Friday, May 9


“If we choose someone with vision, someone with guts, someone with gravitas who's connected to other people's lives and cares about making them better. If we choose someone to inspire us then we'll be able to face what comes our way and achieve things we can't imagine yet." -WW Season 4, ep 2

Family, friends and fellow bloggers have all remarked lately on different issues they think that Barack Obama should fix or try to fix. People wonder if he will be able to heal the racial divide in this country, lower the mortality rates for Black men, or fix the school system. Some people seem to expect him to do more than "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”. Please remember that we are electing a President, not a savior.

What can any Presidential candidate or even President do in the face of the apathy and infantile view of politics that infect this country like a cancer? We see our friends and family killing and dying in Iraq and around the world and we shake our rattle and whine, ‘fix it.’ We see our children killing and dying in our cities and we roll over and suck our thumbs. We see our air, water and land befouled and we wait for someone to come and change it all like a dirty diaper. We take no responsibility and we take no action.

Instead we watch the mobile of cable news tele-idiots revolving around our heads like so many brightly colored toys. We gurgle and laugh as once respected men and women turn into clowns for our amusement – and when we are no longer amused we wail until they exit the stage. We do not look at causation and we ignore facts in favor of entertainment and base fallacy. Heaven forbid anyone should mention our faults – we throw a teething tantrum.

Now, I understand the thirst for change at the very highest levels of our government. I have been volunteering for that change and I have been supporting that change with the little bit of disposable income I have. However, even the most accomplished and inspired leader cannot overcome the great challenges we face, as a nation. We, the people, must stand up and take responsibility for the state of our nation and for the work ahead of us. We, the people, must support our government as it moves forward and we must be ever watchful for backsliding. We, the people, must ask what we have done for our family, community, and nation first.

I can promise that you have time and ability to make your community a better place to live. There is no excuse. There is always something you can do and every little thing you do will count. I can promise that taking direct action at street level will help your community more than 90% of what any President can do. The one thing you must never do is sit around and wait for a President or any politician to fix anything.

I believe that Barack Obama will be our next President. My greatest hope for his candidacy and his Presidency is that he will be able to inspire and motivate people to take their neighborhoods, their states and their country into their hands and get to work. I hope that he will challenge us to work harder and to work together. I sincerely hope that we, as a nation, will rise to the call.

“You say you want a revolution, well you know we all want to change the world.”

*picture completely stolen from Some Of Nothing...thanks, Slag!


Doc said...

Of course if it comes out in the campaign that his father is really Darth Vader then it will be all over....

(I did hear that he is distantly related to Dick really)

WNG said...

Being related to Cheney would make me nauseous, possibly for the rest of my life. Seriously.

Doc said...

How do you think his lesbian daughter feels ?

I am not Star Jones said...

It is so important for all of us to realize what we can do instead of waiting and hoping for someone else to do it for us.

WNG said...

Poor girl...

Star - It's important for us to get off our asses. Yeah, it sounded much nicer the way you said it :)

Jay said...

We've also got to stay in our own congressmen and senator's faces and make them actually start moving forward under Obama. And we need somebody to keep an eye on Hillary since she will spend every single day of Obama's presidency trying to sabotage it.

WNG said...

But how many people even know the names of their Senators and Representative? What about your state government? City council?
You have to stay in their faces to make sure that they do what you want instead of what is easiest. We are the boss, we can't just turn our backs and hope that the work gets done.
Jay - you're in charge of Borg Queen Watch.

Doc said...

Dude... no kidding Hillary will do what ever she can to undercut him... ESPECIALLY if he offers her the VP spot.

WNG said...

He wouldn't do that, Doc. I really HOPE he wouldn't.

slag said...

This is so right on! Of course, one part of getting involved is voting. My most favorite aspect of Obama's candidacy is that it inspires people to get involved. And he helps get more down-ticket progressives elected (eg, Donna Edwards). These are big, big important changes. Then again, I can't think of a time in my life in which I haven't been doing local volunteer work on a regular or semi-regular basis.

The CEO said...

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Maryland Senators in the US Senate in descending order of seniority:

Mikulski, Barbara (D)
Cardin, Benjamin (D)

Maryland 8th US Congressional District

Van Hollen, Chris (D)

State of Maryland Senate
District 17

Forehand, Jennie (D)

Barve, Kumar (D)

City of Gaithersburg
Katz, Sidney

City Council
Marraffa, Henry
Sesma, Michael
Ashman, Jud
Drzyzgula, Cathy
Spiegel, Ryan

and I have never missed an election since I was legally able to vote.

It's not that I can name these folks, I know them. That's because I was raised knowing that being educated and voting were responsibilities of mine as a citizen, not privileges or luxuries. It's like brushing your teeth, if you don't do it, you loose for sure. Not that I have an opinion, naturally.

WNG said...

Thanks, Slag! I'm hoping that people will stay involved and active. It's a great habit to have :)

Well there goes CEO proving my point again! I'm still more knowledgeable on the local level about Chucktown than Hampton Roads, but I'm getting there. You're right, it does start with how you were raised, but even if you weren't raised to be active or involved it's never too late! It usually annoys me when people compare Obama to Kennedy, but in this case I have to agree that he has a real chance to create a Peace-Corp-ask-not kind of moment here.

NoRegrets said...

I very much like the point that some are looking to Obama to be the next messiah, and such expectations do need to be reduced because otherwise there will be so much disappointment and corresponding apathy...

WNG said...

Also, the more you look to someone else to 'save you' or 'fix it' the less personal responsibility you take - and we all need to take more, more responsibilty and more action.