Hi. My name is Freedom, and I’m an Obamaholic. I attended every rally that I possibly could attend during the O-man’s campaign. I collected buttons, fliers, shirts, and posters that carried his likeness. I watched intently every time he spoke to us on the tube. I helped to rally the troops in any way that I could. My name is Freedom, and I’m an Obamaholic.
I had to insert that into this post as what follows may lead you to believe that I have become a hater. That would be miles from the truth. This post may lead you to believe that I have become as fervently against the O-man as I have been for him. That, too, would be far from the truth. The truth is that it is what it is and I can tell it no other way. Both during and after the campaigning and election, there were two prominent notions that I heard around the net: first, that we must do our part to bring about change, and secondly, the phrase “I’m not looking for a savior, just a president who will do a good job”. Both are worthy statements, but, I view the situation differently.
Most of us, those of us who are “feeling the crunch”, are already doing our parts. As I have stated previously, most of us struggle with the idea of going to a job that we hate, that pays too little, and leaves us wondering just how in the world we will make it through. A lot of us could have very well opted to lead a lucrative life of crime, but chose to do the right thing, instead, and hoped that our leaders would pull us out of this quagmire in which we find ourselves. Each and every day, we send our children off to schools that we know are sub-standard and do our best to instill a coinciding education into our children’s minds when they return home from school. There are many among us who have insufficient health care and pay through the nose for the overpriced prescriptions that they are given, then, sit in silent suffering. That is doing our part. That is doing our fair share. As much as we may wish, as much as we may dream, we, the people, CANNOT pass laws that will insure that we are paid a proper wage for a properly done job. We, the people, CANNOT pass laws that will provide a better education for our children. We, the people, CANNOT pass laws that will see to it that the citizens of this nation receive quality and affordable health care. Those responsibilities lie in the hands of our elected officials. We have done, and continue to do our part. Once elected, it is their turn to do their parts.
Most recently, it seems to be the sentiment of the netizens that our president-elect should not be viewed as some kind of messiah that will step in and save the day. The sentiment seems to be that everyone is hopeful but few are expressing the idea that a change will actually come about as we have been expecting it to come. I take a different point of view, in that I cast my vote each and every time I vote expecting just that – a messiah that will step in and save the day. It is my feeling that we, the people, elect politicians to serve the people and to do our bidding. If we elect someone whom we believe will enact laws to enhance our lives, and they fail to do so, then those elected officials need to be voted out and replaced by someone who will get the job done. If I might reiterate the previous paragraph, they, and they only, have the power to enact laws. WE CANNOT DO IT OURSELVES. The people that we elect to serve have a responsibility to the people to turn this country and its citizens into the entity that the United States of America should be. Having duly aided in electing a viable candidate into office, not only do I hope that our president-elect will be a messiah who steps in to save the day, but, I believe that we have every right to EXPECT a messiah that will step in and save the day.
Hi. My name is Freedom, and I’m a Obamaholic and I say . . . bring it on! Peace.
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