Well, here I am. Until I find the pacifist within, I'll continue offering my thoughts regardless of tone - except for a lack of civility. Today I'm thinking about the issue of the President's race. Never, in recent years, has race been waved as the prevalent cause for discontent as it is now. The interesting thing is, it's white politicians doing it.
While racism is alive and well in this country, I don't believe that the recent groundswell against health care reform is caused by it. It's caused by poorly articulated plans and ideas by a one sided Congress trying to capitalize on every moment they have in power whether it's good for the people or not.
Add to that the fact that Obama is not in control of much of anything. No leader in the world is afraid of him. They've seen that he's more of a pacifier than a leader regardless of his vow to "change the world". That in of itself may have a lot to do with it. The rest of the world may not want to be changed. Especially after watching our President trying to change our country into his vision of what it should be rather than what the Constitution, which he swore to uphold, has laid out. Combine that with the people saying "just wait a minute" and even some in his own party getting in sync with the people.
No. It's not race. It's an overly ambitious agenda poorly thought through and being shoved down our throats by Chicago style politics.
Netanyahu has thumbed his nose at us. George Mitchell, Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, came home empty handed from the latest Palestinian Israeli peace talks. Iran is still fomenting hatred of the Israelis and Israel is ramping up it's anti-nuclear rhetoric against Iran. Asian leaders are flexing their muscles. Russia got it's wish for the departure of our missal shields yet they continue to refuse deeper sanctions against Iran.
Our foreign policy is weak. Is it a lack of respect? To be polite. Or is it those with ambitions contrary to ours know they have little to fear from the U.S. because of inexperienced leadership facing turmoil at home?
Nope. It is not predominantly race that have the people ranting against Obama. It's his policies. It's his attempts to destroy what has made America great with intrusive government intervention well beyond where needed. It's blind ambition on the part of some and tone deafness on the part of others. It's inexperience trying to masquerade behind flowery rhetoric.
The only thing black here is my mood and the future of this country if things continue the way they are at the pace they are. Do one thing at a time, do it well, then move on. An unheard of maxim in this administration.
In all that I wrote, whether you agree with it or not, there is no mention of race. Nor should there be. It's just not a factor.