As I read the criticism of Obama’s centrist positions, I’m really getting fed up with the whining from the left. “He’s not doing it right!” Since when do liberals think they rule the country. As evidenced by the President-elect’s defense against the gay community regarding Pastor Rick Warren doing the inaugural invocation, he has a backbone and I hope he sticks with it. People need to acknowledge the center of the country won the election for Obama, and his appointments of balance reflect his long-held belief about bringing Democrats, Republicans and Independents to the table to shape the future. I consider myself a centrist, and am very happy with the approach Obama has taken during the transition.
I’m tired of all the complaints. “Richardson got a consolation prize!” “What about appointing a gay?” “How come not more Asians?” These people are just as annoying as the Sean Hannitys of the world. My singular concern is this: what is good for Americans? I don’t care for splitting it up into certain kinds of Americans. This country has major problems affecting all, so to start pushing for issues that only apply to specific groups is not, in my opinion, what this country needs. Obama has nothing to apologize to the left for, and his main responsibility is to try to heal the nation as a whole. I hope he holds his position.
Try these examples on for size: jobs, health care, taxes, energy, war. No matter how you slice it, these are the top issues, and they affect every American. So finding positions for people based on what group they represent isn’t really high on the list right now. Regarding Rick Warren, I find it more offensive that before the Saddlebrook Presidential debate he told his audience, and the viewers, that John McCain was in a ‘cone of silence’ when he really wasn’t. If he didn’t know whether he was or not, he shouldn’t have said it. But he did, and that is dishonest. He has his view on gay marriage, and he is entitled to it.
The problem with the left taking credit for Obama is that it minimizes the contribution of many other Americans who voted for him. It’s arrogant and intellectually dishonest. Were they ever going to vote for John McCain? Absolutely not. Yet they carry the tone of “Where would he be without us?” And now they act like he’s indebted to them. If they feel that way, they can go ahead and vote Republican in 2012. I hear Sarah Palin might run. Good luck with that! Or they can pick a more liberal candidate, and hand it over to President Palin. Because they’ll lose. Again.
I’ve been following this campaign for the last year and a half, and I’ll say this: Anyone who is surprised at the moves Obama is making was not listening. The positions he’s been taking have long been a part of his platform and message. And I’m glad about it. I hope he continues to follow his vision. Because that’s why I supported him in the first place. I suspect I’m not alone. I heard Colin Powell talking about being in “the sensible center”. I believe most of America can get on board with that. I’m fed up with gridlock, and the left’s issues are the kind that keep us stuck in the same crap.
In the end, I hope Obama keeps doing what he’s doing, and governs from the center. He is not the left’s President. He’s OUR President.