I almost blew it this week and were it not for the timely intervention of two people I admire, I might still be careening down that road paved with good intentions we’ve all heard about. Sometimes in our sincerity, we can be sincerely wrong.
With the midterm election results still fresh on our minds, it seems this old adage can also be applied to the current situation in which our president finds himself. Most would admit that Obama is sincere in his intentions to, as he puts it, “fundamentally transform” America by promoting extreme left Progressive policies. But just as many believe that in his sincerity, Obama is sincerely wrong. They perceive his policies as governmental overreach.
President Obama doesn’t see it that way. During his November 3 post-election press conference, Obama blamed miscommunication as the catalyst for the GOP landslide and suggested his administration failed to convince voters that his policies were good for America.
One of the marks of an effective leader is the humble quality of self-examination. The cavalier cowboy that he was, even President George W. Bush was willing to occasionally access the situation and make necessary readjustments to produce quantifiable results. Two years ago, the U.S. economy was spiraling out of control just weeks before the 2008 Presidential election, giving Obama the presidency on a silver platter. Americans were rightfully frightened by the sudden economic downswing and were grasping at anything to turn the tide. Had my dog, who undoubtedly is a Democrat (she knows what she wants but fails to understand what it takes to provide) been running for the presidency on the Democratic ticket, I’d be living in the White House today.
Somehow, amidst the drama, Obama and Progressive Democrats fail to understand the 2008 election was not a mandate for all their pet policies, but rather an attempt to grasp hold of something before the economy collapsed. Over the past two years, Americans have done their best to communicate their message of disapproval, but it has fallen on deaf ears, resulting in the huge red wave that washed across America on November 2.
First there was the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts, a Chris Christie win in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell victory in Virginia. After the dust settled on the evening of November 2, the GOP seized key governorships in Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and even in the dark blue state of Maine.
During the press conference November 3, Obama’s response to questions seemed to befuddle reporters when a few of them courageously mixed up different versions of the same question: “Mr. President, don’t you get it” in which he responded equally with different versions of the same answer: “Voters don’t get it.”
Voters did get it. Over the past two years, Americans tasted the bitter reality of what our nation could become had voters not intervened in order to put a stop to escalating debt, irresponsible spending, and government obesity ““ things that would weaken us individually and would eventually steal away America’s exceptionalism. On November 2, the Constitution displayed its enduring strength as the country was provided an opportunity to pull itself away from the abyss.
Copyright 2010 Susan Stamper Brown. Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker, military family advocate and grief counselor who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Follow Susan on her website www.susanstamperbrown.com and on Facebook.