A Few Questions

Some questions that keep popping up in my head as I read articles or blogs, see online videos, or listen to people talking on TV about Obama.

-Why are some people still so intent on arguing over the U.S. presidency after Obama is already the President-Elect?

-Why are some people only waiting to see Obama fail at the presidency?

-Why is it that the more support Obama gets, the more the opposition just wants to see him fail, along with the disappointment of all of his supporters?

Some people doubt him, and that’s fine. I am not a full-fledged Obama supporter, but I voted for him and am confident that he’ll do a good job. For the people that think Obama has some suspect characteristics, it’s fine to still have your guard up and to keep an eye out on the pattern of policies he will enact. But don’t just wait for flaws to happen so that you can jump all over it. If you search solely for problems to plague his presidency, then you are already biased towards seeing him fail. Hence, it becomes harder for you to see any positive change that may come from his presidency.

It’s inevitable for some flaws to happen and Obama has got a lot of work to do. He came into a presidency with technically two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) and an economy in shambles with a national unemployment rate on the rise. I’m not trying to give him an excuse for any failed fixes he might come across, but I’m just keeping in perspective that it’s not an easy task and the govn’t will have to test different strategies and initiatives to get it right. Progress doesn’t just happen overnight. So for those people that “hate” him for unfair reasons or think he’s unfit to be president, just please stop with the hating because you’re not contributing to anything except to a negative outlook.

Again, it’s fine to have your opinion about him and to be skeptical, but don’t let it completely control you that it blinds you from seeing any good that he’s capable of doing for this nation.

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Today (November 4, 2008) marks a date that will go down in history as Americans decide who will be the next U.S. president. During the past few weeks, different political opinions have polarized the nation. You can see it everywhere—candidate signs grounded in the lawns of your neighbor’s yard, bumper stickers on cars driving in front of you that endorse a presidential pick, signs resting on windowsills saying yes or no on propositions, political news coverage on your local news channel, or even political ads circulating the web. Politics is everywhere, and it is on the minds of millions of Americans. Even if you think that your presidential vote will not count or is pointless in an electoral voting system (not popular votes), elections are a lot more than just the president—make yourself heard on your state’s propositions.

Federal Agents Foil an Assassination Attempt on Sen. Obama

It appears that on October 22, 2008, two neo-nazis—Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark.—were arrested and charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, planning to rob a gun store, and conspiring to assassinate Senator Obama. It has been reported by the Associated Press that the two men also planned on going on a killing spree at a predominately African-American high school in Tennessee. The two sought to kill 88 African-Americans and behead 14. The numbers, 14/88, are widely known among white supremacist groups to have a symbolic meaning to their cause. According to court records, Cowart and Schlesselman believed that they would be killed in the assassination attempt but were still willing to do it.

To think, these are only two men that plotted this attempt; imagine how many other extremist groups are plotting the same thing. If Obama makes it to the top seat in the U.S. government, a successful assassination would lead to adverse consequences among many Americans, particularly African-Americans. Not only would it totally undermine historic events and struggles in the fight for racial equality, but it would also expose the cold, hard truth that some people are still willing to violently adhere to centuries-old racial ideologies.

An assassination would possibly create an uproar in communities all around the nation, as well as stir up a lot of racial tension. If elected, Sen. Obama will certainly make the history books as the first African-American president—let’s just hope that his chapter doesn’t have the same ending as JFK.

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