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Cause apparently some clarification is needed

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So, I was talking with some people yesterday and someone accused me of hating Obama. In fact, two weeks ago a coworker said "You're criticizing the man before he's taken office? What do you know about politics?"

Apparently, more than they did.

Look people, I'm actually really excited about Barack Obama being President. I think he's going to do wonderful changes to our government, and I am waiting to hear about what his first couple of official acts will be. Barack Obama may be one of the best presidents we have ever had.

But I'm not going to forget the fact that he is the President, and that with all the power in his hands he could do a lot of wrong in the role.

In the end, what do we know about Obama so far? He's made a lot of promises. He has stepped up and pointed out our flaws, and he has said he is going to work on fixing our economy. In 4-8 years, Barack Obama could either save our economy, or his economic plan could backfire and we end up worse off than we were before. I'm all for giving him a chance, and I give him my full support; that doesn't mean I'm going to sit back and let him work on his own.

Am I judging him unfairly? I mean, he's had just one day since he assumed power. Maybe my fears are unfounded. But the fact is, no matter what country you live in or what sort of government it has, every citizen needs to stay informed about what their leaders are doing or else you run the risk of ending up in the same mess the US was in the past 8 years. I would rather scrutinize Obama now and be proven wrong in four years when everything in our country is better than ignore politics and see what happens to our country.

It's the duty of every American to question their government. Voice your opinion on things you don't like, stand up and say that if something is wrong then it is wrong. But please, don't let your guard down now just because the golden hero got elected. We should hold Barack Obama to the same scrutiny as George Bush was, so that we stay informed on what our government is doing and have an active hand in shaping it.

I'm J. Kennedy, and Barack Obama is my President. I support him and believe in him, and I will always be willing to tell him if I think he's doing something wrong or right. You should too.

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krystalraven
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on this. We should all stay informed regardless of whether it's election year or not. For one thing in 4 years he'll be running again (most likely) to be re-elected...if you don't keep up with what he's actually doing to make things better, or know what he's put on the floor as a proposal or anything then how are you going to know if he should truly be re-elected or not?

Also he IS a politician. I support Obama fully and am very glad to call him my president. However he now holds alot of power and power can corrupt...no human is immune to the effects of it. He's great at inspiring people and motivating them but he should be held just as accountable as Bush was. He says we need more green energy? Ok then do something to get us more green energy. It's not enough to simply make empty promises. Promises are no good unless you follow through on them.
weaver42
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
My concern is when people get automatically cynical. Realism is a good friend; cynicism is its dark-eyed brother.

From your posts, I get a healthy whiff of realism, not cynicism.

-- c.
mythdude
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. When I'm not living up to my duties as the Incarna of Silly Things, I do think deeply about a lot of things. ;)

...that, and I was on the Model UN in high school. Whoops, there goes my coolness.
allieflowlight
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
The Flot icon makes up for any coolness you may have lost. Twice over. And then some.
allieflowlight
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I will always be willing to tell him if I think he's doing something wrong or right. You should too.

Right on! Especially now, when his administration actually listens to people, and thus our complaining might actually make a difference. The fact that Obama is basically a decent guy makes it all the more important to hold him accountable.
peaceofpie
Jan. 22nd, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
I actually do know nothing about politics, but I know at least enough to raise an eyebrow at your co-worker. Besides, hasn't Obama been in office for a fair while now? Just in a different office with a little less power? I know at least that much.
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