First, I didn’t vote for Obama. His kind of change isn’t great enough for me. Even if successful, the change he espouses is too incremental.
We need major change to get regular folks back on equal footing with business. We need changes to the tax code to make it fairer to wage earners. We need to get the government out of our personal lives. We need to shrink our military by 80%. We need to close most of our foreign garrisons. We need to fix the education system. We need to decouple health insurance from work. And that’s for starters.
Anyways, I see a lot of comments on the Internet about Obama. Most of them are wrong. He was accused of taking official acts before he even took office. I’ve seen comments praying that he fails. Hoping that his administration flounders. Lots of snide comments about being the second coming, the chosen one, racial derisions and so on.
People are worried about another assault weapons ban. A bill was introduced by Rep. McCarthy (whose husband was murdered on the Long Island Rail Road) in February 2007 to again criminalize scary, black guns and many others too. (Something I’m against.) The bill has been languishing in the House of Representatives for two years.. There’s been no action. As currently written there is a grandfather clause, “…shall not apply to any firearm…which is otherwise lawfully possessed on the date of the enactment of this subparagraph.” Personally, I don’t think that Obama will trifle with such matters as long as the economy, Iraq and Afghanistan are boiling over onto his stove top. I hope he doesn’t.
As a Constitutionalist I also don’t think that Obama will rely on presidential signing statements as much as his predecessor. Obama said that he doesn’t think a president should use signing statements to change the purpose of a law or to avoid enforcing certain aspects of the law, “I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”
Will Obama be everything to everybody? Probably not. Thus far though he has shown an amazing willingness to govern from the center and populate his circle of advisors from both sides of the aisle.
We all know that our country is in pretty rough shape. I’m not going to rehash all of the bad news – the layoffs, the financial system, the federal deficit, housing and so on. The American people haven’t changed. I still think that we are resilient and will be able to think, engineer, innovate, create and work our way out of this. Will it be easy? No. Will it be fast? No. Will our futures look like our pasts? Most certainly not.
Listen, like it or not we are all in this together. We are all citizens of these United States. All of our futures are intertwined. If Obama fails we all fail. No man is an island unto himself.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”John Donne
I guess all I’m trying to say is not to have your mind made up too soon. As humans we need to be able to accept new information or facts, integrate them into our belief system and adapt. The number one rule of survival is to be flexible. If your mind is already made up, you need to ask yourself to find out how open you are to accepting new information and how well you may be able to adapt to a changing world. During windy days it’s better to be a young, flexible willow than an old oak. Ask yourself which is more likely to survive.
Think about it as if you were serving on a jury. If your mind is already made up then you haven’t given the facts and arguments fair consideration. All we’ve seen so far are opening arguments. I’m not saying you have to wait four years, but you really should give the guy a fair chance. Only you know what that means to you personally.
The call to action:
Please give Obama a chance to see how he will govern. Please pray for his success because we all depend on it. Please hope that he guides our country fairly and judiciously. Please pray that he can guide us successfully through these dark times. Pray that his [sic] can keep us safe from all enemies foreign and domestic. All of us need to join together because the future of our Republic depends on it.
Here is hoping for a new and brighter day-