Obama Needs YOUR Help!!

If you know me then you know I don’t love President Obama; but that doesn’t mean I hate the man so let’s not make this an either/or proposition. Let’s just say I was never caught under the spell of his special-ness (or skin color). Be that as it may, I do NOT want to see him fail. 

Post-election, I admit to holding high hopes for Obama’s vision. I too was feeling audacious –could WE create some real change in our nation? After witnessing a masterful campaign and the display of an incredible ability to rally and inspire followers, I wanted to believe. And now, I’m just saddened by the lack of follow-through. But that’s where WE the people come in.

The follow-through I’m talking about should have naturally flowed from the fact that Obama is well -versed in community organizing. As it stands, Saul Alinsky would NOT be proud of the fact that Obama built a massive amount of momentum and simply let it dissipate. It’s almost like all of his brilliant outreach and consensus building was for naught. And I have a feeling Obama is sitting in the Oval Office wondering, where my people at? 

Well Obama, your people are waiting to be told what to do, seeking instruction or dare I say…leadership. And by the way, hearing you repeat, “no one said this was going to be easy” does not inspire confidence. It’s like Super Chicken used to say, “you knew the job was dangerous when you took it…” —right?  In politics, the ability to spread your message far and wide, over and above the opposition is critical. Look at Rush Limbaugh’s impact; accurate or not, squeaky wheel gets the grease. So where are all the Obamites to shout down the Dittoheads? I know, I know, it’s so undignified but let’s be real; appearance is everything and your boy is in desperate need of a rally. Just say the word Obama, and like they say in church, “make it plain”.

As reality sets in it’s likely that this deflation of spirit was inevitable; however that’s not a reason to give up hope. Obama is 100% correct in acknowledging that he CANNOT do it alone. And that’s an open invitation for WE the people to get involved. Of course he needs agreement in Congress but Obama was NEVER going to be able to make the kinds of changes he promised without the help of WE the people. It is OUR responsibility to light a fire under the collective ass(es) of our obstructionist Congress and/or be ready (organized) to give them the boot. They serve at OUR pleasure and clearly this fact is something we and they need to be reminded about. Ultimately, now is the time to ask what you can do for your country… and President Obama, it’s time to unveil your iron fist.

 Recommended reading: Unite and Conquer by Kyrsten Sinema 

8 Responses to “Obama Needs YOUR Help!!”

  • Michael:

    Nashieqa,

    UR even more cynical than I am Nashieqa, damn!!! I haven’t given up total hope on President Obama . By the way could you please refer to him as President Obama instead of Obama or Barack. When you hear folks on cable news do that (particularly those on Fox), often it sounds disrespectful and as insightful as your blog is when you do, I kinda take it the same way and the Alinski comment was kinda of a cheap shot (sounds too much like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck who really are Obama haters). I will agree with you in that we are responsible for the change that we want and true leadership comes from us and not neccessarily the government especially since it seem that nobody from the two parties want to come together. Obstruction and division seems to be the favorite attitude of the congress. End the if we want the country to succeed and for Pres. Obama to succeed the question is not just what we expect from him, but what we expect for ourselves.

  • Michael:

    I agree with a lot of what u said, even though ur more cynical than I am (that’s saying a awful damn lot) and inspite of the comments about Alinski which was a low blow that would make Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity (true Obama haters to the nth degree). I haven’t given up on Pres. Obama yet even if I don’t agree with everything he says. The fact that he bailed out the people who got us in this financial mess is a major strike as well as his watered down healthcare plan. Also, you’re right that President Obama needs to show some more umph and stand up to the obstructionist within the congress like he started to do last week when he met the GOP leadership. In the end however, he does need help and all change comes from he people and if don’t like what u hear from the congress, vote the bums out.

  • Nashieqa:

    Is this cynicism? I referred to him as President Obama in the first sentence and it’s perfectly acceptable to subsequently drop the title (so sensitive). I also stated that the way things are is not a reason to give up hope. What more do you want from me? I’ve heard from many too skittish(?) to publicly comment on this blog and that’s a big part of the problem. You can’t expect anything FOR yourself if you’re too scared, busy, resigned or otherwise distracted to speak out and/or take action. But by all means wait until The Biggest Loser or Lost is over (I do sarcasm not cynicism). Interesting show titles don’t you think?

