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Sunday, March 20, 2011

I Am An Individual....

When Barack Obama was elected president, I naively thought that getting him elected was the hard part and everything else would be smooth sailing.

I had no idea it would be so hard. The hate tripled, and it wasn't just coming from small-minded country folk.

The hate and fear mongering came from the educated as well, including the media via pretty much every show on Fox News.

I got tired of hearing about approval ratings slipping, the unemployment rate being all his fault (really?) and all the other media spin, so I chose to stop watching the news.

I picked and chose what articles I wanted to read to stay up on current events, but I didn't let the negative ones raise my blood pressure or bring me down, simply by choosing not to read them... until last week.

I made the mistake of reading an article about President's Obama's approval slipping with Hollywood.

Some actors/celebrities wrote him a letter urging him to make it legal for homosexuals to get married.

Okay. I was fine with that. Then I kept reading.

Matt Damon, one of the actors who signed the letter, took it a step further and actually said because teachers' salaries are still tied to test scores, he "no longer believed in audacity" and did not agree with the way President Obama was running the country.

Stop the presses! Jason Bourne is disappointed in the way the President is running the country!

After getting angry and vowing to boycott all Matt Damon movies from here on out, I reminded myself that everyone's entitled to an opinion.

But I am also entitled to mine.

For him to get on television and actually say President Obama is not doing a good job because what's number 10 on Matt's list is number 15 on Obama's is narrow-minded.

President Obama has made an incredible dent in his list.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed; people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied medical coverage; and he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to sue for unequal pay. His accomplishments go on and on.

But Matt Damon thinks all that's irrelevant.

Yes, teachers' salaries are still tied to test scores, but in some areas that works. It won't work for all of them, but not one federal policy will work for every single school.

(Personally, I think education should be a state issue, not a federal one. Every single community's needs cannot be met by the President. It's impossible for him to understand every county's, every city's, every state's problem with the public educational system because every problem is different.)

No, homosexuals still can't marry, but President Obama has made some changes and I believe he will eventually make it possible for them to do so.

What people don't seem to understand is that not everything can be force fed. Some things need to be pushed through while others need to be "massaged" through.

As cliche as it sounds, change does take time. He said during his campaign that not everything was going to get done in the first four years, but everyone wants what they want NOW.

Let's remember that the President can't do anything on his own.

There is a system of checks and balances (Congress/Senate) that keep one man from having too much power.

That's a good thing when the wrong person gets in office, but not so much when you've got a man trying to make changes to the way things are done and no one wants to help.

The Congress and Senate are full of 60+ year old white men (both Republicans and Democrats) who are used to doing things their way and are from a time where Blacks were "seen and not heard."

They are doing their best to make his time in the White House miserable, despite all the good he's done, and it doesn't help when the people who voted for him contribute to the divisive Republican agenda by slamming him via the media because he didn't do things their way, especially those who haven't ever held office.

There's no one answer to all of life's problems.

President Obama cannot please every single person and you shouldn't expect him to.

It doesn't make sense to vote for someone who you think can/should meet all your needs as an individual because that's never going to happen. Vote for someone because of the person he is and how he treats people.

I voted for him because I trust his judgment, not because I expect him to pass a law that makes sure I (regardless of everyone else) get a job or a raise or a new boss because mine doesn't treat me well.

I am one person. You are one person. An individual. He's not going to please every individual every time. But if you look at yourself as an individual that's a part of a larger community, then you'll realize that what needs to get done FIRST is what's most important for the majority, not just you.