Editorial: Commander in question

Obama has chance to prove critics of his leadership wrong

By Editorial Staff
On November 16, 2012

  • 1) more wise spending

    (rather than Cut All The Taxes, how about I agree our troops, the disabled, and the elderly need to be supported. Let's get rid of upper-class tax loop holes, and actually take care of those disadvantaged groups in a financially and economically responsible manner with a timetable I will stick to.

    2) I may not agree with you, but I respect your right to believe your own beliefs

    Instead of Abortions and Gays are evil, and I only respect those of my own religious beliefs, what about As long as this stays in your bedroom and doesn't jump without consent into my bedroom/church/pocket, I will agree to disagree with you and I accept you as my neighbor, and will treat you how I would like to be treated - as an equal citizen and Please don't use a coat hanger. Although I am unhappy you are choosing to make this choice, I would rather you be responsible and safe.

    3) I am honest and blunt about my beliefs.

    Instead of being a Etch-a-sketch, what about I have my own beliefs. These are how I personally live my life. However, I will not push them onto you - what's important is serving the people of my country according to how they want me to represent them. If the majority belief I should do X and I want to do Y, it is my responsibility as a leader and citizen to state my preference for Y, but serve X for my country as I was elected to do so.

    If you can find any Republican candidate who sticks to his guns, and follows all 3 of these rules, that will convince me to vote for them way more than this poetry piece would any day. Quoting a literary work the average reader has never heard of only makes them more likely to tune out. The Democrats figured out that a simple message works best, especially if this makes the candidates sound more approachable and helpful to We the People. The Republicans gave a good try this presidential election, but their downfall was a disappointing choice of a comically robotic individual who time and time again proved to break all 3 of these simple rules.(It doesn't help that this candidate acted extremely socially awkward, such as in mentioning his love for the height of trees and the amount of little lakes in states.)

    In summary, now that I have accidentally written the equivalent of an article myself in response, here's my qualm. if the Republican Party wants to attract the elusive Independent voter, there needs to be a bit of give and take in our relationship. If the G.O.P. can get over the social issues just enough to become more moderate on them, emphasize actual details for financial plans to fix the economy, and support candidates at the state and national level whom are consistent in their actions/policy change/voting record, THEN and only then can they expect to have an overwhelmingly STRONG win nationwide.

There is a serious misconception among many Americans about the power our president actually wields. For better or for worse, the president is praised for many of America's successes and blamed for the country's failures. In President Obama's case, many Americans feel that he has failed to bring the economy back to an acceptable level of prosperity through his first four years. A frightening number of Americans feel that Obama's vision of the country is one where the unemployed are able to live comfortably off of entitlements funded by working citizens. They should be far more afraid of the president's use of drones in the Middle East, but that is beside the point. 

 The president does not have the ability to raise or lower taxes on his own, to choose how social programs are funded on his own or to even push through his own health care bill on his own. Bills have to go through the legislative and judicial branches in addition to the executive branch, to repeat a lesson we all should have learned in fifth grade. 

What a president is, more than anything, is a leader. That is why the country's success and failures are often put on his shoulders. He might not be able to affect policy change on his own, but he is responsible for leading the national government in addressing the country's issues. 

Mitt Romney hammered Obama for his inability to lead in Washington throughout this past election season. His criticisms, while exaggerated, were not unfounded. While Republicans in the House of Representatives were often unwilling to work with Obama during his first term, it is still his job to lead these politicians in reaching resolutions. 

Over these next few weeks, Obama will have a chance to prove that he is a capable leader. He has many lawmakers in Washington, D.C. questioning his administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. A committee of senators is currently investigating the attack and the government's handling of the incident in which four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, were killed. As the investigation moves forward, Obama would be wise to be straightforward about his handling of the attack and take responsibility for any mistakes made. 

And as the "fiscal cliff" looms, it is Obama's job to unite Democrats and Republicans in reaching a deal on taxes and spending cuts. If a deal is not reached by Dec. 31, the United States faces the likely possibility of a second recession. Perhaps lawmakers will get in the holiday spirit and put aside their differences to put together a plan. Whatever the case, the next month and a half is not a time for partisan division. It is up to Obama to lead legislators from different sides of the aisle to a common ground. 

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