(I am not intending to hurt anyones feelings but I am angry and I am not going to keep this in. This is MY opinion. If your opinion is different please, please share. If you can answer any of my questions PLEASE DO. But please if you feel like you need to be an asshole on my blog, I would appreciate you just don't leave a comment.)
So I try to avoid political blogs as I try to keep my overall blog semi-light and humorous, plus I know 1) people get turned off by political blogs 2) people are TIRED of political blogs 3) people get so highly passionate about politics….hence the length of this blog.
However, I have had ENOUGH and I would like to say that I am sick and tired of people being SO overly critical of President Obama. I am not talking about having different ideals then him and being critical of those issues…OF COURSE people should have different view points. I am talking about people who just will not even give him a chance and seem to have such a strong dislike, even hate for not only the people who voted for him but more importantly what the man stands for and what he does that they call him names and bring him down when they can. (I am sure if they could they would find fault with the way he wipes his ass.) There is a difference between disagreeing with him politically and just being a smug and condescending asshole towards him.
Like I said, you shouldn’t agree with everything one person is doing but this over critical attitude is unacceptable. The fact remains there are people who didn’t like Obama from the beginning and I am afraid to say will never like him, no matter what he does. They will find fault with even the “good” things he does and find joy in the “bad” things he does. It is almost like these people want Obama to fail just so they can say, see I told you he wasn’t qualified for the position.
I also had a discussion with someone and they said, “well you were very critical of President Bush.” Fact remains; I may not have agreed with Bush’s ideas and stance on things when he entered the office but I gave him a chance. He was our President and 3 months into it I was NOT calling him names. I have NEVER been afraid to admit when I am wrong and I truly try to be opened minded with everyone. Even after 9/11 I stood behind him and supported what he did. I may not have thought war was the best option, but like many people I was angry and figured that he would unify us as a country and that the President had OUR best interests in mind. After a couple years I saw that this was not going the way it should and it took those YEARS of false promises and poorly running our country in many many other areas other then just the war for me to ultimately loose respect in President Bush’s judgment and ability to run OUR country. Yes, the last few years I have been VERY critical of where he has taken our country and many of the things he has done over the last 8 years but I gave him a chance and I have every right to be angry with him and how he ran our country. Plus, I have always tried to project my frustration/concerns/opinions in ways that have been semi-educated in nature and not strictly based on my emotions. But even any smug comment I made was left to myself or to only those people closest to me. Even then, there was a line I wouldn’t cross. But SO many people are not even giving President Obama a chance to fail or succeed. It hasn’t even been THREE months since he has taken office and some people are acting like it has been 4 years of him just fucking up as President.
And I ask why? Why is it SO hard for people to be open to him? Is it strictly because you are SO against how he plans to run things? Is it just simply because he is a Democrat and you are a Republican and you have different ideals? Is it specifically just HIS ideals that upset you? I mean I personally find it very hard to believe that him being a Democrat is the lone reason for this hatred because we know BOTH parties have their issues and neither has gotten it right 100% (or even 50%) and if we can not even be OPEN to others ideals and perspectives without criticizing everything they stand for then we are fools. So what is it, is it just not liking Obama? I REALLY want to know because that alone is not enough to be acting like this towards him a few months in. Bush messed up many times and was not perfect. You have to see that and can’t keep covering up for him and all the bullshit he did while in the position as President. And will Obama do things that people do not agree with? YES. And will he mess up? YES. There hasn’t been a President who hasn’t, but only time will tell to what degree they mess up. But the big problem I have and the difference is people are not giving him a chance and instead of giving constructive criticism and educated opinions they have resorted to 5th grade name calling and back-handed comments. Yes, very mature.
Or is it because you simply never wanted him to be President and think he is not qualified for the position as President? Well then you just need to drop it, as there is nothing you can do about it as he IS President. I understand your frustration just like I am sure you understand how people felt when Bush was elected not once but twice. Welcome to a Democratic world and the freedom of choice.
Could it be because you feel he is over “commercialized” because he is on magazines and t-shirts and all over the place in the entertainment media? Because "he" blogs and twitters or because he goes on talk shows while he is attending corresponding appointments? Well I say, so, and I don’t get this either. Over the years people have been so worn down that what does it matter if people are looking to someone to try to change the status quo and give them, dare I say the word, hope. I agree that there are some people who may think he is going to solve everything and put him on a pedestal that he doesn't deserve or even want for that matter, but this is NOT the majority (as much as you wish it was) and I too get annoyed with these individuals and think they are being unrealistic…but again, this isn’t the majority. JUST because you support Obama and wear a shirt showing that support or proudly display a bumper sticker on your car doesn’t mean anything more then the fact that he is OUR President and if that is how an individual wants to show their support then really what difference does it make to you. NONE. And think about how much people adored Reagan and Kennedy….if they were in 2009 they could have been treated the same way…dare I say at the time they were treated like Celebrities. It is a phase and will die down, just like it has in the past. Obama took a different approach and is reaching out to people in different ways. It isn’t taking away from him running our country; it is getting the word out there through different avenues.
And if you think it is because how much the MEDIA praises him then you also will realize how much they also criticize him. Hello Fox news. In the end, it goes both ways and though I listen to the viewpoints of the mass media I really take what they have to say with a grain of salt. Anyways, it is hard to give a rats ass about what the media thinks anymore. The minute they started making Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and anything else pop culture related headline news was the minute I lost all respect for what they had to say. If it is the media that is making you upset about Obama, turn off your TV. And if you think that people & the media are “brain washed” by Obama, as I heard one station suggest then I really don’t know what to tell you because I can not have an intelligent conversation with claims like that.
We are at a time right now that is scary. Many of us have never seen anything like this before and there is a lot of uncertainty. I know many people do not believe that Obama has the experience to handle this and that he is not the person you wanted in office. But it is done. At this point instead of constantly tearing him down in such a mean and ridiculous way we should be coming together to try to support the direction of OUR country, which means supporting the individual running the country. PLEASE have your opinions and thoughts about what is going on but do it in a thought out, intelligent and respectful way and don’t just make back-handed comments about him because you think you are being funny and showing your loyalty to the “other side”. That just furthers the divide between people instead of us coming together. Give him the time he DESERVES to show you what he will do for our Country. He alone did not put us in the position we are in and I do believe he is trying to do what is best for ALL OF US. I don’t know what is going to happen and I have my concerns as well, but I will also not unjustly tear him down if he doesn’t deserve it. I am supporting him as President of our Country. And when he gives me just reason to not agree with him or be upset with how he deals with things, then you can bet I will say something. But this unwarranted bullshit name-calling and constant criticism has to stop.
In the words of my mother, if you have nothing nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all.