First, I received a disturbing phone call on Inauguration Day.
Dear Mr. President,
As my friends so eloquently pointed out, I did not vote for you. And unfortunately, many of those who did not were made out to be Obama haters, rednecks, well...republicans. I hope to set the record straight with you.
First off, let me just say how proud I was of you today, the same pride I feel when any man from any party takes on this service to his country. I'm sure you would agree that the presidency is bigger than any one man, but that being said, you again conducted yourself with the air of a leader, and focused on bringing people together, and that behavior commands the respect of all.
Now, the facts.
I did not vote for you. I voted for another man who I admire and believe in. I didn't vote AGAINST you, I merely voted FOR someone else.
I am not a republican.
I am not a democrat.
I am not conservative.
I am not liberal.
And more than all that, I am not a racist. It's alarming to me that I have to make this statement, but after seeing some footage of dyed-in-the-wool haters using the "N" word to describe you, I again feel the need to distance myself from some of those who would oppose you.
I do not dislike you, or hate you. In fact, I like you a great deal. You ran a groundbreaking grassroots campaign, and made people care about our electoral process who never had before. You write and speak like few others, and that brings people together. That being said, you have made a LOT of promises. Promises of programs that you made it sound like would be a no-brainer to create and execute once in office. I hope you make good on your word on many of those promises, many of us are watching to see if you will be able to get them approved by Congress...no easy challenge. Hopefully your dynamic oratorical skills can sell the American people on your ideas and make it easier to push by those in Congress who would hold out their own hand to try to collect for themselves first, or their party.
I don't believe in everything you do, but then I didn't believe in everything my candidate believed in either. You have big dreams for our country, and huge challenges ahead of you, and now that you are my president, I will support you wholeheartedly. I know you want the best for us, and you want to initiate many new programs to help us all...I only ask you to remember one thing.
As you pointed out in your inauguration speech, much of our future lay on our shoulders, and Americans who want the best for our families need to work hard and create their own success. I am a capable man, with a family to support. I am willing to work, and save, and spend, and pay taxes. So please consider those of us who try with all our might to create our own success before you try to hand us all programs we don't ALL need, and charge us ALL for them. Please just try to give us the FRAMEWORK to allow for personal achievement, and we will work hard to do just that...achieve.
So today, your first full day on the job, I wish you all the best of luck. I admire your energy and determination, and I am excited to see what you can come up with in the years ahead. And I, with many, will be working with you, and not against you.
I absolutely HOPE...for you.
Jay @ halftimeLessons
PS - And good luck with Congress. You have my permission to slap 'em silly.