posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 04:20 PM
Well, what to make out of the grizzled war veteran's expose, about the Obama Administration? To begin with, I wish him many years of health and good
fortune, and to all the boys that made the ultimate sacrifice against tyranny. My grandfathers were part of that bunch and they are truly the
"Greatest Generation," they took a licking and kept on ticking with the "Great Depression," "The War," living under the threat of nuclear
annihilation with "The Cold War," and "watching their sons go to their deaths in the unpopular "Vietnam War." They took the hits with style,
grace, and dignity. I personally salute every one of them.
As some have said, he makes some good points, referencing historical events and tying them into current times. However, as some have said, he is only
looking at the United States with "rose colored glasses." You can't fault the old chap, because in his day, the only information they received was
from the newspaper or radio.
They didn't have alternative outlets for news and information, like we enjoy with the internet, today. In other words, he is only commenting on his
personal experience, and therefore, we are getting the idealized version of America as he has been taught. The problem with America, as I see it, is
that it is a nation of idealists.
Idealism, often times, covers the abuses, injustices, and other ill works of government for the sake of saving face. Therefore, it can be dangerous to
the very liberties he was tasked with defending sometime ago. Perhaps, this country needs to see itself and the world as it really is, and not a
idealized version, manufactured through mass advertising, government mandated education, and propaganda.
Of course, everyone should look upon their countries, ideally, as the man is stating in his critique. It gives us something to aspire to and work at.
However, our idealist views, shouldn't conceal reality either. We must acknowledge our mistakes and misgivings everyday. If we don't, they continue
to go on, unabridged, to only get worse with time. Are we not taught from a young age to acknowledge our mistakes, reflect, and work to rectify them?
Is that not the true principle of the United States and a free and democratic society?
Now, in terms of the Obama Administration, I still am on the fence regarding his initiatives. A part of me tells me they are to radical and
detrimental to the very fabric of America, and another part of me, sees it as the progression people sought by electing the man in 2008. In other
words, you get what you vote for. Was he the lesser of the two evils, that is still subject to debate. However, he is the President, and we are stuck
with him for the time being.
So, maybe we should cool our jets a bit, and let the man govern. Of course he has made many mistakes, but that is only a sign of inexperience, as so
many have highlighted before his inauguration. So, in other words, he has the highest office in the country, and is learning on the job. If anyone
recalls, President Obama, has never held an executive position before taking office. What jobs did he hold? Community organizer, legislator, and a
part-time Constitutional Law professor. So, in terms of leadership posts, he has had none, but the one he currently holds. Having no experience as a
leader isn't a crutch, because leaders aren't made they are born. That is just my opinion on leadership.
To me, at the very least, a leader must have a spine, and either you have one or you don't. Does President Obama have a spine and the intestinal
fortitude to make calls unpopular to his base and with interests of America as a whole in mind? The jury is still out on that. Time will tell and
history will judge. That is the best we can have at the moment.
As for the elder's criticism, I commend it. Anytime, one of them speak, I will give them my undivided attention, because I respect them for their
sacrifices, life experience, and wisdom. Reading this letter takes me back to when I used to soak-up what my Grandfather had to say about politics and
how things were in his prime. They were some of the best moments in my life, and I wouldn't give them up for anything. I truly cherished our
conversations. I was the only one to talk and listen to him as he sat in his chair in the living room, while others in my family basically ignored
him, because they were to concerned with the trappings of their own lives to give a moment. Their loss, my gain, I suppose. So, anytime one them
speaks, we should at least give them our ears, because with each day, more and more will be gone forever, along with their wisdom and experiences.
They still have so much to offer, if we take the time to listen.
[edit on 27-11-2009 by Jakes51]