Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Obama Critics, Admit You Were Wrong

Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds -- including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and, given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader, unlikely Obama supporter -- are sticking with our President. Why? Because he is succeeding.

We Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.

Obama's steady supporters will be proved right. Obama's Lefty critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and his critics on the Right will be remembered as nothing but shriveled hate mongers.

The Context of the Obama Presidency

Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition -- from both the right and left.

As the President's poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

The left's lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling "prophecy" -- snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn't have anything to do with it!

Here is what Obama faced when he took office -- none of which was his fault:

  • An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries


  • Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral


  • The worst economic crisis since the depression


  • America 's standing in the world at the lowest point in history


  • A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war


  • A health care system in free fall


  • An educational system in free fall


  • A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)


  • An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left


  • A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration...


And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President's desk...

"Help" from the Right?

What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and half-baked conspiracy theorists -- that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office -- do to "help" our new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he wasn't a real American, didn't have an American birth certificate, wasn't born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating "racist", was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted "death panels" to kill the elderly!

They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized "tea parties" to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) "commentators" from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.

The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: "No!"

In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right, combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative warmongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs.

"Help" from the Left?

What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he'd inherited from the worst president in modern history!

Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the president's economic policies had "failed" before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office, they'd been "betrayed"! (Never mind that Obama's vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president's has been. Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!)

Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how "disappointed" they were that they'd not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the "change"? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals!

And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond. "Governing"?! What the hell does that word, uh, like mean?"

The President's critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality), thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-it-all commentators/talking heads who just couldn't imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren't as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn't consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!

The Obama critics' ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideas -- say, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the president had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office twice!

Meanwhile back in the reality-based community -- in just 12 short months -- President Obama:

  • Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq
    (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Restored America 's image around the globe (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Banned torture of American prisoners (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Stopped the free fall of the American economy (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Stood up for educational reform (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Won a Nobel peace prize (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Stopped the free fall of job losses (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the "blood of tyrants" watering the "tree of Liberty." (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


  • Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


Other than those "disappointing" accomplishments -- IN ONE YEAR -- President Obama "failed"! Other than that he didn't "live up to expectations"!

Who actually has failed...

...are the Americans that can't see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned "news" into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country.

Here's the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty "supporters" or hate-filled Republican detractors!

The Future Looks Good

I'm beginning to feel good about November for the first time in a while. Basically, as things get better, the Republicans have nowhere to go, and they're not any more popular themselves than they were before.

When Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts -- with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.

Just because we didn't get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.

28 comments:

Sue said...

Great post Frank! What is it about us and our need for Obama to be PERFECT? He has done an amazing job thus far but why can't we see it? Because MSM is biased and reports only the right and their idiot thinking and utter hate and disrespect for our Democrat black president?

I'm encouraged and thankful for your positive words about our countries future. We need to hear more of that kinda talk!

Annette said...

Thank You Mr. Schaeffer, Once again you have said what I have tried to say over and over.. I still have faith and respect for our President and believe in him and his ability to lead us in this troubled time. I have pointed these same things out many times but you do it so well.

I will be linking to you once again. Thanks for your encouraging and scolding words once more. You are truly a wise man.

Luke Gillespie said...

Thanks again for another great post and telling it like it is, Frank! I wish more people would speak out like this. It's such a shame that too many people are so short-sighted and can't seem to see the forest for the trees. As much as I disagreed and disapproved of the policies of President Bush and his administration, I never wanted or prayed for him to fail the way so many right-wing folks want and pray for President Obama to fail, despite Congressman Pence's promise at the GOP retreat with President Obama that the Republicans are praying for him and his family (hmm, I guess many right-wing folks didn't get the Republican memo on that one). They rationalize their hatred by hiding behind some stupid mantra about "government takeover" of this or that. For crying out loud, all elected politicians themselves have "government-run" health care: they are government employees! What hypocrites! Remember that one lady who called in to a town-hall meeting with candidate Obama before the election? She didn't want the government to have anything to do with her health care and said: "Lay off my medicare!" Amazing display of her ignorance, I'm sure shared by many.

