Moments ago President Obama spoke to the nation, and presumably the world, on his decision to join with the international community in a coordinated response to the violence perpetrated by Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi upon the Libyan people.
Early in the speech, the President said that from the outset, the United States had been swift and certain in its condemnation of Qadaffiâ€™s actions. Â While this sounded good, it was a lie.Â If fact, a week of atrocities occurred during which the President remained curiously silent.Â His press secretary, in responding to why this was so, cited â€œscheduling problems.â€ Yet, during that same week, the President was able to suddenly find the time to schedule coaching his daughterâ€™s basketball team because the coach â€œhad a scheduling problem.â€ Â The Presidentâ€™s daughter was not even present for the game he coached.
I am less concerned here with the Presidentâ€™s motives, or lack thereof, in responding selectively to Middle East revolutionaries.Â I leave that to others.
What does concern me is the current, palpable lack of leadership with which we are faced.Â This President is unlike any other I can recall in my lifetime. His disengagement from the American people is disturbing but timely.
(Did she just write, â€œtimely?â€)
Yes, I did.
Itâ€™s timely because weâ€™ve arrived at a point in the evolution of human Consciousness where we must all be leaders.Â We must all take charge every minute of every day of our thoughts, words and deeds.Â We must each source within and find what is true and meaningful for us as individualsâ€¦ while fully knowing that we are all connected.
We have awakened to the truth of Oneness.Â Whether it is the heroic and admirable people of Japan facing multiple tragedies, the tortured and oppressed peoples of Libya, or the 12-year-old daughter of a slain Israeli family who is now orphaned along with her two brothersâ€¦ we are all One and responsible for One And Otherâ€¦ one another.
For Our Self and The Other because we are all connected.
So, I am less concerned with one manâ€™s action and timing than I am with yours and mine. Â Hope and Change are just words.Â No single individual will turn the tide as quickly as each and every individual awaking to rise and meet the challenges of personal responsibility and connectedness.
The owner of an Israeli supermarket has been providing food for the three remaining children of the slain Fogel family during the shiva (seven day mourning period).Â He informed the 12-year-old daughter who found her slain parents and brothers that “she better get used toâ€ seeing him around because he is going to provide weekly food for she and her two surviving brothers until the last orphan is 18 years old.
Now thatâ€™s hope and change and thatâ€™s how we do it.
Let’s leave the posturing and politics to the United Nations and world governments.