posted on Aug, 1 2009 @ 12:34 AM
Except for Southern Guardian this is clearly an Obama-bashing thread, so I'm probably wasting my time to post. But here goes.
I voted for Obama because of his policies. He's a classic liberal in the mould of FDR and JFK and even Truman and LBJ. He is steering the country
in the right direction. I voted Democratic and he has not disappointed me. He is making progress on most of his promises. No, he's not getting out
of Iraq as soon as I would like but he's doing it as quickly as it is feasible to do so without leaving the country in a state of civil war. And the
trillions of stimulus was necessary after the economy was wrecked by unscrupulous business men on Wall Street and the Republican party. The stimulus
is not providing jobs as quickly as many would like but it is working.
Of course he can't change the course of American history in seven months. And of course he won't be able to accomplish everything he wants to do
because Republicans and other retrogressive forces will interfere and he will have to compromise. Presidents don't govern by royal decree, they have
to work with Congress, big business and other large segments of the population. He has compromised less than any president I have seen in my lifetime
but he has, and will continue, to make compromises where they are necessary to get even part of his plans accomplished.
In short, he's the best president I have seen in my lifetime. Progressives are generally happy with him.
I definitely did not vote for him because of his color, although it was not an issue for me. Of course it's historic when the first black man is
elected president. It has never happened before and that makes his election unique, just as Hillary Clinton's election would have been unique
because she is a woman. There is no reasonable way to deny that.
We need to have a serious and mature discussion of race and race relations in this country. Racial tensions cannot be solved by pretending they
don't exist or pretending that a person's race--white or otherwise--doesn't have an influence on their perceptions and behavior.
Racial tensions are evident on this thread. It is not racist to point that out.
[edit on 1-8-2009 by Sestias]