President elect Barack Obama could unify the country… It would indeed be trans-formative… It would certainly be post-partisan… It would end partisan politics… I could then be an Obama supporter.
How, might one ask?
He could tell the country we are broke. He could say to the American people that we can afford no more, and in fact we need to cut back. Barack Obama could tell the voters we have a corrupt government, and slash its size and scope.
President elect Obama could be square with the American people, and let them know that the president has very little to do with the economy, and the actions that president Bush took to desperately fuel the economy were to keep it from collapsing in the wake of 9/11.
President elect Obama could be honest with the American people, and admit the democratic opposition to the war in Iraq was calculated to gain political position, and regain executive and majority power.
He could tell the truth about how calculated democratic opposition to the war emboldened our enemies and cost American lives. America’s position in the world was damaged for domestic political gain.
President elect Obama could explain why France, Germany, and Russia opposed holding Saddam to account. He could explain the corruption behind the oil for food program, and lucrative trade of underground technology.
President elect Obama could talk about how incredibly motivated those Palestinian suicide bombers were when Saddam started writing large checks to the families of martyrs.
Barack Obama could explain that the democrats and their supporters in the media worked tirelessly to nudge public discourse in the direction of their agenda by cleverly representing the facts in way that colored perceptions so as to damage Bush and the Republican Party and benefit the democrat party.
All of this would go a long way toward healing the wounds of the last 7 years, and beyond. This act of contrition would unite the American people, and put the partisan power brokers on notice. This kind of monumental start to a presidential term could bring the kind of transformational change Obama has talked about.
There is no way to change the corruption and hypocrisy of the Washington staffers, lobbyists, and legislators without a major jolt. Who better to deliver that jolt than the Man who soundly defeated the ultra effective Clinton machine and the whimpering remains of the once dominant Reagan GOP?
Alas, I fear, I am living in a dream land.
More likely, judging by our history, Obama’s record, his associates, and rumored appointments, we will soon see a modern version of the New Deal, or Great Society. The expense will be shouldered for generations, and its forbidden fruits will be intoxicating. Free stuff is usually viewed favorably by humans. The damage to our republic will be catastrophic.
What is going on is not the same ole’ same ole’. This isn’t like the tough times we’ve been in before. The challenges this nation faces are monumental and consequential. For generations we have been safe and secure. We take our freedom for granted, and don’t take our security seriously.
The future of the United States of America is not guaranteed. It can prevail, if we the people can unite, as one nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all.
Barack Obama…Unite this nation. Come clean on the political rhetoric. Chart a course that will take this nation to the kind of heights that can be reached by combining individual excellence, capitalist competition, and a sense of the common good, combined with personal responsibility, self reliance, innovation, and morality.
United We Stand, and divided we shall surely fall.
God bless America and the revolutionary ideals she stands for.