Don’t be Fooled Obama is Still Fighting for Change

Obama fights on for change

President Obama is doing the best he can to govern this nation. He’s pragmatic and works for the good of the whole. Unfortunately he can’t please everyone all the time. Because this is an intense transformational time period, reform and reconstruction is the name of the game. Obama campaigned on the word “change”. Many say everything is still the same or in other words a continuation of the Bush policies. That’s not true.

Obama consistently addresses multiple issues and groups at once. But it’s going to take time to resolve all the issues especially when so many are urgent at the same time. He’s already tackled concerns like fair pay for women, education, healthcare reform, nuclear arms reduction, Supreme Court nominations, change in NASA, the recovery act that saved the economy, saving the auto industry and thousands of associated jobs, and lots more.

This is when a broader perspective is needed to actually understand what is truly taking place. True change represents the transformation of big government, big banking, big corporations and big organizations. If you step back and look at it from a wide angle, change is exactly what is taking place with this new administration. Obama, as a visionary, is in charge of this rocky road to a new America that leads the world and stands solidly with allies in strength.

We now have two women in the Supreme Court for the first time in our nation’s history with the potential of having three. One is of Latino descent for a first as well.
Obama himself is a first by being the first African American president and leader of the free world. Because of a near banking collapse under the Bush administration, we are now in the process of financial reform legislation that will include much needed regulation.

Because of the horrible Gulf oil spill and explosion and the coal mine disaster, more reform is going to take place to protect us from further disasters of a manmade nature. We have yet to see the true and final ramifications of this oil spill disaster. Where is the GOP’s outcry of saving the taxpayers from this expense? They are silent other than continuing the concept of the need to “drill baby drill”!

Climate/Energy change and immigration reform are on the horizon. Senator John Kerry and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced new reform legislation on Climate Change. Republican Lindsay Graham, who was also part of creating this legislation, was not present on the announcement. Maybe he was still upset at the potential of immigration reform becoming a priority due to the new Arizona immigration law that is currently being loudly boycotted by the city of Los Angeles.

Ultimately and hopefully “too big to fail” will be become a thing of the past. We can no longer operate with a very small percentage of the world population holding all the wealth while the majority simply suffers and struggles for a basic foundational life. The American Dream has been sought out by many from all over the world. We are being robbed of that very dream right here in America by those that have taken greed to a whole new level.

Beware of those politicians and commentators who claim to speak for “real” Americans. They are Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh and many of the GOP in congress. They are cashing in on the despair, the struggle, the mis-informed, the anger, and the racist hatred of this nation in the tune of millions with their lies and rhetoric intended to incite and polarize the country.

Sarah Palin is now writing a new book to be released in November. There was no substance in the first one but still millions bought the book and I guess millions will buy the second one. She is laughing all the way to the bank while presenting absolutely no substance or service other than consistent misleading information to the American people like the implication of “death panels” that almost single-handedly ruined healthcare reform for millions of Americans.

The GOP is now in the “I told you so” realm because now the healthcare reform law may cost more than originally estimated. That’s not a surprise. After all it was an estimate. In my opinion it’s better to have the healthcare for millions of Americans, (that are not on welfare contrary to popular belief) than spending that revenue on big banks to gamble with or tax cuts for the rich.

If we don’t have our health, we have nothing. Even jobs don’t have relevance if you are unable to work or if your children become dramatically ill. If big business simply reduces their bonuses to execs, it would provide jobs for many who are struggling. If big banks release funds for loans to small business and entrepreneurs, things could change.

Obama has called for new and different defense approaches to keeping our nation secure, including recognizing the poison existing in Pakistan while having to work with the Pakistan government in connection with Afghanistan. The President has to appear in partnership with the Afghan leader in the bigger picture. I don’t think he is naive at this point. He certainly has access to a lot more formal and secret intelligence than the average citizen or media personality.

For example, CNN journalist, Wolf Blitzer, interviewed Bill Maher to discuss the President’s domestic and foreign policy decisions. Am I missing something or is Bill Maher an expert on Presidential policy? But I do give CNN credit for going beyond their usual GOP contributors and their standard talking points.

We also need new and different approaches to job growth. If the Bush/Cheney tax cuts were so great for job growth and small businesses, where are the benefits? Where are the jobs? Where is the trickle down effect? We need to work together. Our spirits need to drive again toward the American Dream. And let’s realistically look at those who are your voices and look at who is getting wealthy in the process without any concern for the nation.

Look at the big oil people; look at the banking executives; look at the coal mine executives; look at wall street; look at Beck; look at Palin and look at Rush. Examine what they are cashing in on in the name of the people while they watch you suffer and struggle while inciting your rage in the process. What are they really doing for you and for this nation? Then look at what they are doing for themselves. Then look at the ideals that Obama represents and fights to “change” on behalf of you and this nation.

13 Replies to “Don’t be Fooled Obama is Still Fighting for Change”

  1. Good work Fran,

    I think much of what Obama is facing is related to the completely unrealistic expectations of the Left when he took office, but a more than a little of this was his own creation. Change is a very subjective and general term. To me, I am happy that the nation is changing back to what it used to be before the Bush years, but others want more. Obama is human and he only has one or two terms, so I have always though that expectations needed to be more realistic when it comes to his presidency.

