Congratulations! By winning the election, you have the dubious job of bringing Republicans and Democrats together in a difficult (NOT A CRISIS) time. I think the most effective way of preventing that from happening is to respond to Republican ideas by smugly saying "I won". All that talk of bipartisanship and bringing people together...what is the point of bringing people together if you are just going to closeline one group of people. I have no problem with you saying that you won and so you get to make the decisions, but don't set up some "bipartisan" parade and invite Republicans to the Super Bowl party only to jack them in the nose as soon as they open their mouths. Forego the rhetorical BS and just jack them in the nose from the start. Send a message. But, if you do that, you have to own it. Yeah, that is something that you have to do when you have responsibilities...something that is new to you. Your charm - which was never very strong for me because I actually listen to the words that come out of your mouth and attach meaning to them - is wearing off and this childish whining is extremely annoying. But, it's Barack's victory and he'll cry if he wants to!
The Change People Voted For?
Did people actually knowingly vote for specific changes? Because all I heard in the campaign was a very ambiguous promise of CHANGE. I don't believe people actually knew what they were voting for. They knew almost nothing about you, because you were "present" in the state senate and you campaigned for most of your US Senate stint. During the campaign you were painfully ambiguous on what you would actually do and the media protected you from having to answer real questions about it. So, I think you just ran at the right time when people just wanted any kind of change. But, you can't introduce radical budgets, spending bills, and programs and defend them by saying "hey, the people voted for this change". What happens when things go wrong? Can we blame you or will you blame the American people for wanting the change that produced so many bad results? As you haven't really owned anything yet, I am counting on the latter.
I love America. I have loved America and have been proud to be an American my whole life - not just recently like Ms. Obama. America is not perfect and every once in a while we realize that we need to tweak something to make us a better country. Tweaking and remaking are very different! Obama wants to give America a face lift; I just want to remove a few of America's moles. I am offended and shocked when Obama says we need to remake America. No, we don't! We need to change some things. We need to continue improving as a nation. Our foundation is good and our principles are solid, but he seems to want to change even those. I worry about my country.
So, those are some of my issues right now. I have a lot more to say, but I have realized that if I try to say everything I want to say in each of my posts, I end up with 10 incomplete posts waiting to be completed. So, this is what I have right now...