As much as I like to berate the often glorified President Obama, I do want him to do a good job, and I hope that he is wildly successful.
I hope that he’s successful about pulling us out of the Middle East. We have no business being there, and we never have. It’s always been about oil, always will be until someone draws a line in the sand (so to speak) and we finally look inside the US for our energy. Of course, my preferred methods would be continued coal plants and the addition of many nuclear plants. My firm belief is that if we pull out of the Middle East and find domestic energy alternatives, the Middle East will be a giant sandbox and the inhabitants will be back riding camels and fighting with swords inside of a week.
I hope he’s successful at fixing the economy. I hope he does this by promoting personal and corporate responsibility, not by promoting government intervention and social spending. If you’ve read here often, you know that I believe there should be a social safety net. No child should ever go hungry. No handicapped person should be refused a decent life. No elderly or sick person should be left to die. However, I also believe that there should be consequences for actions. Laziness should breed poverty. In fact, it does if it’s left alone. Handing out bread to people who HAVE the means to work but choose NOT to work… that’s simply unacceptable. America’s strength comes from the capitalist system – people can become successful if they work hard, refuse to give up when they fail, and take responsibility for themselves. If we take away the consequences, we take away the most fundamental motivation to succeed, and thus take away our ability as a country to succeed.
I hope Obama is successful at bringing out the best in our sworn enemies – whether that be a terrorist group or a despotic nation like North Korea. I hope that his plan to appeal to the better angels of their nature can actually work. While I doubt that our sworn enemies will want to negotiate, I would rather have Obama having meetings with them than going all over the world bombing people. Deep down, I’m really a pacifist, isolationist, “Live and let live” kinda guy. My doubts aside, it would be fantastic if his policies can improve our image in the global community. I just pray that this new approach does not get conveyed as weakness. Many global players are watching to see what the “new America” will be like, and hoping that we crumble.
I hope Obama is able to make corporations, insurance companies, and medical professionals play nice together. I expect this will be a cumbersome task, since each group has the same objective – make money. I fear that requiring insurance companies to do things like cover preexisting conditions will simply drive them out of business. I most certainly oppose the government running the healthcare system, as I am a fan of going to the doctor when I want to, not 6 months from now when they say I can. I worry about the government paying for catastrophic events to lower premiums. My guess is that private companies are much more efficient at keeping costs down than the government, and I struggle to understand how it helps the individual, since tax money would pay the bill ultimately. But as a citizen, I’m interested in seeing medical costs coming down without socializing it or putting companies out of business. If he can pull that off, he has my support.
I hope Obama is successful at securing our national borders. He makes many broad claims about how he’ll accomplish this… in fact, far more than Bush ever did. While I expect he supports broad amnesty for the illegals already here, if he secures our borders first, I’d spot him one last amnesty. Mostly because it’s totally impractical to deport 20 million people.
I hope Obama cuts taxes left and right. Tax cuts are one of the defining characteristics of a conservative, so I imagine there’s a catch, but I fall into the “95%” who will get a tax cut under Obama. I have a philosophical problem with wealth redistribution, but, having lodged my protest, I’m happy to accept any money the feds want to send my way. I hope Obama leaves small businesses alone. The feds are bailing out huge corporations and leaving mom and pop businesses to die. Small businesses employ more than 80% of the workforce in the US. It seems like screwing them would be a bad idea.
I hope Obama chooses to appoint Supreme Court justices who believe in what our founding fathers wanted for America. That limited government, personal liberties, and freedom from taxes and government oppression where what would make our country succeed where others had failed. Their beliefs went into a document called the Constitution, one of the wisest documents ever created in the history of man. I hope Obama upholds the Constitution – not what many want to twist it into – but really supports the Constitution, dusty as it may be, and that his appointments concur. Yesterday he vowed to uphold it… now it’s up to him to be a man of his word.
I hope that American finds its way back to what made us great in the first place. I hope that we do NOT change into something else. I do not want change AWAY from the founding principles. I want change BACK to those principles. If Americans paid attention to world history, they’d want the same thing.