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Editorial: President Obama — truly a man of his word
Guest ColumnJuly 24, 2013 | 1,344 views | 1 comment
By Fred Ohnesorge
President Obama is a man of his word. When he campaigned for the presidency he said he would “ ... transform the nation.” He spoke about change, “change we could believe in, change that came from outside Washington, ... change that would not come if we waited for it.”
He has been true to his word ... the America he was given to protect, to care for, has seen change, both internationally and domestically. President Obama has accomplished the transformation he promised.
The United States is no longer a force for good on the world stage. We have scaled back our influence. We practice a new strategy of “leading from behind.” We are more understanding of nations who may disagree with us, we are more “flexible” with old Cold War buddy Mr. Putin. If you are a terrorist organization, like al-Qaida, and you are unhappy with us in a part of the world and want to act on your displeasure, go ahead. If you happen to kill four Americans, one being our ambassador, no problem. We were being imperialistic and probably had it coming. As Secretary Clinton so famously asked, “What does it matter?”
Arab spring, summer, or fall, don’t worry about a thing. Israel wears big boy pants and they can take care of themselves. Iran really isn’t building a bomb. With all that oil, they are tired of leaving such a large carbon footprint and want to do the right thing and go green by building nuclear reactors, for peaceful purposes of course.
We continue to make friends and mend fences throughout the world. We are such good friends with China that they have loaned us a little money in our time of need. What is 1.7 trillion among friends? Especially a communist friend who, if they dumped their ownership of our debt, could ultimately reduce our currency to such a low value we could not service the rest of our debt without wrecking our already fragile economy. So you can see that throughout the world we have gone from being a beacon of light and a leader among nations, to a small role bit player on the world stage with a bad credit problem. Now that is change you can believe in.
But wait, not all of President Obama’s talents have been wasted on the international front, he has accomplished so much right here at home.
Remember the old adage “charity begins at home”? President Obama does. First thing he did in office was make sure that if anybody got sick, they would have insurance so they could see a doctor. We think. If you’re not too old or too sick. The legislation had to be passed first so we could see what was in it and how it could work. We are seeing now just how well it works. It is working so well that hundreds of waivers have been given to big businesses, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been temporarily suspended for the other businesses that couldn’t get a waiver. Let’s just call this a work in progress. But once it gets going, look out. It will be a shining example of government at its best, with the IRS there to help to make sure we all get our chance to participate.
Stress is a leading factor in health issues. President Obama recognized this and took immediate action. Remember the days when not having a job was frowned upon and folks were socially ostracized? No more! With 11.8 million folks unemployed and more than 1 million no longer looking, the stress of not being gainfully employed is lessened and the social stigma associated with being unemployed is alleviated. Unemployment rates have been so high for so long we are creating a new norm. With virtually half of the population on some sort of government assistance, the stress is further reduced. Ain’t life grand?
With fewer folks making an income, the IRS workload is lessened. That’s a good thing. Remember, besides having to enforce the Affordable Care Act by assessing penalties, oops, I mean collecting the tax incurred if you don’t buy government insurance, they have their hands full investigating these conservative groups applying for 501c tax-exempt status. To me it seems a waste of valuable resources asking these groups about their politics, or what goes on in their meetings, or who they talk with. The NSA has all that covered already. When it comes to snooping, they seem to have all the bases covered. Emails, cell phones, drones, Internet use -- George Orwell may have written the book, but these guys have taken his ideas and run with them. You would think government would learn to work together. Much like President Obama has brought our country together.
“There is not a Black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America,” according to President Obama. Starting with a beer summit at the White House and continuing with the Trayvon Martin case, President Obama has been fully engaged in bringing our nation’s differences to the forefront. Helping us to examine what makes us different and raising the level of those conversations to a fevered pitch. Rather than taking the easy position as most presidents would as a unifying force and being a voice of reason in an attempt to bring calm to this current discourse, President Obama has boldly taken the position that not only could Trayvon have been his son, he himself could have been Trayvon in his own early years. A little civil unrest is just what the doctor ordered. No pain, no gain. This continued focus on the differences of our people is the tough love we need to become a stronger more unified nation.
President Obama once said, “You can’t let your failures define you -- you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.” I dare say we as a nation under his guiding hand have been doing lots of learning. Once we were viewed as a nation that proudly led the free world, encouraged greatness at home in its people, and focused on the sameness that made us a model for all nations. What we are now becoming is a nation that lacks a conviction in its place in the world, and a sense of what made us great here at home. Fractured and splintered among race and economic class.
We can hardly recognize the country we love. Warts and all, it was still the best the world had to offer.
Can it be again? I would forward this letter to President Obama’s office, but I think the NSA has taken care of that.
Thank you, President Obama, for being a man of your word. The transformation is complete.
Fred Ohnesorge is a business owner and resident of Floresville.
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