I suppose right-wing folks will say that FDR was a communist for his New Deal, or even Teddy Roosevelt for helping to usher in the national parks (definitelly one of America's best ideas, as demonstrated in the outstanding documentary by Ken Burns recently), and say that Eisenhower was a communist (yes, some have said that!) for promoting the interstate highway system, or any public official is a communist who works for our fine public libraries, all supported by our government.

It's not how much or how little government that should be the main issue, but how well the government is functioning and how much corruption exists. There is plenty of corruption to go around from the private sector. Where have the tea-partiers been over the decades in the face of blatant corrupt business practices by a host of private companies?! See the excellent documentary called "The Warning" on PBS a few months ago where Alan Greenspan admitted at a congressional hearing that he was wrong and stated that capitalism must have some degree of regulation or it will collapse. Ultimately, we need to have a balance of both public and private to succeed as a society.

When people are asked if they want government to run their health care, a majority may say no, but when they are told about the specifics of this health-care bill, a majority support it. Go figure. Granted, I want a public option (I have not heard any politician from any party provide a way to really lower health costs significantly without a public option), but this bill, even without a public option, needs to pass. It's a step in the right direction.

People say they don't want any "re-distribution" of wealth or whatever. What do they think is going on right now with our health insurance companies and Republican tax and economic policies? Republicans "re-distribute" wealth themselves by shifting the tax burden from the rich to the poor. That's exactly what they've done here in Indiana. The Republican governor lowered property taxes to favor homeowners. I own a home, and while a few folks may have been able to buy a home (of course, due to President Obama's $8,000 for new homeonwers--one colleague I know benefited from this!) and benefit from such a property tax reduction, the majority of folks who can't afford to buy a home (all renters!) are left with nothing to show for it and get no benefit from such a tax cut. If that's not "re-distribution" of wealth, I don't know what is.

Anyway, I appreciate your post and totally agree with you! I wish your message would be spoken loud and clear in the media and every news outlet.

Bruce Miller said...

Do any of these "lefty" critics have names? Because even though I'm one of the Democrats who have been disappointed in Obama's first year-plus in office on some of the issues you named, I really don't know to whom you're referring in your list of "wasn't good enough" criticisms from the "left". A couple of examples:

Dick and Liz Cheney and a whole lot of other Republican politicians and commentators including Sarah Palin have criticized Obama's decision to end torture. What critics like human-rights attorney Scott Horton and Glenn Greenwald have criticized is Obama's expansive claims of government secrecy that still shields the Cheney-Bush torture policy from public and legal scrutiny. And they have also criticized his administration for the "look forward, not back" position of refusing to prosecute known torture perpetrators. The 1984 Torture Conventions signed by St. Ronald Reagan and approved by Congress obligate prosecutors to proceed against known torture cases; even prosecutorial discretion is ruled out as a reason not to prosecute. It's true, I'm alarmed and sad to say, that a basic concept of the rule of law and common decency like prosecuting *torturers* has become a left/right issue at all. But it really *is* a rule-of-law issue and a perfectly legitimate criticism.

Has anyone with actual names criticized Obama for not showing enough "immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition"? I honestly can't think of a single comment that I've heard or read that would fit that description. Has some member of the House Progressive Caucus made such a criticism? Has *The Nation* done an editorial demanding that Obama chuck his Secret Service protection and go mano-a-mano with some Tea Party blowhard? Not that I'm aware.

Samuel Sutter said...

I'm not convinced. I think there is a disconnect between the Change and Hope that the president projected during the campaign and the actual reality of governing. I think he's done a decent job, but I'm not sure that anyone could have lived up to the spirit on which he campaigned. Some (not all) of his now disappointed supporters were naive to project their own hope/ideas of change into an office that is restricted in a lot of ways.

John F. DeFelice said...

I have a lot of faith in President Obama's actions. Then again, I'm a moderate with only modest expectations in times like these. While the opposition from the left is disappointing, the violent rhetoric from the right is disturbing. I tend to believe that violent words are usually followed historically by violent deeds. But so far, so good with this presidency. I have never seen a president face such determined and arrogant opposition and bounce back stronger again and again.

Mauigirl said...

