It may seem like I have some form of Obama mania, that I lo-ove him and everything about him, that I am unreasonably supportive of him, and that I have become such a fan that I am incapable of viewing Obama objectively. However, my support for Obama involves having his back in spite of his flaws because he seems to be a good person and because we happen to agree about what will keep America healthy and strong. I also back him because he is a symbol of our best traits in America. We are trying to be an inclusive nation as opposed to an exclusive one and Obama will forever stand as our first African-American president – even though that is not the focus of his Presidency.
I am not just using rhetoric when I say that the Republicans will not come off well in our history books. They are stuck with goo-gobs of reactionary nonsense that their base requires them to tout. Perhaps these particular elephants are headed towards extinction, or at least their current platform is looking like an anachronism that will drag them to the elephant graveyard, unless they can get on board with globalization and diversity.
Still these aging Republican and Democratic dinosaurs should be our best statesman. They have the chops that come from years of service and from traipsing around the globe, from weathering millions of meetings and negotiations, and they have the brain power that often comes from having been schooled in some of the best programs available in America (however out-of-date ). They may represent the last of a dying breed with access to the way our Democracy has stayed alive, who once experienced the give and take of two parties who want America to live on as a nation and also as an ideal. These career politicians should be teaching the next generation how to govern, teaching them to be statesmen and women; but instead they are teaching them to be stern and unbending, and to tolerate an undercurrent of animosity and hate will that could eventually undermine our nation and dilute our important role as a beacon of freedom and justice in a struggling world.
Instead of arriving at the original consensus which we now know as the GOP strategy to obstruct Obama in every way, they could have gone out of their way to make our African-America first family feel welcome and they could have kept up the hospitality and spirit of cooperation that would have given them a legacy of generosity and benevolence. They could have wooed Obama even if they felt rebuffed by the “brothers” in the beginning. Realistically, even though they believe, as we are informed again and again, in small government they must have realized that the goal of small government cannot be achieved instantly. Government will have to get smaller, if that is what we all want, through a series of planned baby steps. Changes in governments that affect millions cannot be treated like a NASCAR race where we expect 0-110 mph in seconds. The Republicans have not chosen this expedient route. They have left it to Obama to come to them, hat in hand, which he cannot do. The Democrats have not been exactly hospitable either. You have all earned the legacy that you will find in your great grandchildren’s history books. Of course, it is just possible that by then they will not be reading about the Republican Party in the present tense at all.