a cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with no facts to back up his assertions. Opposing opinions are welcome, but please be nice. Mean spirited comments will only be deleted. As always, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head.
I was not a supporter of Barack Obama in 2008. I didn’t think he had the experience as a politician or as an executive. I did not think he would be good for the economy, and I thought he would be weak on the international front. All these things plus he is a liberal Democrat and I have always favored a more conservative approach to the economy, and while I tend to be more liberal on social issues, I am probably not as liberal as our President.
The one thing I did think we would gain as a country with Mr. Obama as our President was improved race relations throughout the country. I thought a successful black man who earned his position without any special treatment or advantages would set a tone within the black community that biases and discrimination do not have to be a roadblock to success.
I thought that a strong black leader in the White House would be a positive influence in the black community when leadership and a positive influence were needed.
I thought a strong black leader in the White House would help dispel racial prejudices in the white communities.
I thought a strong black leader in the White House would help to heal racial wounds and unite our country.
I thought wrong.
It seems to me that racial problems in this country have been exacerbated, not mitigated since Mr. Obama took office. When there have been incidences of white injustice against blacks, the President has been more inflammatory than calming. When there have been black injustices against whites, the executive office has been silent. The uniter many of us hoped for has been more of a divider.
We have been more divided racially, more divided economically, more divided politically.
The poor hate the rich even more than they did in 2007. Blacks and whites are more fearful of each other than they were in 2007. Democrats hate Republicans even more than they did in 2007. Republicans hate Democrats even more than they did in 2007.
People talk, but no one listens. Minds are made up, and hatred is solidified. The country has never been more polarized at so many levels. This can only be blamed on a lack of leadership.
Perhaps healthcare (Obamacare) will prove to be hugely successful. Perhaps Iran will lose their nuclear desires, and maybe the Middle East will settle down. Maybe the economy will reach full employment and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class will shrink. All that would be wonderful, except if the country is more polarized than ever, we will still be worse off. Hatred and polarization is more destructive than any of the societal ills the current administration has set out to cure.
Many people voted for Mr. Obama to show the world that we can rise above racial differences and because they thought a highly educated well spoken black man who was not born to privilege would provide the leadership we need to end the divisiveness that has been a dark cloud over the country for 150 years.
I might be wrong; maybe things aren’t really worse than they were before 2008. I guess cops shooting blacks isn’t new, and blacks ambushing cops isn’t new. I have been called horrible names by liberals when I declare myself to be a Republican, and I know Democrats are not treated much better by many conservatives, but that isn’t new either.
Maybe hatred, distrust and divisiveness in this country is no worse than before 2008; but it certainly is no better, and for that I am disappointed.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.