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Now what?

The partisan politics are over for the time being. The incessant ads, the Facebook posts, the anger and hate and rhetoric – it’s on a break.

We have a President for the next four years. He’s your President and mine and it’s time to act like it.

He’s not a secret Muslim who is trying to destroy America. He’s not a socialist nigger. He is our President.

If you can’t give him the respect and consideration that the office of The Presidency deserves, leave. You’re not being an American. You are choosing the ideology of a flawed party (Hey, news flash! Every party is deeply flawed) over your own country.

At some point in the last ten years, we’ve lost sight of the fact that we as a people elect our President. You may not agree with all of his policies, but the posturing and hatred needs to stop.

Barack Hussein Obama is YOUR President. He’s mine. He represents and cares about the best interests of every single one of us. The next four years will show what a smart, motivated, visionary leader can do when he has a plan. And ten or twenty or a hundred years from now, he will be remembered as a President over one of the most divided periods in American history who managed to effect change and pave the way for a better world.

So, you can continue to listen to the hate filled fear-mongering of media personalities who make money from your ignorance, or you can have some faith in the process and the American way. You can have some hope in a person who has given you absolutely no legitimate reason to hate the way that you do.

It’s been said that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. I’d like to think that, similarly, it takes much more effort to hate that viciously and uselessly than it does to accept and try to be a reasonable human being.

So now what? Now we support our President and we show the world what it truly means to be an American. It’s not about party affiliation. It’s about pushing forward, supporting democracy, and believing in the future.

Congratulations, President Obama. It’s in your hands now.


41 thoughts on “Now what?”

  1. OK, let’s agree to disagree on some of your opinions of Obama. That aside, as a longtime journalist who is now an elected official (I know, I’ve gone to the dark side), I think the best governance is done at the local level by people who intimately know the issues and what needs to be done. Washington needs to stop interfering with that local process and focus on what needs to be done nationally: national defense, national economic competitiveness, etc.

    1. @Judy Vlasek, local governance was good when we were a small country and people stayed in one location for their entire lives. We’re not, and conflicting states’ rights can make it impossible for some people to live as freely in one state as they can in another. Until we all have the same rights and freedoms across a national level, we’re fractured.

    2. @Judy Vlasek, tell me, if you will, why you think it’s perfectly ok for something to be illegal in one place, yet 5 miles away, across the state line, it’s completely legal?

      1. @Joshua Tewell, it’s obvious that you are both thinking about gay marriage, which was NOT at all what I was talking about. I’m a longtime reporter covering city and county governments and I’ve seen that, generally, the most effective governance happens at the local level. For example, in the county where I now live we are trying to revive the bay system, which has been impacted by years of development. People from both sides of the political spectrum, but mostly from the Republican side, are working together to limit the pollutants going into our seawater and to revitalize the bays. The federal assistance/intervention is limited to a few grants that we hope to win that will help reduce the local cost. I’ve seen similar things happen hundreds of times on a local level. It’s ludicrous to think that a Washington bureaucrat could come up with solutions that are better than the ones developed at a local level.

      2. @Joshua Tewell, I’ll tell you why it’s perfectly OK. Because that’s how this country was created. We are, by definition 50 states which have been federated. This means that each of the 50 states has the right and the responsibility to make it’s own set of laws – people in Colorado and Washington State wanted to legalize marijuana, so they did. People in Pennsylvania want to be able to get their beer at a drive-thru window, so they can. Here in Florida, I can buy and set off fireworks any day of the year. The 50 states have agreed to not countermand the Federal constitution (the states can’t ban free speech, for example), but otherwise, were left to govern themselves. You pay property tax to the state in which you live, you have a bigger voice in your local government, and it is more manageable to try to make the largest percentage of your population happy.

        And, I’m sure you never thought of this but – did you realize that you can be living in France, speaking French, living by French laws, and then take a five minute train ride and hear German being spoken, and be beholden to a foreign country’s laws?

        And please explain to me how you think that it’s OK for the Federal government to make laws regarding the lives and livelihoods of both cities (largely democratic) and rural farm towns (largely republican)? Not only does one centralized (and yet far away) government make the laws for both types of regions, but they are forced to live by the SAME laws. Does it really seem OK to you that people with vastly different needs, culture, and population all have to live with the SAME laws of what is right and what is wrong? What is socially acceptable and what is not? Doesn’t the very definition of socially acceptable imply that people have to see you behaving that way? Can people in Chicago see the farmers in Iowa? Is it OK to have the farmers deciding how the city folk live? Is it right to have the city folk deciding how the farmers behave?

  2. I think it’s great that you’ve acquired a crystal ball that foresees all of these amazing events in our nation’s future.

    I was kinda worried he might continue to mess things up, like pretty much every other president in the last fifty years or so.

    ::whew:: I can rest easy now 🙂

    Seriously though, let’s face it……I don’t agree with most of President Obama’s politics….or yours…..or anyone else’s, really. But I do whole[-]heartedly* agree that regardless of how I feel about him on a personal level, his position as Commander in Chief of this country demands and deserves respect.

    Snarky End Note : I just wish you had this mature outlook when GWB was in office. What’s good for the goose and all that.

