I usually don’t talk about politics. Talking about that and religion are the quickest ways of turning friends into distant acquaintances, acquaintances into enemies and family into… well, they’re still family, but family get-togethers turn into battlefields. That’s because we’re passionate about our opinions and our opinions are usually shackled to our egos and to refute our opinion is a direct attack upon who we are. And that just rubs us the wrong way. Our opinions are also based on our direct life experiences and upbringing. So, everybody’s opinion will be slightly different from everyone else’s. If you are blessed enough to be a self-aware person then you don’t view a difference of opinion as a personal attack. You just assume that the person who differs from you is misguided and in need your prayers and help. Well, here I go with my opinion. Please feel free to pray for me. That will be help enough.
I’ve been watching the news and all I hear is how President Obama is pushing to get this legislation or that legislation passed as quickly as possible. What I don’t get is why the rush? When he was campaigning he promised (maybe that’s the problem, it was a politician’s promise) that his administration would be transparent. Now, I’m not a genius, a rocket scientist or an Ivy School grad but I know to be transparent with information is to allow people enough time to take in and understand that information. Otherwise it’s the same as keeping it a secret. So what’s the real reason for the rush? In my experience when someone tries to rush a decision it’s usually for personal reasons and their arguments don’t stand up to scrutiny or debate. A confident person allows their ideas to be debated, investigated and run through the ringer. A person that has the well being of others as his motive wants to know if the idea, plan or legislation is sound. An unconfident person with ulterior motives will push an idea, plan or legislation quickly through the approval process to avoid scrutiny, criticism and suggestions for improvement. Which one sounds like President Obama and his supporters in Washington?
What also doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy is when President Obama says “Let me be clear” and he isn’t. I’m left thinking what did he say or what did he mean? Also, I would have more respect and trust in him if he would have real news conferences. Not the staged ones with the questions handed out in advance for which he has a well prepared response on the teleprompter. If he believes his ideas are good, worthwhile and would truly help the country than he would be excited to present them and be intimately aware of their details and impact. He wouldn’t need to say, “Let me be clear” because he would be. He could provide examples of the legislations impact at many different levels. He would also be able to interpret the affect on a situation presented to him. I understand that to be an effective and engaging leader you don’t need to be an expert on everything, but you better know where to get the answers. That being said I would even like it if he would defer to an expert on his team that explained the impact on the example given. If he was presented a problem or issue the current legislation couldn’t or didn’t address he could do wonders for the country if he would set the example for perseverance by addressing that issue. So many people try, fail and then quit. He could show them how to try, try, and try again. Also, when President Obama is preaching bipartisanship don’t accuse everybody who disagrees with you as being partisan. President Obama and the democrats have enough votes to pass basically anything they want. They need to open themselves up to scrutiny and criticism from others to show they are honest and have everyone’s interest at heart. Then if another idea comes to light that is acceptable and beneficial; embrace it and give the appropriate credit. Remember, all legislation is to benefit all Americans not just a few.
All elected officials need to remember that we’re a government of the people, by the people and for the people as the great President Lincoln said so eloquently in his Gettysburg Address. In this modern age it isn’t difficult to find out what we think and what we want. And never assume that we don’t know these things or that you know better. Government should always take to heart and perform the will of the governed. Remember it was due to the initial will of the governed that gave you your job. And remember what the Declaration of Independence says regarding the peoples’ rights and duties, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Failure to remember these wise words will lead President Obama and other politicians into an early career of book writing and speaking engagements.