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Oh yeah? Well you’re a stupid-head, Mr. Republican

Posted by doatmon on February 25, 2009

Okay, that title might be a tad juvenile, but also appropriate I think.

I posted a facebook status comment today that as expected, generated some attention and I wanted to take a little more time and a few more characters to explain my thoughts.

I want you to close your eyes.

Wait, no, don’t do that.  That’s like a casino Pit Boss telling you to put away your wallet.  None of us are getting anywhere if you follow either of those instructions.  But you get the point.  Prepare yourself for the image I am about to woefully unsuccessfully paint for you.

A confident, dapper former US Senator from Illinois stands in front of hundreds of people and has everyone murmuring in reverent tones about his political and oratorical prowess.  This former US Senator presents poetic prose and speaks of the need for an investment in new forms of energy…he passionately promotes the need for an over-hauled education system…he eloquently and effusively makes a case for more and better health care for Americans.

Okay, now open your eyes snap out of your happy place and tell me whether that speech was delivered in September in Podunk, Pennsylvania or last night in the hallowed halls of Washington, DC.  Without a calendar and google, you can’t do it, can you?  That was my problem with last night’s speech.  My comment to my facebook cronies was as follows: “I am wondering if Obama knows he isn’t campaigning anymore and actually has to RUN the country now. That speech was presidential candidate and not Presidential.”

And I mean it.  There is no doubt that the man is exceedingly intelligent, charasmatic beyond comprehension and most likely a better choice for this country than John McCain.  I concede all of that.  But my comments on President Obama when he was running still hold true.  I had concerns that he had not been in an elected executive position.  I think this lack of experience is showing through.  Our country is crumbling around us.  Financially we appear to be in a free-fall.  We are still battling two overt wars and countless covert “wars” with countries like Russia and Iran and groups like Al Qaeda and Hamas.  Our reputation as a nation, after experiencing a brief bump after the November election is still somewhere down around that of stall-hound, George Michael.

We do not need oratory.  We need leadership.  We don’t need scolded.  We need leadership.  We don’t need threatened.  We need leadership.  And that leadership is where I feel Mr. Obama is falling short.  By most accounts, the executive branch has been VERY hands-off throughout this “stimulus” process.  There have been thinly veiled threats, public stonings, statements of need and defensive posturing.  But the details and the “heavy lifting” were done by Congress.  That’s what Obama was elected to oversee. And sadly, that’s not what Congress appears capable of doing.

I had high hopes for the speech last night.  I really did.  I have high hopes for our country and for this administration.  I really do.  But I fear that the tone of several comments in response to my facebook status personify the problem in Washington right now.  I am not the bad guy.  Republicans are not the bad guys (and for the record, don’t make me write another ‘I swear I am an independent’ blog).  It’s not a matter of either or.  We’re beyond that.

I readily concede that the pundits and commenters are right.  Bobby Jindal certainly wasn’t any better.  But Jindal is the Governor of a state that barely exists at this point.  He’s not the President. The nation didn’t elect Bobby Jindal.  Baton Rouge did.  The nation elected a man who it felt had ideas and who it felt would make them forget about yesterday and promised to lead them to a better today and a better tomorrow.

At this point, I desperately want to be able to recognize the difference.

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