Can Americans Handle the Truth?

February 23, 2012

Opinion, Politics

America’s Burden of Change Rests with Citizens not Obama

By:  George Addison

Article first published as Can Americans Handle the Truth? on Technorati.

Americans are cynical about politicians  and the promises they fail to keep.  President Barack Obama has also endured ups and downs during his first term, similar to that of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and others.  Tea Party members have been accused of impeding the government and many believe that the republican leaderships voting tactics  against President Obama, along with the Republican Presidential field’s rhetoric pits citizens against one another and their own self-interest.

Democrats have at times, lost their way by pushing agendas other than that of the peoples “change” mandate.  Both sides did little to compromise.  Add an erratic economy, a stagnant housing market and chaos ensues.  The Republican Presidential candidates seem to be echoing the 2008 GOP platform with new faces and few new ideas.

Is Obama truly the blame, or have people failed to remember that “We The People,” means exactly that?  What if you recall politicians, reset mortgages and demonstrated against bailouts.  Would it have made a difference?  President Obama may not be “all things to all people,” but few people are ever in that category.  The current pandering and half-truths expressed by republicans brings this excerpt from his 2008 “This is your Victory,” speech to mind.

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.  I promise you, we as a people will get there.  There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

Santorum and Romney during Arizona Debate. Photo Courtesy CNN

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.  This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.  It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.  Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.

In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people.  Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

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