Great post, Frank, and thanks to Annette for pointing me to your blog. I'm adding you to my blogroll and will be back soon to catch up on your older posts!

tnlib said...

Bravo.

I've lost my cool more than once on my blog and in the comment sections of my fellow liberal bloggers about this very thing. "I want it all and I want it now." Such people not only do not know their history, they do not understand how the political process works. We don't get 100 percent of what we want the minute we want it. I feel like I have a new batch of kids to raise.

And as you so accurately point out Mr. Schaeffer, no president in the history of our country has been stonewalled by Congressional opposition to the extent that Obama has. No president has met with the vitriol, the naked racism and the cold mean hatred that Obama has had to endure.

The fact that the man has been able to accomplish anything is a minor miracle.

Bruce Miller said...

"No president has met with the vitriol, the naked racism and the cold mean hatred that Obama has had to endure." Oh, please. Have you heard of the Clinton administration? I would highly recommended the book by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, "The hunting of the President: the ten-year campaign to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton" (2000).

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you, Mr. Schaeffer, for continuing to support our President. I think he is remarkable. The other day on MSNBC's Morning Joe actor Tom Hanks said, "We have elected a wise and calm man." I could not agree more. He needs our support!

I always look forward to seeing you on Rachel Maddow --- you frequently bring much needed sense in the face of so much hyperbole.

Sue said...

Bruce is right. The campaign against the Clintons was the most evil I have ever seen. I think even more so then what Obama has endured. It's plain and simple, Rethugs HATE with violent passion, Democrats.

Mickey Rowe said...

I am there with you Mr. Schaeffer! I never saw Candidate Obama walk on water, and I did not think I would witness it even after President Obama took the Oath of Office “twice”. And I don't think that was an accident either, but it was a shoddy attempt by Chief Justice Roberts to illegitimize his presidency from the very beginning!

The President is an honest man and a good man who is faced with so much hatred and too many unreasonable expectations from so many groups including some gays and African-Americans! I can say that, because I belong to both these groups, and I hear the complaints from within. I try to remind them that he is the President of the United States and not the “Black Liberal-leaning” President of the United States. He has to administer to the nation and never to any one group.

As a black man, I understand what it means to be looked upon as uppity if you are educated. The irony is that this country encourages its minorities to aspire to the rise up (bootstraps or not) and join in the great American dream. Funny thing… sometimes you’re accused of being uppity; when you do what you’re told you’re expected to do in this country. I guess it’s Okay just as long as you don’t compete for the same things that the “entitled” believe are theirs inherently, and just don’t get in their way.

I expect President Obama will serve 2 terms and history will place him amongst the greatest of our presidents who came into office facing the greatest of adversities.

Izgad said...

When Obama was elected president I was a believer in privatized medicine as well as privatized pretty much everything else. In essence if I can imagine a plausible way for private industry to do something I want them to do it and not the government. What in a year and a half has changed that I should all of a sudden support government health care?

So I will continue to calmly present my case in a way that does not demonize those who disagree with me. I can only hope that my opponents have the decency to not demonize people like me the way that you, Mr. Schaeffer, do.

Barry Considine said...

Frank as usual you are right. I was very disappointed that some liberals have been so quick to throw Pres. Obama under a bus. Like you I have very high hopes for what will be accomplished during the Obama years. Governing is a slow process. I am a strong supporter of medical marijuana. Since California first passed its medical marijuana initiative in 1996 I have watched as one state after another has passed its on medical marijuana laws. It is a slow process. With determination we will succeed. With similar determination we will get health care reform, banking reform and the educational system we need to lead once again. What we really need is progressive thinking in American industry. If Detroit had listened to us hippies when we started "Earth Day" we would have a completely non-polluting car. When or if we manage to build that vehicle the world will be beating on our door to buy it and clammering to hail us once again as the great world leaders we are.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I am very happy to read this, as I've been saying this to my liberal family and friends who do nothing but complain and find fault since Mr. Obama took office.

I have been and continue to be impressed with Mr. Obama. He is exactly what this country needs at this time.

Thank you for making a clear presentation on what he has had to face and all he has accomplished despite it.

TOM said...

