For starters, in terms of fundamental values and belief
, which is really the first cause in any civil and burgeoning society, something that I
believe is still in the realm of all possibility both for the United States and the larger world, I happen to think that when Obama states that "my
individual salvation is inextricably tied to our collective salvation" he understands something about the importance of "we", which while that would
indeed be the framework of choice for any aspiring politician, is nevertheless the correct philosophy and value to hold, placing things in the
appropriate context, all the way to the brotherhood of man, when framed by liberty and the right to self determination including economic justice and
thus equal access to higher education which makes all new things possible via innovation, self-improvement and the realization of the American dream
being still accessible in spite of the recent war on the middle class and the greatest bank heist in the history of the world. Sorry for the run on
Policies flow from ideals and values. The ancients of the Indus River Valley Civilization understood that from a cherished ideal in the heart as a
first/last cause flows the whole of human experience at all levels, and throughout the structure of society. I think Obama actually understands this,
and it is his central recurring theme that he likes to keep touching on over and over again.
It beats the heck out of what we were given by the Bush/Cheney crazies, whereby
“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ''Patriotism'' is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by
''patriotism'' I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in
one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just
as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not
love, but idolatrous worship.”
~ Erich Fromm, American Psychologist
If you can't love everyone equally, then your love is without foundation, and therefore your sense of service and purpose, without direction.
In my humble opinion, and don't get me wrong, I'm not an "Obama lover" as I love all people, Obama understands this clearly and therefore something
about the true nature of American Virtue, whereby one definition that I've heard for virtue is "power, restrained". It is the authentic model of
leadership of Jesus Christ in fact.
May it then extends outwardly to the world as "soft power" within the frame of a global, multilateral alliances and enlightened mutual best interests
(including global warming), not a purely unipolar hardened US-self interest, at the other's expense and without regard to the value of human life and
the framework of international law (see Bush/Cheney years for more).
Mind you if he doesn't bring a halt to the war, and keeps the drones firing and killing innocents, and American citizens, then he would forfeit his
claim to those same values that he espouses, so the jury is still out, but I think overall that he's on the right track in terms of what he's trying
to bring about, but
it's really up to all of you, but if almost half of you are consumed with hatred for Obama and your government, blaming them for everything, even your
own sad state of affairs, then where are you (are we?)? What part are you playing, what role?
I'm not saying to love and trust your government, not at all.
I'm just saying be reasonable and remember that you are not a pro-Obama and an anti-Obama America or American, you are the United States of America,
and each one among us, however great or small is still but the smallest and thus the greatest part of "we the people". You are like the wind that
blows in the flag may it blow proudly once again!
So what I'm implying by the OP and the title is that vehement anti-Obama hatred is undermining the collective good of the American people in terms of
the direction of the individual and collective energies, which might be better spent focusing on improving ourselves, our own lives and the lives of
everyone we touch, because after all, our individual salvation is inextricably tied to our collective salvation - what a wonderful American value.
Kind of difficult to deploy or make it heartfelt, however, when almost half of the people hate you unto their very blood and bones.
I don't know but I just think it's a little too much and a real waste of time and energy.
Could have been worse too, if McCain, or Romney or Giuliani were in - then there'd be more all-out warfare, and god knows what kind of Corporate
cronyism and military-industrial establishment domination including the continued militarization of the bureaucracy like that which we "enjoyed"
during the Bush/Cheney years..
edit on 30-1-2013 by NewAgeMan because: typo