    *I put the hyphen in brackets because I couldn’t remember if it should be there. It looks weird either way but I left it in there just in case. I’m pointing out the fact that I am unsure of it’s placement so that you can’t make fun of me, kinda like how B Rabbit told everyone he lived in a trailer with his mom to screw up Papa Doc’s battle lyrics.

    1. @Sheila, I remember writing a statement when Bush was in office saying that the election was over, he was the President, and now he deserved our respect and support. I can’t find it, but I felt that way as well. I made fun of him for the obvious blunders he made in the public eye, though, and I did the same to Obama after he fumbled that first debate so much.

  3. He’s still incompetent and arrogant. A man whose agenda is more important than the welfare of the 23million unemployed and the 46million in poverty.

    He won based on a combination of govt dependancy, racism, excuses , division, and
    fear mongering not on a record of achievement.

    His planet sized ego will hopefully guide him to focus on the economy and the welfare of all americans. If he does he’ll get the respect that should go with the office.

  4. Nicely written and I agree with you. I’m really relieved that he is still our president. I have been quite worried about this election and now I feel better. Thanks for the post.

  5. I’m trying to find a way to say this so it sounds like I agree with you – the office of POTUS deserves respect, however the man holding the office needs to earn respect. In my book, a man who murders American children with a pen, has secret wars with drone attacks in foreign lands, has wasted trillions of dollars being a wimp when we need a man, and who somehow manages to convince so many people with his lies (evil wizardy, I think) has not earned my respect. Also, if we the people don’t keep raising our voices (in anger or praise as is fit) all through-out his term and forever, then we might as well stop educating ourselves and going to work. The freedom of speech is not just a pithy thing that allows you to write a blog tagged as the place “tact goes to die” it is a responsibility all Americans have (especially those in the press) to speak up about the things our government, locally or federally, does that we do not agree with.

    However – I will agree that we should take a small break from all this vitriol. Who wants to jump in my car as I drive to Washington State for some peace *cough* and quiet *cough*?

  6. Well said. I’ve become so incredibly angry over the past few months. I think that they people spewing hate (and it comes from BOTH sides) forget that once the election is over, there are still people who heard what you said, felt it was directed at them, and aren’t going to just immediately forget it. I’ve seen people whom I’ve previously respected call me, as a liberal and an Obama supporter, such vile things that it blew my mind.

    The anger in this country is at an all time high. We are so incredibly divided right now and that terrifies me. There are GOOD people on both sides of the aisle but everyone is so busy covering their own asses and pandering to the far reaches of their parties that NOTHING gets done. For fuck’s sake people. Work together. Recognize that valid ideas come from both parties.

    Regardless of your politics, Barack Obama IS the president. And the man and the office both deserve respect.

  7. I honestly don’t know why anyone would care to have the job. Obama looks seriously older than the last time he was elected. It’s a thankless job and one that doesn’t pay all that well either.
    I loved the way he said how much he loved his wife and his girls. That part of his speech last night was wonderful. Other than that it’s the same old stuff and you couldn’t hear much because of the noise in the room.
    Time will tell for sure.

    Hugs from Minnesota

    1. @Marie, well, if you listen to some members of my family, he wants the job so he can overthrow the American government as a secret Muslim.

      It is a thankless job, and anyone who’s willing to do it deserves respect for that.

      1. @Avitable, We must be related, because that’s all anyone in my family is saying. “Holy shit! We’re so fucked! Better go buy all the guns before he rewrites the constitution!” I’m sad to say that I’m related to most of these morons.

  8. If you can’t give him the respect and consideration that the office of The Presidency deserves, leave. You’re not being an American.

    Way to be tolerant of others there, sport. And thanks for being in charge of defining the actions and mindsets that constitute Americanism.

    As for the rest, I think you may have confused ideology for reality.

    But I will give you points for optimism.

  9. I hope to God you’re right and that he is going to effect change, and while he may not move mountains, moving a couple of hills to make a road to something better won’t be so bad.
    It will take a lot to bring people together and there will always be those who refuse to give because they see agreeing as losing and it will always be a contest to them.

    God job, even if you were drunk, on your phone in a Denny’s. Maybe *that’s* where we need to start.

  10. Not to forget what Col. Wilkerson (former Chief of Staff for General Colin Powell) said about his own Party (Republican): “My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.”

    Four years from now they’ll get their wish. The man with the brown face will be gone from office. Personally, I hope the Dems run Cedric the Entertainer in 2016 – just to piss those people off.

  11. I agree with many of your points, but not the following:
    If you can’t give him the respect and consideration that the office of The Presidency deserves, leave. You’re not being an American.

    I had very little consideration for his predecessor. And I’m a damn fine American. I mean, except for the whole Muslim thing. Snort.

  12. I’ll respect him when he respects. He’s been insulting my intelligence and borrowing money in my name for 4 years.

    When he stops that and shows improved results , I’ll reconsider

    1. This.

      Sorry, Adam, but any president who is going to support something like the NDAA is not going to earn respect through “hope.” Obama showed continuously throughout his first term that his promises mean nothing. (“I promise to close Guantanamo Bay”???)

  13. When I posted my political post this last week, I didn’t get hardly any responses. I didn’t realize someone else has posted something so greatly stated. Congrats.

    Now to go show photos of my testicles on my blog to steal some visitors. 😉

  14. I’d like to agree with you here, but I never for one minute felt like Bush was my President. Never. So I can kind of understand people having trouble getting behind someone.

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