This missive isn't to imply that Mr. Romney is not, in fact, the "salt of the earth" in any way--- may it be so. He might well be the correct candidate to next assume the office. But this isn't about that. I'm addressing the evidenced, unfettered, unchallenged disrespect for the sitting president, AND, that no one has demanded civility from all corners. It is reprehensible and embarrassing to this nation. Stop it.
This malicious lack of decorum would never had been tolerated, were it hurled at any other administration in history. And everyone knows it. It approaches sedition at its core and, this sort of conduct unbecoming, I suspect, is nearly worthy of the charge of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Has the President been able to satisfy the needs of every American? Obviously not. Granted. Willingly.
I found it very queer that another candidate spoke of "second chances", But it just made sense to me. There are those in this country who are so discomfited by the thought, truth and reality of a now permanent opening of the office to any ethnicity. But they deny, deny, deny. So bemoaning are those of the status quo (read: Old Boy Network), that they are willing to drive the car off a cliff, rather than to sign the title over or extend the rental. So filled with vitriol at the man's position, one person has even predicted a breakout of "civil war" should the voice of America bestow a second term upon the POTUS.
They do it with a, Machiavellian, Sadism and wild-eyed impunity. When did this become acceptable? When did it become all right to espouse bitter, angry lies in a competition. Now, politics is a dirty, filthy, pig of a whore--- especially in an election season, on both sides, but where is the bottom this year? In the worst case, they are blatant, baldfaced lies... at best, unsportsmanlike exaggerations which are entirely beyond the pale. In my entire life, I have never seen such unmitigated hatred hurled at an incumbent.
Even Helen Keller, could have "seen" that this is rancor is personal (Bless her heart).
I'm not just talking about the Birthers, Swift Boaters, or the tea party-ers... I'm speaking of the candidates, running mates, campaign advisors and the power brokers who are displeased at the changing tide and speedy disintegration of their presumed, and irreversibly metamorphosing entitlements. I'm not so green as to believe that people don't cheat to win. I just don't believe I have ever seen people do it so venomously, and with little regard for truth and ethical conduct.
This isn't the America I came to respect... where every person is truly created equal and valuable despite one's lot--- and in more ways than just multi-generational lip- service. We all know better. The Right has incessantly barraged President Obama at every turn. In my play "Crosses to Bear", the character, Senator Jeremy Carver-Spottiswoode tells us the reasons for the ferociousness of their attack(s). They're livid! They're furious that somehow, some way, Obama slipped through the net. He would be allowed to run, because they could never get away with denying him an opportunity to run in the twenty-first century. They tried everything in their power to discredit and malign him (birthplace/certificate), and his pedigree and lineage, but they NEVER thought he would win. He was not supposed to win. It was a mistake.
It is a shockingly plain form of desperation, when one has to resort to the basest strategy to achieve one's goals. And the fabrications are told as gospel to a segment of society who, in their personal troubles, are needing, and desperate for, their own needs to be assuaged. They are desperate to believe anything to soothe their own pains. But what of the, larger, societal situation?
I took an online course in Sociology at Princeton University this summer where I learned about The Sociological Imagination, of the American sociologist C. Wright Mills and I see striking and disturbing concerns, having studied this concept. There is also such a zeitgeist of subversive, obvious, yet occult, bigotry at play here and only the most dense person would deny its presence.
President Obama has a LOT to explain. Has there been this tremendous "change" upon which he campaigned? In this writer's opinion, not so much. But there have been so many achievements which the right, and their ilk, elect to ignore. To avoid, somewhat, beating a dead horse, we all know the state of the economy he inherited, because most of us are terms-long victims of it.
One could argue that, under the conditions bequeathed, and with the rebellious, partisan sniping and inertia, he has done pretty darned well--- considering. Some people also forget that the last, most productive and successful budget was managed, and created, by the, Democratic, Clinton administration. Again, like now, with a Republican majority in the House and Senate.
Some people have already forgotten that the Bush men, George H.W. Bush, and his son, George W. Bush, had been in the White House since 1989. And were preceded by Ronald Reagan. Ladies and gentlemen, that was nearly twenty years of the Republicans' handling of the government. The younger Mr. Bush, despite his, obvious, noteworthy and embarrassing faux pas, was granted "four more years". Others, more objective than, even, myself, can enumerate them all, and the resultant damage which some allege had occurred.
That said, Mr. Bush did not please every citizen. Mr. Obama isn't pleasing, and won't ever please, every one of our countrymen. Nobody could. So is it not more pragmatic to put all the overblown indignation and bluster aside for a moment and ask the question? If Mr. Bush had a second term, why shouldn't Mr. Obama, who is, while not perfect, battling unimaginable challenges in cleaning up what he walked into? That matters. It cannot be denied.
I would imagine it might take four years to hit one's stride as the leader of the free world. It makes sense to me to let someone who is in the throes of his solid relationships, continue on in the job. Has he pleased everyone? No. Has he enervated a large segment of our society? Many would say so! Has he taken stands that some of us find hard to swallow? Yes. But President Obama, as far as I can tell, has done much good in his first term.
Until I watched the RNC convention this week, I wasn't certain for whom I'd vote. I wanted to wait until the convention ended, so that I, as I am wont to do, could see, for myself, and formulate my own opinions about the Republican candidates. I am very able to see both sides of a situation, with not much difficulty. I am able to be objective. I LOVE eating the red meat, but I determine how it will be cooked and served on my plate. I, quite frankly, did not like the venom and calculated histrionics and stagecraft i saw, one bit. I have never been, and will never be, a person that will let someone try to convince me that the sky is chartreuse, when I know it is blue. I'm not that guy. Not a lemming. Not a pushover. I am a lover of logic and am proud of it.
Incidentally, I do NOT support everything that the President has done, despite being personally effected by his actions, or lack thereof. However, this election is not a pissing match to be won with deceptions, hyperbole, untruths and cheating. "Capture the Flag" is a great, fun game, when it's playtime. The world is watching, and, many of us, choose to let the facts determine our steps and our votes instead of the spin.
We must love this country enough to put aside the, insipid, partisan politics and, at least, ask ourselves if we are being entirely objective, pragmatic, logical, fair and wise in the positions we personally espouse, despite party lines.
I cannot seem to get the image of the villagers, replete with burning torches, preparing to storm Frankenstein's castle. Get a grip. Behave like civilized, professional people and realize that some people actually see the emperor is dressed to the nines. How about winning an election based on your platform, and stated positions and delineated plans. Win on the incontestable merits and strengths of your position. Didn't we all learn that in debate club? Rage just isn't a good look.
It is a brand new day in America. We must be objective and eschew our personal biases, in lieu of ensuring a better land. Isn't it that, the sooner we recognize and embrace that change has, indeed, come to the land of the brave, the better? For all of us? Don't we all deserve that?
Four more years?