The Right wish to discredit Barack Obama any way they can. And members of the Left have started squawking that they’re losing faith in Obama. All in the President’s first six months in office. I expect it from the Right, but I find it a sad impatience coming from once-strong Obama supporters. Are we really that shortsighted? Are we truly ready to fall victim to political naysayers and turn our backs on a man who has, for the first time in generations, offered Americans the opportunity to become the nation so many of us have dreamed about? And did we think that he would achieve this overnight? Or in Obama’s first six months of office? And do you think that whatever form of Health Care Reform gets passed this fall is the end of the conversation? That it won’t be amended and that a public option and single-payer plan won’t eventually be added if that doesn’t happen this fall?
President Obama is doing something no president in my lifetime has ever seriously attempted. He is trying to bring this country together. He is seeing the bigger picture, the long-term picture. It’s true, he may fail and that would be a sad thing indeed. But his chances of failure only increase when his own group of supporters start buying into the rhetoric and far-too-early judgments of the impatient and nearsighted.
And with that said, I’ll hop off my soapbox and allow author Frank Schaeffer to get up on his. Schaeffer himself was a hard right, religious Republican. As the reality of the world and his party took hold, Schaeffer changed sides with a vengeance. He has since authored the books Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the upcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don’t Like Religion (Or Atheism) among many others. Schaeffer’s opinion piece in the Huffington Post says much of what I’ve been feeling and thinking. And he does it better than I might have, so I’ll simply forward you to his article Obama Is Right, His Critics (Right And Left) Are Wrong as I found it to be insightful and expressed my personal feelings quite well.
And remember, there have been rumblings recently of Dick Cheney for President in 2012, as ludicrous and unlikely as that may be, from some serious Republican figures. So if you don’t want to give Obama a fair chance to prove his worth, we can always go backwards again.