I don’t believe that the greatest dangers to the America we love lie in the big things. Syria, Egypt, Iran, Russia, China – yes, there are major ramifications both militarily and fiscally if things cannot be dealt with, and soon. Obamacare is another biggie. So is the constant printing of more and more money to juice up confidence in the economy. The NSA, IRS, Benghazi and Fast & Furious (“phony”) scandals are extremely important and creepy on a level that most conspiracy theorists have yet to fathom. However, we would not have gotten to this point with the larger issues if we had been taking care of the smaller ones all along.
We need to mend from the inside out before we stop caring about our freedoms and allow the government to systematically take them away because we are apathetic. We need to end our acceptance of responsibility for all of the faults we are constantly being told Americans possess. We need to stop listening to the government and wake up the inner voice that made us the greatest nation on the planet for generations. Furthermore, we need to call the POTUS on his avoidance tactics and hold him to working with us to solve the issues that have exacerbated this mess since he took office.
If Barry sincerely cared about his duties as President, he would restrain himself from making divisive remarks about cases that are best settled within the affected States. He would surround himself with people to whom he owes nothing politically or personally – individuals with the strength of character to say “No” or to make suggestions that may not necessarily be popular with the West Wing crowd. Maybe one of those people could honestly assess the tone of American citizens and the issues that are important to us would become important to Barry and Congress both.
So, with that being said, the speech Obama needs to give is this…
My fellow Americans, as President I have been to many states in this amazing country and spoken with people from all walks of life. I know that I have not been as attentive to the small issues that affect our communities on a daily basis, and I could use many things as an excuse for this, but today is not the time for excuses. Today is a time for working together toward becoming a whole nation once again.
Too many of our young people are dying from acts of violence, be they gang related or otherwise. We must ask ourselves why these “children” are turning to outside influences such as gangs, television shows, video games and, on occasion, adults with bad intentions, instead of their families, teachers or members of the clergy. Is it that these people are no longer available to them? Is it that the constant use of race as a reason for violent acts on the part of people from all races gives the sense of justification to otherwise senseless acts? Does it create hatred which spawns retaliation, which in turn creates more violence? I believe all of these factors have contributed to the problem.
Since most violent crimes involve illegal firearms, I am proposing today that all states, as well as Congress, review the laws concerning sentencing for those who commit violent crimes while in possession of an illegal fire arm. I believe these laws need to be far stricter than they are and the length of the sentences should be increased with parole no longer being an option. Sentences for those involved in the sale of these weapons, and those possessing such guns should be strengthened, as well. Where the federal government has no jurisdiction, and as relates to non-federal trials in the individual states, I believe that the Department of Justice should not involve itself in those cases nor should we, the government, second guess the decisions made by the citizenry of any state.
When it comes to the private life of the President, my staff works diligently to allow my wife and children their private time, without the intrusion of the media, public or even the government. It has become clear to me that every law abiding citizen deserves the same respect. How can you have faith in me or the government employees you pay to protect us if you feel as though you are being treated as the enemy? Common sense will tell you that America does need some sort of system in place to stop acts of terrorism before they occur, however, stricter controls should be in place to ensure that only those found to be – either through personal observation or electronic surveillance – potentially dangerous to the citizenry need be surveyed via high tech means. Congress has already begun to re-write certain aspects of the Patriot Act that will be available for public inspection two weeks prior to a vote, giving you time to comment to your Senator or Representative about these proposed revisions.
Lastly, the condition of the education system is far from desirable. In the beginning of my first term I ended the voucher program due to budgetary concerns. After several years, I have come to realize this program is necessary if we want those who would otherwise not have a chance at a good education to get one. It is especially important in those areas of the country that are suffering from bad economic times or are located a long distance from the more successful institutions available to other students. Parents should have the right to choose the best possible education for their children. That being said, the governors of all 50 states are being asked to create legislation to submit to their respective Congresspersons that provides for voucher programs. I am confident that we will have a 100% success rate and vouchers will be available in all 50 states by the next calendar year.
There are many more issues that affect the personal lives of all of us. I have touched on only a few today. My pledge to you is that I will address more issues each month and give a reporting to the nation of the status of those solutions already being worked on. No longer will I be the President who avoids the day-to-day issues of my fellow citizens. I hope to be the President who jumped in with both feet and helped to heal our nation from the inside out.
Show of hands if you think this would ever happen…yeah, me either.