I am not at all disappointed with President Obama’s style, or priorities, in governing thus far. I did not vote for candidate Obama because I thought, or more accurately felt, something disingenuous and dangerously egotistical about him.
And so I think the country bought exactly what was being sold… if not exactly what it actually wanted.
Now, under mounting pressure for his detachment, non-performance and delay, our President is looking to “kick ass” rather than lead. He is unconcerned with fulfilling the job of leadership for which he was elected (and for which he campaigned) while allowing the judicial process to work as designed to determine negligence and fault, if any, and corresponding liability. The President apparently believes he is judge, jury and executioner.
The problem with his approach is that it is un-American and, more importantly, dangerous.
Our current challenges…economic, societal and global…are not akin to those of a misguided adolescent needing his or her parent to extricate them from the unintended outcome of poor choices. We are a nation of individuals founded, and grounded, in both freedom of thought and enterprise…going through a period of transition. What we need is leadership to mirror strength and compassion as we move through new and uncharted territory fraught with pitfalls.
What we definitely DO NOT NEED is an elitist, egotistical ideologue with a specific agenda whose personal mission is to impose the will of a few upon the many.
We are, and always have been, a nation of differences. It is strength tempered by compassion that creates an environment that fosters the peaceful co-existence of diversity. Its why the heart chakra (center of compassion) is located above the solar plexus chakra (center of power). We are meant to temper strength with compassion.
We are not meant to “kick ass.”
Its a reasoned guess that this President and I differ on considerably more than we agree upon. However, I would hope that we agree on this. The most successful and enduring experiment on Earth in individuality and personal liberty is the United States of America.
The answers to its current challenges will be found in our individual and collective histories, our ingenuity and our continued reverence for personal responsibility.
The answers will definitely not be found in the failed efforts of undemocratic nations who have repeatedly and unsuccessfully used force, combined with a diminution of personal liberty and personal responsibility, to force upon its citizens an unsustainable political and economic construct.
There’s a lot of talk these days from this Administration and its supporters about “unsustainability.” I would suggest that there is nothing more unsustainable, or more unproductive, than a kick ass mentality.
Strength with compassion. Now there’s a winning combo.
And a better campaign slogan.