Can we be honest? Can we “get real” about what led to our state of dysfunction as a nation? Don’t blame President Obama; the nation was already dysfunctional before he took office. He just happens to be the last one holding the big bag of pachyderm poop left behind by George W. Bush, and now the stink is on him. Anyone naïve enough to reason that the bag was passed on to him, so it makes him culpable, is functioning at a rudimentary level. Clearly no surprise, since nearly half the country shares that rationale – which is why the news media and pundits continually ask, “Who is the adult in the room here?” Obviously, they don’t know or wouldn’t be posing the question.
How did the country become so unruly? Perhaps Obama spoiled us. The U.S. was on the verge of economic collapse before President Obama ever set foot in the Oval Office. Since then, he has deftly bought us some time – not once, but twice – to keep the nation afloat in these troubled economic times. Needless to say, the clock is ticking and the “debt ceiling” countdown is on.
Through it all, President Obama has stayed true to his word – unwavering in his resolve to get the country back on track.
So one would assume liberals and independents alike would be pleased that finally, we have a president who came in and hit the ground running. But no, no love for Obama; it was not enough. After years of suppression under the Bush administration, the far-left progressives and independents expected a president that would get things done immediately – but not move too fast. They let loose a wish list of democratic goals to be accomplished within a year, or they would vote republican. They made good on their threat because the demands were not met fast enough.
These voters were those quietly grousing about when Bush was in office. Where were they then? They were sitting it out obviously, because we all remember the consequences of speaking out under President Bush. Who could forget having to shelve individual free speech rights to avoid being singled out as being “unpatriotic?” If anything George W. Bush was good at, it was knowing how to stifle the masses.
Time and time again, the far-left and independents have created the dismal circumstances we find ourselves in simply because they can’t stop lambasting the President and the Democratic Party. Then when miffed, they gladly hand over power to the Republican Party. These people are so far-left, they’re right.
Had far-left progressives and independents shown more patience in November, the nation and citizens would be better served today. How dysfunctional are we not to realize that whenever republicans are in power they have always succeeded to squander the nation’s treasury? How did that slip anyone’s mind?
Consequently, now as a nation, we find ourselves in a much dire economic quagmire than ever before – at the precipice of national default, and wondering if the republicans will be so consumed by greed tht they will allow the country to collapse.
And while the President and the leaders of both parties hold private meetings daily, pundits are quibbling over whether the deficit talks will result in “cuts” or “slashes.” Pointless semantics, really, when the news report of what to expect was already announced: Be prepared to see drastic changes in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements as well as government services.
It will not be pretty.
As for President Obama – he is doing the best he can, with what little he has. He’s not to blame; the fault belongs to the people who blame him for their problems. Any outrage should be directed at the ones who created the situation we are facing right now.
So don’t be surprised when once the budget is completed and announced, people will be so outraged that they will hurl silly threats at President Obama, such as not voting for him in 2012. Again.
Does anyone really think President Obama is concerned about not being reelected in 2012? Would he be making drastic budget cuts if he had an inkling of concern? I doubt it. He’s wearing a facial expression that reads, “I will do whatever needs to be done, and do as much as I possibly can, but should I be a one-term President, so be it. The voters will make that decision.”
I, myself, will not be happy with any cuts in entitlements and government services, but anger toward President Obama is nonsense. Look to republicans to blame for their irresponsible actions in dealing with the nation’s debt. Then look in the mirror and ask this question: Which party did I vote for in the midterm election?
© July 12, 2011 Reiko Eoh