published Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Obama running again

President Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

It was a big surprise when Barack Obama, a newcomer to the national political stage, was nominated for president in 2008 — and the American people elected him! But it is no surprise that Obama has announced he is seeking re-election.

The question, of course, is whether American voters will make a second mistake by returning him to the White House.

Of course, we don’t know who will be running for president against Obama in 2012. But a majority of voters, viewing his unsteady, liberal performance thus far, should decide that next time, we want neither Obama nor just “anybody but Obama.” We should insist upon selecting the best and the brightest, the wisest and soundest in principle, to be next our president.

Will we?

In the past, we have elected some presidents who performed tremendously well. Sadly, we should admit that we have elected some presidents (need we name them?) who were not good choices for the United States and the American people.

Was Obama’s election a vote of confidence in him — or just a rejection of “the other fellow,” moderate Republican Sen. John McCain? Whatever it was, a recent Quinnipiac University poll puts Obama’s job approval rating at only 42 percent.

There is no clear GOP front-runner so far this time around, but all Americans should examine the potential candidates carefully, analyze their principles and judgment, nominate an excellent Democrat and an excellent Republican — then elect the better one!

Being president is a huge responsibility. Who could claim to be fully qualified and “up to the job”? No one, really. But shouldn’t we do a much better job in choosing our presidential nominees?

We don’t desire to demean any of those who have aspired in the past, or who aspire now, to be our nation’s leader. But for better or worse, the consequences of whom we select as president are usually huge.

So “just anyone” won’t do! Let’s elect a president in 2012 who will prove to be the soundest in character, philosophy, wisdom, judgment, ability and devotion to our Constitution.

Do we deserve one like that? That’s debatable. But we certainly need the best, or we will suffer the consequences!

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SeaMonkey said...

"soundest in character, philosophy, wisdom, judgment, ability and devoution to our constitution."

based on that...we elected a dud in 2008. not me...how anybody bought the media's sales pitch for obama in 2008 is beyond me.

the people in this country were asleep at the switch. many voted for him because they thought it would be cool to have a "black" president.

i suggest going forward we look at "the content of a persons character, rather than the color of their skin".....

and of course many libs will call me a racist for saying what i said..and even a neo nazi.....and may think.....how dare he quote dr. martin luther king jr.

he would see right through obama...

tim scott, allan west, jc watts and herman cain........all would have my vote..without hesitation.

April 5, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
silenius940 said...

They are all puppets. Always have always will. I voted for Obama in '08 but it just goes to show me even further that its all an illusion. I hope some Tea Partier gets in there, hell Glenn Beck even! Just to prove that its all BS and they really don't run the show. plus they can never get what they "want" to do across because of the powers that be. Even the Tea Partiers are funded by the some of the richest people in the world, the Koch brothers. At this point in American history, political elections are like watching a sports channel, it's all about what color you are for or against and what your team stands for. I get the same adrenaline rush from watching news channels as I do watching ESPN. Lets just hit bottom so we can reconstruct and not have to be the number 1 power in the wrold, too much pressure. We cannot live as a species at this rate for much longer, globally.

April 5, 2011 at 11:53 p.m.
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