President Barack Obama was elected by a mandate by the people of the United States of America in November 2008. Clearly, people were ready for the changes Obama assessed the country needed. Now, we’re complaining.
I had a family member once upon a time that, no matter what happened, she would complain. If she were to receive a million dollars, she would complain about the taxes. If she were to wake up one morning thirty pounds lighter, she would complain that she had nothing to wear. We have become a country of that same person.
Change is painful. Change is scary. Change, for America and Americans, is necessary.
When will we get it through our short-sighted, fear-riddled brains that what we’ve been doing for the last several decades is not working and we must fix it. The economy is in the gutter, our health care is suffering because of the insurance companies’ insistence on higher and higher premuims nearly no one can afford, and our culture is becoming more violent and full of crime. What will it take for us to dig in, in the way our forefathers and foremothers did to elevate themselves out of the Great Depression? Where is our work ethic? Where is our warrior spirit?
There is no dirt under the fingernails of those who are doing the complaining because they want everything handed to them without doing the work. Is that who we’ve become? That is not the energy that built our country in the first place.
It’s time for us to understand that nothing in the world is going to change the fact that we have to rework our economy, our health care system, our criminal justice system, our sense of unified culture, and our access to the entire American dream, no matter what labels others give us, if we want the changes we voted for a mere ten months ago.
Already, we’ve seen our place of respect in the world rise to levels we haven’t seen in at least nine years. We’ve seen white collar criminals going to jail for duping the American public. We have been exposed to truths about which we had suspected for many years about our government. These are all good things. These are the events that will transport us farther toward our goal for an open government, a new vision, and unified action.
Oakland Raiders fans have the right idea. No matter what their team is doing, they stand behind the organization. They disagree. They get angry. They hope for better. Ultimately, however, they remain part of the Raider Nation. When a new leader comes aboard, they always have hope for a brighter future. Perhaps, as Americans, we should stand behind our Red, White, and Blue, the same way Raider fans stand behind their Silver and Black.
Take a deep breath, America, hike up your collective skirts, and get ready for the long road ahead of us in correcting the errors of our past. President Barack Obama can, and will, get us there. I know it. The challenge is that he cannot do it alone.
He will require our help. We must raise our voices in support and unity. We must challenge what we think is wrong in a dignified and respectful way. We must never let our drama overshadow our need to change.
Change is not coming. Change is here.