Passionate hate for Presidents is nothing new. FDR and Nixon were hated for different reasons. One goes down in History for being a good President, one for being a bad President.
I was never an Obamamaniac. I know there is no such thing as a political messiah. The higher the expectations, the harder the fall.
I wondered just how racism would work its way into this administration, it was never a question IF it would.
Racism is irrational. Irrational is one way to describe the behavior of the Republicans.
Of course the republicans like to say it's just a difference in policies, but then where are their alternatives?
I expected much worse against the first black President. Given everything (you defined it well) things are going better than I expected. That, I think, is due to President Obama's good efforts.

destined to speak up said...

Right you are Frank and bravo for speaking up as you do. In regard to the health care battle, I find it ridiculous and disgusting that Republicans and some Democrats too are against what the president is trying to accomplish. The nastiness being spewed is full of hatred and very un-Christian behavior. I could not believe that Republicans actually stand up and say that health care is a priviledge and not a right! They might say what they really mean...healthcare is for the priviledged in this country and the under priviledged can just suffer until they die.

Tom Baxter said...

Great post. Only a few trillion more and the bankster bailout started under Bush will succeed. The provision of zero interest loans to banksters has enabled the stock market to soar. As long as the Iraqis allow us to assure the right wins, we will withdraw secure in the knowledge that Iraqi children will still have double the rate of acute malnutrition than under Saddam. Israel will have access to billions of war supplies forward we forward deployed there. The kill ration of Afghan/Pak civilians will be maintained at one to one of SUSPECTED terrorist. Obama will never admit that Israel will have the bomb. Obama told us he would lay waste to Afghanistan and Pakistan to project American power and he's doing it.

lmteal said...

Awesome post. Thank you, Mr. Schaeffer, for saying what you did about our President.

The public needs to hear precise words that convey what President Obama inherited and what he has done in such a short time in office. You did that, sir.

When it is all said and done, his presidency will be remembered as nothing less than remarkable. He truly has achieved what no other President has and regardless of those who find themselves shifting momentum, which is yet another symptom of a troubled nation, he will prevail. Your narrative on his performance and the backlash in face of such achievements made my heart ache for our first black president. Yet, I am hopeful and pray that he and his family continue to remain strong amidst such adversity.

Thank you, again, for your words and insight.
Lorette'

Sherman said...

Thank you. When will this post be allowed to reach network news and have an audience that can really reflect on what progress has been made in just over 1 year from a person who is trying to do the best he can with what he has to work with.

John Simmons said...

First of all, I believe that the following are patently untrue, or at least a strong case can be made that this is speculative spin.

* Restored America 's image around the globe (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

* Stopped the free fall of the American economy (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

* Stopped the free fall of job losses (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

These may be true but are undesirable in their execution.

* Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

In other words, killing off more of our economy because chicken little says so: http://www.thegwpf.org/ipcc-news/1670-hal-lewis-my-resignation-from-the-american-physical-society.html

* Won a Nobel peace prize (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

It was premature. This and the prize for Al Gore has largely destroyed the credibility of the Nobel.

* Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

Socialized medicine that is a clear setup to fail and deliver a single-payer system, without a single system reform (Republicans DID send up counter solutions, but they were ignored). We need reform, but nothing would have been better than this.

I do have to agree that most of the left and a great deal of the right behaved as if they were insane, and that Obama had walked into a tough situation. The real problem is that he is following an agenda which he intends to force on the American people, whether they like it or not. The election that gave the house back to the GOP is a real vote as to what the American people think of that.

Your characterization of the extreme elements, the fringe of libertarians and conservatives are usually people that we ignore. They were played up in the media to try to marginalize libertarians/conservatives, which is at least as bad as those people who called all Obama democrats socialists or worse. As distasteful as these sophmoric behaviors are on either the right or the left, they serve as distractions from real problems, which some of us are trying to keep our focus on.

For example, the constant dialog about "tea baggers" as haters, racists and the like, serve as a nice distraction from the one issue on which they are united, and also the one issue which is the major failure of the Obama presidency: Fiscal Responsibility.

And then there is this sentence:

"In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right, combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative warmongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs."

Really? Is this the type of rhetoric that your "ex-religious-right-poster-child" writing has degenerated to? It makes you sound like the folks you are describing.

tokyoterri said...

