Give him a chance

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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-

was7Beauty is everywhere if you just open your eyes to receive.  Just a snowy field.

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8 Responses to “Give him a chance”

  1. the urban survivalist Says:

    I’m worried. His idea of responsibility isn’t for you to make sure that you’re taken care of. His idea of responsibility seems to be forcing you to take care of everyone around you and then making sure that they do the same if they’re capable. A lot of the language in the speech that he gave yesterday honestly cared the crap out of me. The road that he seems to want to take us down isn’t the road that got us to the point where we could think, engineer, innovate, create and work our way out of anything. I understand that we have to work together. I understand that we can’t worry just about ourselves. Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

  2. Dean Says:

    Even if you didn’t vote for him,or think his change’s aren’t enough,or too much,we need to do SOMETHING! I’ve seen many,let’s called them “concerned” about any democrat in office. Had we gotten McCain,we’d have the same business bailout’s constantly. A stimulus check per person won’t do much, bank bailout’s are not working. We need to fix the economy at the root level,not just cash infusion’s.

  3. Mike Says:

    As part of forming your own opinion, go to the new http://www.whitehouse.gov/ site. The agenda tab has a breakdown of everything he wants to do and where he stands on most issues. Some of his plans scare me, because they seem to be of the “lets throw money at this problem” sort at a time when the government is bankrupt. However the ideals and morals are mostly very reasonable and rational. I really can’t stand either of the two major parties, but for once, I have some hope that at least the goals of the administration are more than just trying to keep itself in power.

    However, major, lasting, changes rarely come from the top down. Bottom-up is the only way lasting changes really work.

    Examples:
    Alexander transformed western Asia. He forged an unprecedented empire and spread Greek culture. As soon as he died, the empire ripped itself apart in warfare. There was little remaining within a matter of years. Even the cites (Alexandria for one) have since been renamed.

    Augustus reformed Rome. He rebuilt it and restored it’s dignity. Unfortunately, the people of Rome didn’t change. Augustus delayed the fall of Rome, but the end of his reign started the next downward slide.

    Hitler moved post WW1 Germany from deep depression and military impotence into a powerhouse that dominated Europe (and many other parts of the world). The people supported him enthusiastically, willing to fight, die, and carry out horrible orders in his name. Within months of his fall, most Germans were embarrassed and shamed by the preceding decade.

    Lenin and Stalin built a top-down dictatorship under the guise of a bottom-up revolution. We all know how well that worked.

    On the other side of the equation:
    The Roman people under their republic forged an empire that survived a millennium before the people lost their way and the empire imploded.

    The French people tossed aside their rulers and created the first true western democracy.

    The American people, and many other colonials across the world, pushed out their imperial overlords and founded new nations based on the values of their peoples.

    The American people, during world war two, united in cause to forge build the strength to fight a war against Japan, and to assist our allies in Europe, and ended up building the next generation of superpower.

    The Russian people, during world war two (note: they refer to it as “The Great Patriotic War”), united in their fighting against the German invasion and in the process built a superpower to rival America. Unfortunately, the people stopped being the driving force after the war, and once it became a top-down driven nation, it failed.

    The Greek people, united to defend their homes against Persian invasion, and fought one of the most amazing battles (Thermopylae) of history to delay and weaken their vastly superior enemy long enough to rally and expel them. (Don’t watch 300. It’s based on a comic book. There were thousands of Greeks there. Sparta sent a few thousand auxiliaries as well as the 300 All-sire force. On the last day of the battle, all the troops retreated to escape destruction after being out-flanked. The 300 stayed and died to buy the rest of the army time to run.)

    There is a very distinct pattern. When a people are threatened, when they are on the brink, they have a chance. A chance to change the world, and build a better home for their families. I think we are facing that risk now. But if ‘Change’ is going to come to America, it had better be bottom-up and not top-down or it will be fleeting.

    -Mike

  4. Jaye Says:

    Mike, you are correct in saying true change comes from the bottom up. I also agree with urban survivalist that “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    I see Mr. Obama’s “willingness to work from the center” as soft soap or his “fake to the right” to use a basketball term. He has a totalitarian streak which will become more evident over time. The blind adoration of the masses is what frightens me most and I wonder if (when) the followers will see that he is not a messiah. They are such petulant children; perhaps the Mayan calendar ending is the answer. I see no good to come of it and no one seems to want to be poor and free anymore. I do…money is nothing without your freedom.

    I will support him when I can, but dissent is still patriotic. I plan to dissent when I must.

  5. theBman Says:

    “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.)”

    “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.”

    And what will you do if he does? How MANY chances aree we suppose to give him? How many chances will YOU give him? Check the last sentence of the statement below…

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/urban_policy/

    Under the “Crime and Law Enforcement” section.

    “Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

    To read more about this complete lack of judgement and learn more about the Tiahrt Amendment and why BATFE and the FOP want it to stay in place, go here:

    http://confederateyankee.mu.nu/archives/281556.php

  6. Abraham Says:

    I would never presume to tell other people what to think or what is right for them. All I ask is a fair consideration of the evidence. If you’ve already seen enough to make up your mind based upon a long campaign, an innaugural speech and a couple of days in office then so be it.

  7. nezumi Says:

    I’ve based my opinion on his political behavior in the past, his voting record, that of his VP and the people he’s surrounding himself with. There is far more history than just his campaign.

    The only reason I would hope he fails is that, if he uses methods which ultimately serve to curtail freedom, and those methods prove to be successful in helping the economy, those methods will become the permanent MO for the United States. FDR “saved” the economy, and now much of what he implemented is permanent – tax stamps on certain firearms, a failing social security system, high income tax and such. We will never get rid of these things, ever, because FDR was successful at something tangentally related.

    If the question is whether I will trade my freedom, and the freedom of my children, for economic prosperity now, the answer is no, never. If that means Obama failing, then that’s what it means. I don’t want Obama to fail for its own ends, I want any plan that involves curtailing my human rights to fail, regardless to what it pays out for me, because the alternative is “temporary measures” become chains on my children.

  8. TR Says:

    I do prefer him over McCain/Palin, didn’t see much of a choice there (see below for some things to think about). I don’t see him as anything special, I would not care if he was blue, color means nothing. I don’t care if he as an individual “succeeds” or “fails” what I do care about is what happens to this country. I want to see it pull itself up out of this hole that is the fault of many from both parties all the way down to us the public for letting it happen, by not doing/paying attention enough and letting these crooks continue their greed over patriotism at a cost to all of us. It is time to change something, becase the past has shown that what was happening was not working. Also time to be prepared for the worst.
    We all will decide on our own – but since knowledge is power, I am passing this along. It is all a question of perspectives :
    Obama/Biden v.s. McCain/Palin, what if things were swapped around?… think about it. Would the country’s collective point of view be different?
    Ponder some of the following:
    What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three-month-old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?
    What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
    What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
    What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?
    What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?
    What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?
    What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to painkillers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
    What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
    What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)
    What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
    What if Obama couldn’t read from a teleprompter?
    What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?
    What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?
    What if Michelle Obama’s family had made their money from beer distribution?
    What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?
    You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are? This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.
    Educational Background:
    ·Barack Obama:
    Columbia University – B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
    Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna *** Laude
    Joseph Biden:
    University of Delaware – B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
    Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)
    VS.
    ·John McCain:
    United States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of 899
    Sarah Palin:
    Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
    North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
    University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
    Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
    University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in Journalism

    Now education isn’t everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world. You make the call.

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