Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

A disturbing trend that I’ve noticed is that many people today seem completely uninterested in getting involved in politics.  They certainly don’t want to run for public office.  They have no interest in meeting a politician face-to-face.  They don’t even want to talk (or hear) about politics and what is going on in Washington D.C.  It’s as if, somehow, talking about politics, or even having an opinion about public matters, makes them part of some bigger game that they just don’t want to get involved in.  They’d rather just leave it up to someone else to figure out.  Believe me…I know the feeling.  I’ve spent most of my life thinking that politics just wasn’t really my thing.  I figured I’d let other people who were more interested in that stuff to pay attention to all of the details.  You know, I’d vote in all the elections and all that, but otherwise, I’d just let them take the lead.  It seemed simple enough.  I could focus my efforts on what was really important to me.  Of course, in retrospect, I realize just how naive that was.

I’ve always been a strong believer in personal responsibility, but somehow, politics just seemed like this silly little game that I not only didn’t want to play, I didn’t even want to know the rules.  You know all the lawyer jokes.  Well…politicians were the only ones worse than the lawyers.  Besides, I figured, what harm could the politicians really do?  Our Constitution was built with a system of checks and balances to protect us.  Anyway, I believed that all Americans loved what our country stood for.  So why would anyone ever try to take away our freedoms?  Well, that was before politicians began speaking out against our country, our freedom, our economy, our personal choices and abilities…and before the country began to rally behind these types of candidates.

Now…I see things much differently.  I realize what our founding fathers put in place for us and what they expected from us as a responsible citizenry.  It wasn’t just about voting every two years and sleeping the rest of the time.  It wasn’t about electing someone to office, then turning a blind eye to what they do while they’re there.  It was about taking responsibility for OUR country and making sure that it remained in good hands at ALL times.  As citizens of the United States of America, we have been given both an opportunity and a responsibility unlike any others before us.  Sure, it’s a difficult and daunting task, but no one ever said that it would be easy, right? (more…)


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I experienced an awakening following the 2008 Presidential election.  Heading up to Election Day, I followed the candidates closely, taking in every debate, interview and news report that I could.  I surfed the web, watched all the commercials…even surfed the web while watching TV.  I probably watched more television during that period than at any other time in my life.  And I was terrified by what I saw.

From the moment he entered the national scene, I knew that Barack Obama was a dangerous man.  He made no secret of his plans for the nation.  He made no excuses for his point of view.  He laid it all out for the country to see.  What shocked me most of all is that people (a LOT of people) bought into his socialist dream, never really stopping to consider what socialism has ever done for a society.  They didn’t really consider whether his ideas were realistic.  They just believed that it was what they wanted.  And he promised to give it to them.

Now, BO has critics on all sides.  Some will claim that he was dishonest and they didn’t realize what they were voting for when they elected him President.  Others will claim that he isn’t socialist enough and compromises too much.  I, however, have not been surprised by anything that BO has done.  I believe that he has pretty much done what he promised to do all along the campaign trail.  I don’t know if others weren’t paying attention.  Or if they were too distracted by his charisma.  Or if they were just too enthralled at the thought of having a black man as President of the United States of America.  What I do know is that he has started us down a treacherous path and I fear where our country may be headed if we do not stop him from carrying out the rest of the plans he promised us prior to being elected to office.

One of the biggest surprises I had following the election was the number of people I encountered who were self-proclaimed “socialists,” including an ex of mine (from college) that I had run into on Facebook (“Did I really date you?  No wonder we broke up!”).  They touted socialism as some sort of ideal that we should all be striving for.  As if they had somehow reached some higher level of reasoning that the rest of us could only hope to someday understand.  Somehow, forcing people to bend to their will is considered the moral high ground.

Socialism??  Really???  Are we from the same planet? (more…)

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