  • Tim:

    I have to ask the question of what type of success are you trying to see? In what way would President Obama be measured as successful? I have never been in our current President’s camp and I likely never will be. I value the individual and freedom too much. But for the sake of clarity do no automatically align me with the Republicans. I paint them all with the same brush. I don’t see Reps v. Dems, but politicians v. the people. Having said that Nashieqa I have to agree with you that on the night Obama (it is perfectly acceptable to refer to him by name, without title once the title was acknowledged…as it was earlier in my post) gave his acceptance speech. Honestly I was encouraged that for the first time in my life, quite possibly in the history of this country or perhaps the world, here stood a man in position to really do great things. He could have inspired personal responsibility, fiscally and socially. The change we could have seen could have built bridges to bring us all together. He could have transcended the abilities and potential of your standard politician, but alas, in practice he has proven to be nothing more. He promised transparency but delivers more closed door meetings and pandering to the same special interests that he blamed on the Republicans during the campaign. He spoke of reaching across the aisle and utilizing a truly bipartisan government, but has not lived up to that either. Granted, the Republicans are not easy to work with, or willing in this case either. All that I’ve seen in the past year from all factions of this regime (I used that word on purpose) is more of the same of what we have seen the past 16 years. President Obama promised us that he would not deliver the same old politics, but he has done nothing but so far. Politicians want more government, more control and the policies he’s trying to put in place confirm that. A lot of what has gone wrong in my lifetime with corporations and the like has to do more with governmental controls and involvement than it does with the lack of it. Just on the issue of nationalized health care, or health care reform, whichever term you prefer, my greatest concern is that the subjugation of the health care givers to the state, and that’s exactly how that plays out, is a very bad thing. In essence, you make a slave of the doctors and nurses who provide care. The first thing to remember is that no one has a right to ANYTHING that someone else must provide. To give into that truly ignores freedom. This President is no more above reproach than any other in our history. To think that he is renders one completely defenseless and proves a disservice to the vigilance that freedom requires. I think another issue here is that as a society we look too often to someone to make decisions for us to to tell us what to do and our culture does not cultivate that personal responsibility and fortitude required to act of our own accord. There are too many people waiting to be told that they can, or just looking for permission in the first place. It is not up to any President, or government to decide that. From what I discern thus far, President Obama is for, as are most politicians in office, the subjugation of the individual to the state. If that is truly his aim, then yes I want to see him fail as I do anyone with those same goals.

  • Nashieqa:

    It certainly is. He cannot do it alone, the President needs the ongoing support of those who were so rabidly invested in seeing him elected. Hope is fading fast. We know where to find the tea party set at all times — where are Obama’s people?

  • Yeri:

    Some great points are been made. We also have to remember that President Obama is just part of the equation. Our government is broken, with really bad timing as well. We should not expect them to address our problems accordingly. Until they get it together, we are on our own.

  • Nashieqa:

    @Tim

    I said I didn’t want him to fail, which is not the same as saying I want him to be successful. And this could turn into a semantical discussion but I am going to address some of what you said. I would define a successful Obama presidency/legacy as one that simply held true and stood firm on pre-election promises – knowing full well this is virtually impossible.

    “He could have inspired personal responsibility, fiscally and socially. The change we could have seen could have built bridges to bring us all together…”
    “All that I’ve seen in the past year from all factions of this regime (I used that word on purpose) is more of the same of what we have seen the past 16 years.”

    I think he did initially inspire people (we were both caught up in that) but inspiration is not the same as directing and/or leading. And I don’t believe President Obama could have been elected were he not part of the “regime” and hence dedicated to maintaining the status quo. I sincerely believe that any attempt to do something so radically different could cost the man his life; but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be held accountable.

    “…as a society we look too often to someone to make decisions for us to tell us what to do and our culture does not cultivate that personal responsibility and fortitude required to act of our own accord.”

    In one reading I’m getting disappointment that Obama could have inspired this personal responsibility but later it reads like a bootstrap argument. So I’m not altogether sure if we should be going it alone or looking to the government. A little of both I’m sure but I agree that our “culture” does NOT cultivate personal responsibility. But whose responsibility is it? The inculcation of values (and civic education) begins where? The home and the “state” through schools. We are all educated (read brainwashed) in the same way. Only some (a minority) seek to rise above their conditioning. Neither I (nor our forefathers) envisioned a totally engaged democracy (hence the electoral college). But please correct me if I’m wrong – I’m terrible with history. I guess I’m just saying that especially today, with so many competing messages, people need to be told what to do.

    “A lot of what has gone wrong in my lifetime with corporations and the like has to do more with governmental controls and involvement than it does with the lack of it.”
    “The first thing to remember is that no one has a right to ANYTHING that someone else must provide.“

    I agree with you in principle about corporations and government but the free market has not properly self-regulated (or corrected). We must have some checks and balances (oversight). And I do believe we have a right, as humans, to certain things. Or maybe “right” is not the correct word. I believe that as taxpayers, we can have legitimate and reasonable expectations and as human beings we have some moral obligations – but that’s another discussion.

    I am not under any illusion that things are going to magically get better under our current system. Quite frankly, without some major catalyzing natural or manufactured event, I’m not very optimistic about our planetary prospects – but I also don’t think that means do/expect nothing. I definitely agree the President is not above reproach. However, the climate of fear that has been created (around discussing race, national security, economic security, etc.) lends itself perfectly to perpetuating the aims of the Elite (yes I’m a proud conspiracy theorist).

    That is all.

  • Pamela, I love the look of this page! And your commentary isn’t bad either…Keep on keepin’ on, you’ve found your way.

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