Thank you Frank. We who continue to support President Obama have a rare opportunity to turn the discourse in that direction.

We already know that the republicans are insane with discomfort-to-anger about having an outstanding Black man as President. They will scream about fiscal responsibility, but of course, they were nowhere to be heard when GWB did the country 8 years of fiscal disservice.

We also already know that they want to keep him a one-termer, and so therefore, everything they do will be focused on that goal.

So, now, the republican mandate to destroy his presidency will be in full view - our job is to make it clear even to those people who don't pay attention to politics. Every time the republicans try to destroy progressive legislation, we need to make sure our friends and relatives know what's been done, who has done it and why.

And for people on the left who insist that this frenzy against President Obama is 'not as bad as President Clinton' or, 'they hate all Democratic presidents', as an African American woman I shake my head. Perhaps these are people whose direct experience with racism may be limited, and so they may not be fully aware of what they're seeing (I'm trying to give allies the benefit of the doubt). I know what I see and feel and racism is a large part of this insanity.

but, crazy as it may be, I do have faith in the sane Americans. We just need to reach out to them in a more consistent way, and the republicans will help us by making it very, very easy to see what they stand for - which means the majority of us no good at all.

rose_macaskie said...

I would just like to point out that during the State of the Union Address; President Obama suggested a higher tax to companies that outsource American jobs overseas. All Democrats stood up and clapped. Not ONE Rebulican did so Not one. However they did manage to shout out Liar! I think everyone needs to acknowledge the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed special interest to purchase our leaders, through campaign contrabutions.

Kiku said...

Thanks Mr. Schaeffer. I agree.

President Obama has been a good leader, he had a vision and has followed through, along with solving lots of other problems.

We have not been good at paying attention to it. I don't understand our insistence on holding onto things that don't get done. There will always be things that get done.

Even worse, the people holding on to the missteps feel that they are the only ones working for change to push us forward. There is no sense of political understanding.

Thanks for your efforts. We need more voices like yours. It's hard to get it out with our media, and now we are witnessing the fall of MSNBC.

Chanel said...

I am from South Africa and would like to comment Frank that this article is excellently written. I admire your President, I admire his character, I admire how he has handled critism so well. He is a man of intellect, he is a father, he is a husband and he is a leader of the world's greatest and most powerful country. In order for the mouths of the barking dogs that bark critism around him, they will be silenced when he serves another term. In closing I am going to add a Scripture from the Bible that says "PRAY FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY" and it looks like President Obama is not being covered in prayer hence why the dogs are barking around him. But they will be silenced.

Chanel said...

I want to say one more thing to the Americans, thank God for your President, at least America has a SUPER INTELLIGENT PRESIDENT, come to South Africa and then compare if your President is not doing anything...I rest my case...dont look at the colour of his skin, look at the content of his character, has he ever disgraced you all that you had to hide your head in shame.....instead of critising him PRAY FOR HIM, prayer changes things, he needs prayer now more than ever. He is a very humble man, and what thing for certain is that God gives grace to the humble.

BluCowgirl said...

Frank, i agree with the large majority of what you have said here and am glad someone stepped up to say it. i feel as if all of the sane sides of the debate we have to have are trying to have the debate and the extremes, on both sides, are determined to not allow the sane among us to have ANY debate whatsoever. It is a true shame that our country will continue the mess we are in until we solve a LOT of the issues before us as a nation and with the loud interfearence, mostly from the reich, but from the way out there on the left too, we will not be able to have the debate we need to have and that is exactly what the destroyers from all sides want, EXACTLY - If we can not have the debate, the destroyers win! That way they have just what they want, the status quo and/or the regression that they desire!

Although i feel as though i should speak up and "hold the president's feet to the fire" to make any president a better president, that holding of feet does not include destroying him or her as a leader and a human being....

Thank you for your writings, they are ALWAYS enlightening and thought provoking for me and i truly appreciate it!

Amy said...

Ummm.... revisit ur little section on what has Obama done in 12 months... half that shit has been undone and he has totally fucked us on the International stage. I know ur in love w/him but look at the facts...