Watching the news can be difficult sometimes because you never really know what is going on despite the story presented to you. Recently, I have heard many journalists cite that the American people are disappointed with the job that Barack Obama is doing as the President of the United States of America.
Are you one of those Americans?
Well… I am going to give you five reasons why I am not…
- The United States credit rating was downgraded by S&P (Standard and Poor’s) from AAA to AA+ not because our President is a bad leader but because of political instability in Washington meaning our elected congressional leaders are putting their egos before the policy that would be in the best interest of the people and not enough revenue coming in to sustain our current debt levels which means we need to stop spending as much and bring in additional revenue. In an interview with CNN, John Chambers, head of sovereign ratings for S&P, said the slowness at raising the debt ceiling and the political infighting led to the move.
- I say this all of the time but our government is composed of three branches of government. There is no way that you can put all of the blame for our nation’s problems on the head of the President without examining the role that our Legislative Branch has played in the problems that ail this country. Although the Executive Branch is the most visible branch because in most people’s eyes it is only made up of the President (very far from the truth), he is but one voice among the 100 Senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives. Yes, he has veto power but something must happen on the legislative level to get to him for him to act. If he had total power to control the destiny of our country, we would live in a dictatorship, not a democracy.
- We are not socialist society. Many people are upset that the President is not “doing more” or focusing enough on jobs creation. Most of you will agree that accomplishing this task would cause additional government spending, yet you don’t want to raise taxes on the wealthier Americans nor do you want to cut spending in other areas. Where will we get the money to invest in job creation? Our country has a debt of over $17 TRILLION and it literally took an act of Congress to secure measures to have a means to pay what we already owe. Since coming into office, he has faced one crisis after another, what you be saying if he chose not to focus on those issues and turned his blinders on to single-mindedly focus on creating jobs which means increasing spending.
- One of the most crass excuses that I have heard in criticizing our President is that “he compromises too much.” Ummmm… I know we would like to believe that sticking to your guns regardless of what happens is the way to get what we want but in the real world, you have to be willing to compromise because you are never going to get everything that you want. Those politicians who are unwilling to compromise because it has to be their way or the highway are the ones who need to be booted from the political process. When you have 435 people in one group and 100 in another group needing to come to a consensus about running a country on behalf of more than 300 million Americans with varying interests; if compromise is not in your vocabulary then you are a part of the problem and not the solution.
- Those campaign promises… Yes, I remember them too but if you know anything about politics then you probably did like I did and took them for what they were – wishful thinking. You know how when you’re interviewing or just starting a new job, you have all of these grand ideas of how you would like things to be. Unlike most jobs, there is no job that prepares you to be President of the United States unless you are running for your second term or you were Vice-President. Anyone who is campaigning or has campaigned for President has campaigned based on ideals and if you truly believe that they will accomplish everything (or even half the things) that they planned, you are setting yourself up for a disappointment. Have you noticed how quickly one incident can alter the course of our history and change every decision that the President will have to make going forward?
As we prepare to hear increased campaign rhetoric from the next group of Presidential hopefuls, I would like to encourage you not to get caught up in the words being spoken but to gain a better understanding of our political process and seek candidates that are willing to work with others to create a better society for ALL Americans. I don’t care if you vote for Obama or not but don’t blame him or place disappointment at his feet for circumstances beyond his control. Let’s put our focus on reclaiming democracy and electing leaders who are willing to put their party and personal politics aside for the people.