Here’s what Barack Obama will not do:
He will not turn America into a Socialist state. (We don’t even know how to spell Socialist here.) He will not raise your taxes and give all the money to welfare mothers, nor will he confiscate your land and turn it into a nature sanctuary. He will not turn your quaint farming community into the south side of Chicago. The airwaves will not become either a libertine wasteland or a bland politically correct wasteland.
He will also not fix the financial crisis and give a hundred thousand dollars to everyone with a mortgage. He will not get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan two weeks after the inaugural. He will not make all our neighbors any less scary, nor will he single-handedly stop global warming. He will not turn the clock back to the day before George W. Bush was elected or the days of Franklin Roosevelt.
Here’s what he will do, based on what we’ve seen in the last two years:
He will talk to us, and he will give us straight talk that none of the self-described straight talkers we’ve had in the last decade have done. He will encourage us, he will push where he can, listen to both those in agreement and in opposition, and it is through this he will lead us. He will be concilatory with our allies, and he will strive to make America the shining beacon of hope and justice that it should be.
And he will ask us to do what we can. I think it’s fair to say he will community-organize us. This is not a bad thing in the least.
It doesn’t disturb me that he has what some people call a lack of experience. There are very few people who have the experience to lead a country such as the United States; last I’ve seen, the list included only former presidents. It’s all on-the-job training. To me a president doesn’t have to know how all the nuts and bolts work. A president must communicate. A president must know who to ask for advice, when to trust it, and then give overall direction. Sometimes the president needs to look decisive, but of course no decision is ever his alone. That’s why there’s a cabinet and other advisors.
Remember, we also elected a Congress of 538 members. Not even all the Democrats are of one philosophy; the conservative Democrats will put the brakes on the machine at times. There is also a large federal bureaucracy, and 51 state (and district) governments. No radical change CAN be made.
The biggest positive outcome of this election, to me, is that we’re going to get rid of a cadre of leaders who are quite frankly at odds with the best ideals of America. They governed with a loose regard for the Constitution and laws of the country, and they willfully shut out dissenters. In its place, we are getting someone who will lead us, not drag us, and, we hope, install a new set of government leaders who will help us restore what we have lost in these early years of the twenty-first century.
No one is shut out. Everyone is needed. It’s not a red country or a blue country. It’s America.