Ok, I’m a WASP. Most of you know me as the racist, sexist homophobic LOI, but surprisingly I have some LIBERAL friends. And Oh what a contrast there is on my facebook page. I haven’t responded yet, and may not anytime. My first thought was negative, second, third, fifth, well, I have few positive thoughts about our Commander-in-Chief. But when I finally stepped back, I have to admit what appears to be a janitor getting a fist bump from THE President, well that is kinda cool. For him. The janitor. And maybe for African-Americans as a whole. Here it is MLK’s day. How many years did it seem having a black man for president was strange fiction just like putting a man on the moon? But then we did reach the moon, so whats another good analogy?
Moving on, we’ve been to the moon and elected Obama. It never was an issue to me about his skin color, but I was not raised facing racism. I wasn’t ever the minority. As I grew up, the whole black/white thing just wasn’t important to me. My friends were all colors and we didn’t pay attention to it among ourselves. And it makes me wonder what my friend is thinking, why they are so proud of our president for a fist bump? I don’t go on facebook often, so I might have missed any negative posts they made, but I’d bet they have never posted anything negative about Obama. Aren’t we supposed to be critical about those we elect to serve us? I know I’ve said some very negative things about Bush and think I was right to do so.
Do liberals get a free pass on their rose color glasses double standard? My first negative thought on Obama:
Attacked Libya? No congressional approval!
Fix the corruption in WallStreet? How, by hiring all of them for your administration?
But my mind didn’t wonder long or far as I caught up on the other posts. Kent had a few interesting articles, but what caught my attention was one from Judy. Let me ask everyone to form an opinion on this first. Do you think the US soldiers that were killed at the Ft. Hood shooting should receive the purple heart?.(1)(2)
Since then I’ve asked a few people what they thought on the Ft. Hood victims.
A liberal thought, “they were at work, so yeh, they should get them”.
A vet thought, “they should get death benefits, but not the purple heart. Unless they displayed valor in some way”. I’m not going to say I have the answer here, but it was a terrorist attack. Call it a domestic, or home grown terrorist but no one buys “workplace shooting” . Sorry, but that is insulting.
And I am OK with my FaceBook friends having their own thoughts on things. We don’t have to agree on everything. But this does make me want to rant. I know the “My President” person pretty well. She is a truly beautiful, happily married, mother of one. Pretty intelligent and well-informed on most issues, or so I thought.
Yes, OK, he is photogenic. Is he Presidential? Shouldn’t that be the question? I get that you like him and can even see why that might be, but how about the job he’s done?
Has he earned re-election because of his handling of the economy? Still Bushes fault? Didn’t he say if we passed the stimulus, he would fix the economy and get us back to work? He said himself that he would be a one-termer if that failed. He doesn’t have to explain any of his failures, you do it for him.
Foreign policy? He hasn’t closed Gitmo, but did get us out of Iraq ( a little later than promised). Are you happy we attacked Libya? How have things gone in Egypt with his deft moves? Syria is shelling it’s own towns. Libya was a “humanitarian mission”, why is he silent on Syria?
He promised our health costs would drop when ObamaCare was passed. Mine has gone up about two grand? I’m not in a union or with McDonald’s, so I missed out on all those exemptions he was handing out to his buddies.
How many major promises has he broken? What does it take before you will say he has failed? Maybe he is a great guy (not to me ) but he’s not a great president. Not just by my standards, by yours and his standards. All the criticism you, me and Obama heaped on Bush and the Republicans, judge him by that and he has failed miserably. He is more unpopular than George Bush with Muslims worldwide! Could you have ever predicted that happening?
I’ve known people who vote their party line, both Democrat and Republican, and loyalty to a party is something we have all seen. But if you gush “My President” over this guy, I think you are willfully ignorant. Blinded by the vision he promises to the reality he has delivered.