, nothing he's said or done in the past gives me any confidence whatsoever that he'll remain faithful to our founding documents.
This is a man who doesn't consider the 2nd Amendment an individual right and who clearly abhors the very notion that we all have a natural right to self defense. This is a man, a Constitutional Law professor, who claims the Constitution "grants" rights. (see Tam's take on that bit) He's not much better on the 1st Amendment, where he tried to shut down his political dissent. His actions on that front clearly conflict with the ideals of our founding fathers.
As it stands I've seen little to nothing that leads me to believe President Obama has even read our founding documents, much less that he understands them. So, while I agree with the sentiment espoused by his quote I'll remain pessimistic about the prospect of this country reverting back to the ideals of our founders. Rather I believe we'll move full speed ahead towards Euro style socialism (at a faster pace than we have the past 8 years, under so-called "conservatives")
I sincerely hope that I'm wrong.