I’m not sure why I’m in a sour mood or even pessimistic. Heck, maybe my biorhythms are off today. Nonetheless, I’ve got to get this off my chest – and in advance of President Obama’s speech is as good of a time as any.
While Democrats quote FDR and Clinton, Republicans long for the years of Reagan while integrating quotes from Lincoln into their omnipotent knowledge of the US Constitution. (Yes, my eyes just rolled.)
I hate to inform our elected leaders, but this is not 1776, 1860, 1942, 1996, or even 2000. The world is a much different place than it was just 10 years ago. Today’s world is a global economy meshed with the greatest communication system the world has ever known. Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and phones serving as commuters were not around at the start of the new millennium.
Like it or not, corporate America has been and will continue to use offshore resources as that is today’s economy. Like it or not, many non-US companies are leaders in their field. Hello again, today’s world is a much different place. So, here is the major question: What can we do about the problems the US faces in the modern world?
Well, we can take the Republican approach of focusing of making President Obama a one-term president by disagree with anything and everything, including their own ideas. We can take the Democratic approach and blame as much as possible to the Bush administration and a Republican led Congress. Better yet, why not just take the party line – after all, big dollars are behind party. Just ask your representative how much time they spend fund raising.
Since today’s world is a different place, we need leaders to look at the world the way it is and where it is going – not the way it was. WW II is over. The Cold War is over. It’s not to say that everything in the either party’s ideological box of ideas is good or bad, but these times requires leaders who are willing to meet the challenge to lead America upward and out of this funk.
I listen to the Republican candidates and the main message I hear is fear, dogma, and return to past. As I listen to Democratic leaders, including President Obama, I hear a different message from yesteryear that is also stagnant. I think President Obama knows what I am saying, but I’m unsure if he believes it, thus getting caught up in the Washington quagmire.
Meanwhile, America watches the world change while elected leaders spend exorbitant amounts of energy and resources that lacks forward thinking while focusing on the interests that are behind their party.