I am not a US citizen so of course I don’t have the “official” right to have one opinion or another about the American political scene. Nonetheless, the politics of Mexico’s northern neighbor affects this country in very BIG ways. In fact, the whole world is impacted. Quite frankly, I think we should be permitted to have our say.
It’s only fair, the American internet press has plenty to say about Mexico… so, what happened tonight?
I was at “Tequilazoo” in San Cristobal de las Casas on the night Mr. Barack Obama was elected to the presidential office. This bar may not have been the most decorous place to watch history unfold but hey – when you’ve got lemons, you make lemonade! I shared that historic night with colleagues from Dallas. CNN was on the big screen and we watched spellbound as the results trickled in. Everyone present was of the same political persuasion and if anyone wasn’t… were they ever quiet! It was a night of hope and jubilation.
I know I am not going to be popular with everyone tonight but I have to say it… I am very, very sad. I feel that tonight’s Congress and Senate election results represent a lost opportunity. I do not think that the American people have given their young, vital president a fair chance. How can they have expected more resolution in just two short years? President Obama ‘s pre-election rhetoric was “Yes we can!” Since taking office, the politicians and the people have screamed, “Oh no you can’t… UNLESS it is good for me personally!”
To take the controversial stands he’s taken was a risk but he isn’t rewarded, he is reviled. The need for instant solutions is alive and well. Whatever happened to being in it for the long haul? The tea party? Up until a few months ago, this term was used to describe a game that little girl’s play. (And I guess in a sense it still does!)
The world has many huge challenges that are not ever going to be put to rest if the people don’t get behind their leaders. This has always been one of the States’ biggest assets – the “pulling together” is what made the nation great. The bipartisan everything of the past couple of decades is tearing it apart.
The Democrats’ critics cite grim statistics and drone on and on about the lack of resolution. But they very conveniently forget WHO got the country into its current state. President Clinton left a surplus and in eight short years, the Republican administration managed not only to spend that cash but they also racked up of billions in debt (not to mention any of their other “initiatives”)
I really do hope that over the next two years I am proved wrong in my dire assessment.
Our planet has always had issues but the ones taking center stage now are really very scary. To have the “leading nation” backslide like this is a big blow… Like a lot of you, I start praying when things get to be too much for me… maybe the following would be appropriate tonight:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
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