  2. Fran, I’m so glad you’re on this beat. I agree — people need to be more realistic re what he can accomplish and need to be aware of how government works so they understand what he can and can not do.

    Here’s a joke we tell about the military: If someone drops a pencil, no one bends over to pick it up because there’s a procedure and a form that have to be filled out first and no one wants to do all that work.Ten people will stand there looking at the pencil and no one will touch it.

    Eventually, they’ll just go get a new pencil. That’s government.

  3. I have always tended to be an idealistic person but also I realize that the world is not perfect. I also believe that Change is only possible when you have people in charge who are realistic but also believe in idealism. That is why I supported and voted for Obama. I have become more liberal as I have gotten older but I am also conservative on some issues as well. I registered as a Republican in 1981 but have always voted for the person running, regardless of which political party they belong to. I refuse to support any party that uses hate and fear as a platform. After the last election I realized how much I hate politics, or what politics has become. Which is pretty ironic because my husband is the Mayor of our town. What I saw as I managed his campaign 3 years ago really opened my eyes. He is what I call a TRUE Public Servant. This is not a stepping stone to run for a higher office when he get tired of being Mayor. He is an honorable person who knows the difference between right and wrong. He saw problems in his hometown and knew he could try to correct them and make a difference. This political mentality is what is missing in Washington. And that is why we are in the mess we are in. So, the next time you get into a voting booth ask yourself “Does this candidate represent Public Service, honesty and wants to make a positive difference in office?” Its much easier to spot than you realize. If they run a mud-slinging, hate and fear based election, the “uglier the better” kind of election, what makes you think they are going to be any different once they are elected into office? If they run a positive election despite being attacked by their opponents, then they probably understand what a “Public Servant” really means. Thats the candidate we should all be proud to vote for.

  4. I am totally embarrassed b y our congress and by the Republicans in particular. History is not going to treat this lightly.

    And I dont blame you charlottesweb for hating politics. During Bush I was very upset at the Republican congress that just ran amuck. Now I am just plain screaming mad and Im sure my two republican Senators are tired of hearing from me.

    Thank god we have hannity and Rush to take the edge off

  5. You do need to make a correction to your article.

    Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman on the Court and Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second. They served together for more than a decade before O’Connor retired. History will be made when three women serve together, and that will occur when Kagan is confirmed.

  6. Obama wants to ramp up the failed drug war and now he is calling for UNIMPAIRED drivers to be punished!

    See Huffington Post since this site won’t let me publish the link.

  7. Obama wants to expand the failed drug war and is now calling for jail time for UNIMPAIRED drivers!
    See Huffington Post since this site won’t let me publish the link.

  8. @mxm, I would have no problem with the court being all women. as long, like men, they aways seen things my way

  9. Obama has made some (some) good moves, but he is very timid and accomadationist, not what we really need in a time of penultimate change and issues to determine whether we survive as a species or create a disaster of environmental proportions. Obama may have appointed a couple of solid lady judges–here, here! He has done some unheralded things but then he has nullified those in many minds by plugging the insane oil and gas wars in Middle East/Central Asia and is not savvy about military and conservatives’ deception and internal corruption. Then Mr. Obama sends a delegation to the IWC to support ending the worldwide ban on commercial whaling and I know who I am going to oppose [with every breath of my being during the next Presidential popularity contest and promise fest! You can’t do some good things and then balance them by doing some rotten things, on the average you get moderate nothing. Real leaders need to stand up and take strong action not pander to dangerous men!

  10. Obama has made some (some) good moves, but he is very timid and accomodationist, not what we really need in a time of penultimate change and issues to determine whether we survive as a species or create a disaster of environmental proportions. Obama may have appointed a couple of solid lady judges–here, here! He has done some unheralded things but then he has nullified those in many minds by plugging the insane oil and gas wars in Middle East/Central Asia and is not savvy about military and conservatives’ deception and internal corruption. Then Mr. Obama sends a delegation to the IWC to support ending the worldwide ban on commercial whaling and I know who I am going to oppose [with every breath of my being during the next Presidential popularity contest and promise fest! You can’t do some good things and then balance them by doing some rotten things, on the average you get moderate nothing. Real leaders need to stand up and take strong action not pander to dangerous men AND very dubious, progress destroying entities known as oil companies!

  11. @Mortimer Snerd, Thank you for your input and I do understand where you are coming from and why. Obama is steady and methodical and that can be extremely frustrating for many, especially in a crisis. His approach is not to react but to gather the facts and proceed with a plan that he’ll stick to until the end for resolution. It takes a while to create these disasters that he has had to deal with or fix. He doesn’t get a lot of support even from his own party sometimes and certainly not from the media. That does not deter him or his goals for the people.
    I hope you don’t count him out or his approach. The cowboy approach of Bush and the secretive dark approach of Cheney are a lot more scary and a lot more destructive to this country. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating President Obama. It has happened before. Thanks again.

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