Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Time to Close Ranks, Unite Behind Obama

Today we will all witness a historic day in America: the swearing in of Barack Obama, America's first black president. But today is historic for more reasons than that. For the first time in decades a new president will take the oath of office at a time when we are not only at war, but also in dire financial straits.

I have been a frequent critic of the liberal agenda, the Democratic party, and occasionally Barack Obama himself. However, as Obama assumes the presidency today, I call on Americans everywhere to close ranks and unite behind him. Now more than ever is a time to put aside partisan bickering and ideological differences. Our country faces tremendous challenges in restoring our weak economy, cutting the deficit, securing Iraq, and healing our wounded relationships with other countries.

Barack Obama cannot do this alone. He will need the help of all Americans: Republicans and Democrats, liberal and conservative, white and black, men and women. America, this is a time for us to stand together and focus our energies on solving the problems common to us all.

Although I strongly supported the GOP candidates in the primaries and the general election, I have always been impressed with much of what Barack Obama has to offer. As he is mostly untested at this point in his career, it is difficult to know what we can expect from him. However, I want him to succeed, and I want him to succeed fantastically. As Obama himself said after clinching the election, he is now everyone's president. So let us now throw our support to President Obama. Pray for him. Support him in our words. Support him in our deeds. Because he's going to need our help.

Barack Obama does indeed have a special aura about him. He seems to have the potential of a great, perhaps magnificent, leader. He is highly intelligent, sensitive to viewpoints that differ from his own, well-spoken, even-tempered, pragmatic, a solid family man, a person of strong character, and a hard worker. I pray to God that these traits which many of us perceive in him are in fact representative of who he really is, and that they will play a major part in how he governs these great United States of America. Obama is not now a great leader. He has not proven anything yet. But I, and I think most people, truly want him to become a great leader. God knows we need one right now.

Americans close ranks. Unite behind President Obama. Unite together to help him solve the serious problems we face. And if we disagree with him at times, let it be as part of the loyal opposition. We can disagree with some of his positions while still supporting and respecting him in his role as the president of our great country. In these perilous times, the need to support our leaders is greater than ever. It is patriotic to express divergent opinions, and we should continue to do so, but we must go forward with an eye focused on supporting those who are trying their hardest to do what they believe is in the best interests of the American people. Even if our support is qualified, it will go a long way toward uniting this country and giving President Obama the moral authority he needs to lead us out of these difficult times.

22 comments:

frozone said...

Nice thought, Matt, but unfortunately Obama is not including us in his circle of advisers. Why should we unite and support him if he doesn't listen to our point of view? He's taking his cues from Lincoln and inviting a lot of old adversaries into his cabinet, unfortunately they are all from the left. (Gates is the only exception, but we'll see how long that lasts. I personally think this is a temporary hold over to mollify the conservatives in congress to ram some more spending bills through.)

I just don't see the inclusiveness that would merit my unchecked support. No thanks.

The Obama administration is going to be much like the Inauguration, all form and no substance. He's more interested in symbolism, perception, and what the historians will say about him than actually uniting the country.

David Alvord said...

How about Obama and the rest of Washington unite behind the people? It is the people who have the power, is it not? I do understand your sentiment and do agree to a certain point. But I cannot abandon my principles for the sake of a charismatic leader. I agree, Obama does deserve our prayers. But in those prayers we should hope that our new President gives us something to Unite around. We should not blindly give our power to a Man just because our country has problems. That was part of the mistake Germany made when they united so fervently around Adolf. Problems or no, we must stand by our conservative principles!

Anonymous said...

Unite behind Obama? Holy smokes. That is just plain nutty. It would take a much huge-er personality cult attraction for me to give up my love of the ideals embodied in the Constitution in exchange for some cheap Socialist agenda. Yikes.

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