In less than a week, the house of death, destruction, and oppression that Bush constructed over eight years is being dismantled stone by stone as a breath of fresh air sweeps America. President Barack Obama ending the ban on providing federal funds to foreign family planning organizations that offer abortions or information concerning abortion. It will allow US funds to be given organization which work with poor people throughout the world on family planning issues and provide contraceptives to those seeking to curtail increasing the size of their families. Family planning groups hailed the move which they believe will end discrimination against poor people by enabling them the same access to information and contraceptives as provided middle and upper class families.
Most probably some anti-abortion groups will be upset, but they should recognize that women all over the world need protection against an unwanted pregnancy and there is need to reduce family size among poor people. Bush portrayed himself as a “compassionate Conservative,” but the bottom line is the only people for whom he showed compassion were those with high incomes.
Mary Dejevsky, writing in the Independent, noted that Obama’s speech entailed a rebuke for everything that George Bush represented from his ideological absolutism to his dependence on military force to his inept handling of the Katrina hurricane. “In a way, the whole Inauguration Day, with its measured choreography, was a cleansing.. Mr. Obama’s unity is not just about national solidarity but about equality and harmony between races. ” Obama spoke to a nation that was moving away from traditional views about race, and his election sent a message to the world of hope and a desire to move forward from the disastrous years of George Bush.
Ironically, cites Ms. Dejevsky, the incompetence and arrogance of George Bush whose politics have lowered America’s reputation in the world, were the stepping stones that enabled a black man to become president of the United States. The spirit of the new president could be summed up in two words– unity and freedom. The malign shadow of the Bush administration with its disdain for other views and disrespect for the Constitution and world opinion, still lingered but Barack Obama was promising not just America, but the world, a new birth of freedom.