Wednesday, September 8, 2010

They Talk About Me Like a Dog

 President Obama
"If I said the sky was blue, they'd say no. If I said fish live in the sea, they'd say no. They just think it's better to score political points in an election than to solve problems."- President Obama
It appears President Obama sees his opponents as dimwitted nay-saying morons who just don't get it and would say "no" to anything he says just for the sake of saying "no". Although we cannot exclude the possibility that there are people who oppose everything the President says or does, the reality is more complex than that. Unfortunately it seems that the President does not even consider that someone might oppose his policies because they are flawed or wrong.

Obama's opponents had a very difficult time from the beginning of his Presidency. The critics were accused of racism. They supposedly criticized or disliked him because he was black. And while this might be true for some dissatisfied Americans, the truth, once again, is more complex.

It is a sign of hubris not to even consider that one's own actions may give rise to doubt or discontent just for what they are. The skin color of the President does not have anything to do with the fact that so many people are dissatisfied with the proposed solutions and policies.

The previous President had to endure public humiliation. People even threw eggs at his limousine on inauguration day. He was booed at and his rallies were disrupted. Blacks who opposed George W. Bush were never accused of racism or of criticizing the President because he was white. Such argument seems ridiculous although, for the sake of discussion, we cannot exclude the possibility that there were black people who disliked Bush because he happened to be a white man.

The Republicans, the Tea Party Movement, and a growing number of Democrats oppose the proposed policies because they do not believe that they will bring the expected improvement.

The disenchanted electorate has its voice heard in the primaries. The prevalent mood will find its culmination in the mid-term elections. And while the elections are still few weeks away, it is very probable that the Republicans will carry the victory. Some clever minds are working on solutions to the mess the country is in and the Nation puts a great hope in a Republican-dominated Congress.

Remember to cast your vote November 2nd. Vote for change!

By Dominique Allmon 

P.S. "They Talk About Me Like a Dog" is a phrase which President used in his speech on Labor Day in Milwaukee. The phrase comes from a Jimi Hendrix' song.

"That's been at the heart of what we've been doing over these last twenty months, building our economy on a new foundation, so that our middle class doesn't just survive this crisis, I want it to thrive. I want it to be stronger than it was before. And- and over the last two year(s) that's meant taking on some powerful interests. Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time, and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog." President Obama said to the crowd in Milwaukee

Lou Dobbs - a popular radio host - stated in an interview that what really hurt the President were not the lies that were told by his critics, but the truth. He suggested that it was critical for the White House and this President to "Quit whining and start leading".