The troubling issues we face as Americans (for those of us who stay informed beyond “American Idol”) are overwhelming. In the midst of our worry and low morale, many of us look to our faith, and — as Americans — we look to our leader as well.
Unfortunately, in regards to our president, many of us are feeling quite betrayed.
Obama does not openly acknowledge real unemployment and underemployment; rather, he embraces misleading unemployment figures, thus making his policies look deceptively successful. He seems to recognize the bad economy only to justify raising taxes (even though he once said that doing so in a weak economy is a bad idea) and “stimulus” spending.
While he once rightly criticized Bush for skyrocketing debt, Obama now ignores the almost doubled debt under his watch and claims it is a nonissue. He ignores the exploding participation in government assistance programs and coincidentally, millions are spent on advertising such programs.
As more dire effects of Obamacare are revealed, Obama does nothing to address concerns or to reassure the American people over the bill he bullied through. He does not seem to understand that burdensome regulations kill businesses.
Obama’s lack of a strong personal response to North Korea leaves Americans and our allies feeling vulnerable (Can you imagine any other American president responding with such a lack of interest?). He ignores worries over the leadership in Egypt as well as the persecution of Christians (and others) as he offers our tax dollars and weapons with no strings attached.
He bends over backward to keep the gun control debate alive while using an emotional approach with victims’ families, outdated statistics and “solutions” which would not have prevented the horrific Sandy Hook tragedy. He fails to address gangs as the biggest source of gun violence in America.
Obama gave more of an emotionally charged response following the recent defeat of the gun bill in the Senate than he did following the Boston Marathon bombings.
After promising transparency, most Americans are left with more questions than answers on “Fast and Furious” as well as Benghazi.
Obama failed to send a senior administration representative to the funeral of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and our ally understandably feels a bit snubbed.
Our president has been busy with select agenda items.
He presented a late, divisive budget (after displaying his completed basketball brackets).
He led discussion on immigration without showing much interest in securing our border. He signed a controversial Monsanto Protection Act while we were discussing marriage equality.
He “fear-mongered” over the sequester while overseeing the release of criminals to prove its severity and shifted blame. He continues his push to raise taxes.
He escorted select Sandy Hook families around as a political prop and hosted an A-list concert at the White House while allowing a public display of canceled White House tours.
One would think that America is doing just peachy, considering the issues on which our president is focused!
It is a detriment to this country that Obama seems uninterested in the advice of economists, doctors, health care experts and small business owners with experience in the real world (you know, people who have expertise beyond politics, community organization and campaigning) where his decisions have major impact.
Although my rose-colored glasses (one of my favorite accessories) are hard to keep on lately, I am an optimist nonetheless. I feel that with more open-minded common sense “examination” we can turn this boat around. It is our duty to be involved and informed, to question and research and to speak out when necessary.
While it may seem otherwise by this rant, I do not reserve criticism for one side or politician; Republicans certainly have earned a fair share of criticism and I do not hesitate to speak up.
Obama has surely destroyed the myth that what happens in Washington cannot impact our individual lives and for that, I smile through my rose-colored glasses.
Claire Dunaway Cyr of Marietta is an artist, art teacher and group fitness instructor.