Why Should We Reelect Barack Obama?
I have made it no secret through my blogs that I’m a big supporter of President Barack Obama. I’m of course a Democrat and I would suppose you could call me a loyalist. I even become more of a loyalist to the Democratic Party the more I watch as Republicans try their best to defeat our current president, and because they do that at the detriment of the country. I’m always reminded of what Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) said:
No, not to create more jobs for unemployed Americans, not to get the country’s economy back on track, just defeat President Obama; this all coming from “The Country First” party.
Still, we should not reelect Barack Obama just to keep Mitch McConnell from achieving his number one goal, no more than Mitch McConnell should be making his number one goal, to defeat Barack Obama. We should reelect him because he’s proven to us over the course of his first term in office that he deserves a second term. I also believe that if given another chance, along with given a congress that isn’t set out to defeat him at every single turn, that he will bring down the unemployment rate to an acceptable level again, and turn this economy around.
Now you might ask “Why didn’t he do these things in his first term? I would say “Give the guy a break!” After only two years in office, he was handed a congress that refused to budge on anything that came from his administration, even on things they once supported, like the health care insurance mandate for instance, which by the way was supported by the current frontrunner of the candidates running for the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich when he was the speaker of the house during the Clinton years.
There is also the argument that Obama had a chance his first two years when he did have a Democrat controlled congress, so why not then? I also know that two years is not enough time to turn around what took eight years in the making, after George W. Bush and company dragged us through the mud with huge tax cuts for the super-rich and two wars; the second one unjustified and neither of them paid for. Then pile on that; a prescription drug program for Medicare recipients that also wasn’t paid for. I will also take this opportunity to point out that Republican lawmakers now want everything paid for.
This president has also faced some of the worse personal attacks from the extreme elements of the Republican Party, or should I say; the Tea Party, than any president has faced. It’s my opinion he has dealt with these attacks because he’s a black man with a Middle-Eastern name, not in anything he has done. What he has done in office is not too far off to what any Democrat president would do as far as signing into law a stimulus package to keep the country from falling much deeper into a recession than it actually did, and passing a health care law that, though not perfect, is much better than what we’ve had over the course of the last century.
Did he make mistakes? Certainly, as all men who are human do, but the only really big mistake he made I believe was extending the same previous administration’s tax cuts that helped get us into the mess in the first place. Then of course, the Republicans paid him back for compromising with them, by opposing him every step he has made.
I will always wonder what would have happened if the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party hadn’t dominated the midterm elections in 2010 and instead of Democrats losing the House of Representatives and losing seats in the Senate, they gained seats in each chamber and Obama had a chance to do what he really wanted to do with this country. We’ll never know for sure unfortunately.
Then there are his foreign policy successes; he didn’t just make the claim he’d get Osama bin Laden, he got him, along with many of his top henchmen. He also made the right choice by not putting troops on the ground in Libya, this at the opposition of some on the right who would have preferred we either put troops down, or not get involved at all; they just couldn’t make up their minds. He’s also brought an end to the Iraq war; just yesterday the last military convoy moved out.
I have heard Republicans make the claim that he didn’t keep many of his campaign promises, but I beg to differ; I believe in comparison to presidents past, that he’s done much better than most at keeping his promises. We should also not forget that he made many of those promises before the Bush Administration let us know that many banks were going belly up if we didn’t hand them a huge amount of our tax dollars.
Still, President Obama went in with his head held high and set about doing what he could to get us on track, all the while those on the right were attacking him unfairly by saying he wasn’t born in this country and that he was a secret Muslim; all lies that have fallen flat. He was accused of lying, which to this day, I don’t know what they think the lie was or is.
Yes, I believe in my heart that Barack Obama deserves a second term, especially considering the makeup of the candidates that would replace him from the right. But unlike the Republican field of candidates, which seems to turn on who is most not like Obama, it’s not who Obama is not like, it’s who he is.
Who he is to me is this; a man who has stood tall against unfair and untrue attacks on his character; a president who has shown us an unshakable resolve to finish what he started and an unwavering focus on the job ahead. To me there is no better man, right or left that can do as great a job as Barack Obama if given the right tools, which are a willing Congress and a nation behind him. To me, that’s certainly good reason to give this man four more years to complete the job he began when he first stepped into the White House. Hopefully the rest of America will agree with me come election 2012.