With election season quickly approaching, I feel there are a few things we need to keep in mind: commitment and patience.
I am not advocating for a certain political party or a certain candidate. I am advocating for the sensibility of Americans, something we seem to have lost.
In this time of instant gratification, we are disappointed when things don’t work out for us right away.
It was awful to see how quickly those who did vote for Obama in the last election turned on him. I will tell you this; I did not vote for Obama, but I have been rooting for him since inauguration day.
His success is our success; however, his failure is also ours. Whether you voted for him or not, he is still our leader.
People were so quick to jump ship as Obama made the decisions he thought were best for our country during this trying time. It was more often the same people who voted for him in the first place. I suppose if anyone has the right to dissent, it is them.
Not even two years into his term, we saw anti-Obama propaganda everywhere. It is good to know in times of trouble we are willing to stand our ground and take accountability for the decisions we make. Right. We simply look for a scapegoat to take the focus off of ourselves.
Yet we wonder why our leaders do the same. One party blames another for this or that, no one willing to take accountability for their actions. Our leaders reflect who we are, whether we like what we see or not.
This goes beyond the presidency; it takes the collective work and cooperation of many individuals, all with their own agendas, to accomplish greatness.
Maybe making an informed decision the first go around would make this process easier, but then again, that might require effort.
The nation as a whole chose this man to represent us, so give him a chance. Complaining about the way he does things will get us nowhere; this is a four-year commitment we have to honor and make the best of.
Rarely in life do we get to choose who our bosses at work will be, but we have to follow their rules anyway. While you may not like your bosses, you have to respect them and hope they know what is best.
We need to understand that false promises are part of the election process now. If someone doesn’t promise the world, they will simply fall to the ones willing to do just that.
We expect these promises to be carried out without hesitation. We need to realize change does not occur overnight and without a tremendous amount of work from everyone.
When we elect our officials, we need to take into consideration that this is a two- or four-year commitment. It is not a late-night infomercial product with a 30-day money back guarantee.
These elected officials will undoubtedly shape the country now and on into the future. We need to take our greatest freedom of electing our own governing body with the notion that this is a commitment we can’t just bail on when things don’t go exactly right.
Support the people we elect until the next election, and then if they haven’t lived up to your expectations, vote them out. It is a rather simple solution.
This country is in dire need of politicians willing to do the right thing, not because it is easiest, but because it is right. We as a nation have a responsibility, though, to be able to recognize these people when we see them and do our part to put them in a position to make a difference.
The people running for office or incumbent should fear the American people. They need to realize we are informed and willing to take the necessary measures to put the right people in office and remove those unworthy of their position.
But first, we must become eve more informed and be willing to do the right thing, no matter how hard the road ahead might be.