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!