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Obamaholics Anonymous

Posted in political commentary, politics, social commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

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.

copyright  ©  2008  freedom

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Hang on, there, Skippy!

Posted in political commentary, politics, social commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

obama-smileyGuess who’s not angry, today?  Right – me.  Don’t get me wrong, though.  I’m not about to burst into a chorus of “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy”.  But I’m, at least, not angry.  “Why is that?”, one might ask.  It’s because it’s just sinking in.  I’m just starting to get it, just starting to get it that he won.  Yeah – my son and I had our election night party and witnessed it from beginning to end, but, today, it’s just beginning to sink in.

I am a bit miffed – not angry – that so many around the net are chastising our president-elect even before he has had a chance to unpack.  So many people are expecting so much, and rightly so.  However, I think that we need to give the man a moment to gather his thoughts before we crucify him so quickly, especially considering the fact that he had not yet been given a chance to show what he’s got.

When my kids were young, we went to every – and I do mean EVERY – school program that was held.  Keep in mind that my kids grew up as “perfect angels”.  That’s no exaggeration.  I spanked my son one day while at the mall when he decided to “show off”.    My son’s spanking came when he was six tears old, and he’s now twenty-three, with nary a spanking in between.  In her 21 years, I’ve never had to physically chastise my daughter.  “Perfect angels”.  Be that as it may, my mother has always had a very annoying habit of “judging” us by the works of others.  That is to say, she would see other children acting up, and immediately go into “If I ever catch you acting like that I will give you the whoopin’ of your life, you hear me?” Neither me and my siblings nor our children were ever allowed to produce any back-talk, but, in our minds, there was but one thought:  “Why are we being reprimanded for someone else’s bad deeds?”.  I see the same type of “reprimanding” taking place with our president-elect.

“So, are we going to find out that this change was nothing more than a different face in the Oval Office?”

“This change that he talked about had better not be some run-of-the-mill trick that we’ve all seen before!”

“As quickly as he was elected, he can be taken out of office!”

People, chill for a minute, would ya??!!! Let the man make a grave mistake before you reprimand him.  Let him prove that he is no more than another politician with a silver tongue before you remind him of how he made it into office and how easily he can be removed.  Let him show us that he and his crew is, indeed, not ready to lead before you get all up in arms about being reminded of previous administrations.  Or, . . . or even better than that . . . think about it . . . why don’t you give him a chance to show us that he is, as he said, “Change That We Can Believe In”.  Peace.

copyright  ©  2008  freedom

Quite appropriately, I present “Give Me Just A Little More Time” by The Chairman Of The Board

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