Thursday, June 25, 2009

Novice President - Strong or Weak?

5 months is not a very long time to judge the President on merits of his administration. But this is not a 'Learn on the Job' position.

This is the most powerful position an individual can hold, leader of the most powerful nation and leader of the free world.

Much has happened in these 5 months. A mountain of legislation has been proposed and an even bigger mountain of money has been spent. I'm not sure how much more time we can afford to give our novice president the benefit of the the doubt.

We are definitely stuck with the four year term, but at our spending pace I'm a little ... all right, down right scared out of my pants of what this nation and, well, my family's financial status will be at the end of those four years. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has the 'two-o'clock in the morning meetings' with our thoughts.

I don't think we should just sit back and hope for the best. We need to be pro-active. By that I mean in a 'legal, responsible and law abiding way'.

First with our vote. We can't afford to vote on some lofty ideas and promises that we know very well can't be kept. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

It reminds me of those 6th grade school presidents speeches given. "I promise pizza every Friday and ice-cream every Monday, vote for me" Personally I believe we've fallen for the 6th grade speech.

Second, we need to be pro-active by writing to our representative to voice our opinions on proposed legislation and when we want to voice a positive, "you're doing a good job" or a prodding "you're not doing a good job". Or how about "I support this proposed legislation. As my representative you need to know that". The point being, we need to keep in touch with our elected officials not just on election day, but continually. They need to know we are watching least they slip off to Venezuela or stuff money in their freezers at home.

Thirdly, we need to use the right of protest. To assembly as a community and voice our thoughts and opinions out loud (peacefully of course, but firmly).

Fourthly, we need to pray like the dickens. Prayer in thankfulness of what we have and prayer for those that have not. Pray for our nation to be the light in the world our Father in Heaven wants us to be.

I read this article that does a little 5 month assessment, but I agree with it.

Robust Weakness

WASHINGTON -- The anti-government protests in Iran following the government's rigged elections are doubtless a little more than the "robust debate" among Iranians that President Barack Obama welcomed during the election. Some of the debaters have been shot dead. Others have been hustled off to jail. I wonder if this is an eye-opener for our novice president.

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