Now that the historic 2008 election for the President of the United States is over and Barack Obama has won…there will be great expectations. Obama really ran on the platform of “change”. As the agent of change…he will be watched and judged in a way like no other before him. Everyone is expecting miracles; and miracles, is what this nation needs. Families are looking for stability in their lives.
As we have demonstrated to the world over the last few months…we have to get our finances as a country and as a world under control. We must heal the breakdown of credit and the housing industry…the buying, selling and foreclosure of homes. We must address the nations dependency on oil from foreign countries. We must investigate and explore alternative forms of energy. We must address the dwindling funding that forms the foundation of education in both lower and higher education. We must find a way to insure those who have no medical insurance. We need to apply some solutions to the social security flux which will drain the funds because of the aging population. We must repair relationships with countries around the world that have been badly damaged over the last 8 years. We must continue to protect ourselves and others who are under siege from terrorists around the world. We must insure that our children have opportunities before them that children from other countries have.
I say we meaning, African Americans and all Americans, Democrats and Republics, conservatives and liberals, men and women…it doesn’t matter who you are…we are in this thing called life together…and that is how we have to approach solutions to the problems that we face as a country.
With an unprecedented stacked deck of Democrats in the House & Senate, as well as a Democratic President, we will have great expectations from Barack Obama as leader of the United States. Republicans have taken the heat for the condition of the United States for quite some time…now it is time for Democrats to prove their worth as they lead our citizens.
Is President elect Obama up to the task? He had better be…because it is unacceptable to think about the alternative; and, the impact it will have on this country if he fails at any one of the aforemented issues; as well as many, many more issues which are in need of major renovation to become healthy once again.
Hopefully, we will not, in our zeal to affect change in this country, continue to attack the basic values of conservative America. We are seeing escalating legal attacks on the defination of traditional views of marriage and family. We have people who are determined to stretch the defination to include gay marriages as a legally recognized state of marriage. There are those who seek to further liberal ideas such as legalizing marijuana and prostitution; or expanding the limits of abortion. It seems that traditional values in this country are being turning upside down…what has been considered to be right is now viewed as wrong and is prone to challenge.
There is some real resistance against such change, from those who consider themselves conservative; to fight and stand up to those challenges; by those who not only believe in a liberal view of rights and responsibilities but, those who seek to change how we govern ourselves regarding those issues. So is Barack Obama up to the task of effective leadership of such diverse approaches to life? Time will be the judge! In the meantime, citizens of the United States have a right to great expectations.