They gave him four years of obstruction.The Elections season of
2012 is nearly over. We could not fathom the degree of hypocrisy this campaign
season produced, as nearly anything and everything has been said by the
Romney/Ryan team to win the election. You have to be careful about someone who
will say anything to get something they want. Both Romney and Ryan have
reversed position on several oft stated, well documented statements that
would do serious damaged to the American economy and national morale. We would
have a pure, unadulterated capitalist running the country and a
draconian young ideologue one heartbeat away from running the country.
To date, you can’t trust
what either of them says, but you can predict what either of them will do. They
have shown us their character. Character is not what you say you are. It’s what
others say you are. Character is not what you say you do. Character is what you
do - whether you say it or not. There are no more lambasted members of the
Republican Party than Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Neither one is really
respected in their party. They represent totally different factions, neither of
which is in sync with the majority of Americans. The GOP is just playing the
game at this point. They know who Romney and Ryan are, and they benefit from
their message, so they tolerate them.
We know who Romney and
Ryan are too. The real question is, on election night,
admit to knowing who they are? Or do they even care? Do they really want get
rid of Obama so badly that they will ruin the recovery for ideas that will
proven ruinous to the country? Is America’s character in sync with
that of Romney/Ryan? Or does America
believe it is on the right track with President Obama? Election night will be a
true character test for the whole nation.
President Barack Obama
is a good man, who has done a decent job – especially given the challenges he
faced coming into office. Nobody said, or even expected, the nation had
to be turned around in four years - four years ago. Nobody knew how bad it
really was, nor did they know how long it would take to fix. The American
people just knew it had to be fixed and they chose a man they thought had the
character to make the most earnest effort to fix it. Barack Obama has kept
nearly every promise he made to the American people. The promises that weren’t
kept were because Congress refused even to consider them. The expectation
clearly was that everything couldn’t be done in four years.
President Obama’s administration has represented progress in a way that really
can’t be denied. The recovery is what it is because the circumstances were like
they were. You can’t rush what takes time. It’s like trying to make a woman
give birth in four months instead of nine. The gestation period is what it is.
The nation’s economic
recovery was predicated on the nation implementing some very sound and
pragmatic principles. Yes, the nation had to tighten its belt, and Obama did
that - slowing the rate of government spending beyond anything any of the
recent American Presidents have done. But recovery was also predicated on the
nation creating new sources of revenues to pay for “the sins of the past.”
The anti-taxation movement has brought this country to near ruin.
movement has brought this country to near ruin. This generation of Americans
must pay their way as every other generation has. In a nation that allows
earning beyond measure, taxation for unlimited wealth accumulation is the price
of greed. Don’t want to pay unreasonable tax bills? Then don’t make
unreasonable sums of money. The problem is that the one percent doesn’t even
want to pay reasonable tax rates. They super-wealthy want to pay no taxes, but
expect everybody else to pay their way through society. In an egalitarian
society, a society of equals, we all pay our way. That’s all the President ever asked for, and they wouldn’t give it
to him. Instead, they gave him four years of obstruction and this Congress has proven
to be the lowest rated Congress in the history of rating Congresses (with an
approval rating that dropped as low as 7% and never raised above 20% in the
last two years). None of us can accomplish much when we have those who are
supposed to be our partners in governing pulling against us.
they really want get rid of Obama so badly that they will ruin the
recovery for ideas that will proven ruinous to the country?
It didn’t take much to see
what was going on, and after all the games that have been played, newspapers
all around the country - even newspapers that weren’t fans of this
administration, showed some journalistic integrity in endorsing Obama’s
re-election and provided sound rationalization for doing so. Some of these
papers have cloudy character on fair journalism, but they have passed the
character test on advocating what’s best for the country. Isn’t that what we
all are supposed to be doing? Or is it what’s best for an oligarchic segment of
the country? The choice is really clear, but we have elected anti-intellectual
oligarchs before - so it can’t be taken for granted that we won’t do it again.
The difference is that the office was open in 2000. Clinton couldn’t run for re-election (and
would have won if he could’ve). This time, the nation has a good man, a smart
man, a pragmatic man, running for re-election. Will it do the right thing?
I wholeheartedly endorse
President Barack Obama’s re-election, and encourage you to tell everybody you
know to do the same. I also wholeheartedly endorse the following in California:
Atty. Jackie Lacey
– Los Angeles District Attorney
Richardson – Congress District 44
– Assembly District 59
Yes on Prop. 30
No on Prop. 32
No on Prop. 34
No on Prop. 37
No on Prop. 39
No on Measure J
It is time to see what America’s
national character is really about. We will test our own community character in
the process. It’s not always about what the “other man” does. We have to be
true to ourselves in order to make a difference in our local communities. And,
in being true to self, we show our character if we’re being true to what’s in
the best interest of all.
That’s where character
really counts. Vote on Election Day, November 6th.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Dr. Anthony Asadullah
Samad, is a national columnist, managing director of
the Urban Issues Forum and author of Saving
The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom. His Website is AnthonySamad.com. Twitter @dranthonysamad. Click here to contact Dr. Samad.