I had the honor of listening to President Obama’s speech on the way to school. His words were clear and conveyed many strong messages. However, I do not believe the heart did. The words President Obama spoke were sometimes wise, always calculated, and regurgitated what people wanted to hear. His presentation was smooth, unlike the day before when he was required to answer questions in an informal setting. President Obama’s words were mostly composed of what the populace (and Conservatives) wanted to hear, not what he wanted to say.
Here is a simple analysis of the speech.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.
Our economy is badly weakened due to greed. But Mr Obama, you fail to name whose greed. Mr. Obama, our nation is in a crisis because your fellow Democrat’s legislators repealed existing regulation on the banking industry. Mr. Obama, it is not the average American’s greed, it is the legislators greed for fame and power that has led us to this crisis.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.
They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
Mr. Obama, I congratulate you on encouraging community service yesterday. I believe that one of this nations biggest issues is the snobbery and aloofness of a class that cannot stoop to help a Samaritan. I do understand Sir that the church is primarily to blame for this. Under the guise of Christianity, we have sought titles (deacon, elder, senior pastor) over brotherhood and we feel that everyone is in their position because of their own choices. Mr Obama, I understand that the church has forgotten the parable of the man who was born blind and has also forgotten that God sees no degrees of sin, only sin itself. I do salute you for your work Sir. However Sir, I do not believe that we as a nation deserve to set our sites high. Sir, I believe that we as individuals must take ownership of that responsibility. Because sir, I do not believe that you will save us from false promises or petty grievances. I celebrate your choices in your cabinet sir, and your desire to reach across a religious isle. But Sir, you are not unity. Sir, the choices and ideas you stand for our not considered prosperity by those who actually work with their hands.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
Mr. President, you do understand the concept of team. Sir, I do pray you listen to what you are saying. This statement is the essence of American. This is who we are individually and collectively. Sir, we are lot of obscures who know our purpose and value and have a common goal, our greatness and preservation.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.
Mr. President, we are not the most prosperous nation on earth Sir. Such Rhetoric is a crowd pleaser, but not reality. Sir, we have capacity, but we do not work. We have ambition but not drive. Sir, tell us that China has a middle class large than the entire United States population. Sir, tell us that those people want to work. They want to succeed. Sir, a paycheck, time off, and benefits are not what those people want. They want to be proud of their work. Sir, tell us the truth.
But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
Mr. President, I thought you were going to change America, I thought remaking it was a waste of time. A journey back to discrimination. Sir, we have been great. But is was because we changed. Now Mr President, take us forward to a new glory. However sir, realise that there are those, like me, who, although not agreeing with the increase in government and spending, do enjoy the past, our freedom, and our money. Sir, please realise that this will be the test of our unity. Can we, as individuals, work individually toward a common goal.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Mr. President, your words are empty and meaningless. Our economy will not be raised by money. If it were so, $750 billion dollars should have done the trick. Sir, we do not need more government jobs, we need more private jobs and increased employer rights that allow employers to punish slothfulness without having to pay unemployment. Sir, our science is second only to Iran and India. There is none better. Additional funding would be appreciated, but sir, that is already provided privately. Sir, we have been trying to use sun, wind, and soil, your claims are nothing new. Finally sir, our schools are strong, but our students are not. Sir I see too much frivolity. Sir, our students do not need easier grading scales or better teachers. Sir our students need to see that world as it really is and appreciate the value of their education.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
But Sir, those were free men, not people held hostage by the IRS and their pocket books, and those were private plans.
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Mr. President, you speak such truth. The government should be measured by its effectiveness. But who will measure it. For two hundred years no one has measured it and kept if in check and I hardly believe you can do the same. But I do wish to state sir that I do not need to government to find me a decent wage, I want to earn it. I do not want to government to give me a dignified retirement. I want to feel dignified knowing that I have earned and my retirement and I am living on my money.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.
Sir, the market is not a force for good or evil, but sir it is your regulatory committees that deregulated. Sir, your party is at fault. Also, on that last note, Sir, what do you mean by favoring the prosperous? Sir, the prosperous should be rich, favored, and promoted. Because sir, the have earned it. We pay GMs millions of dollars because they lead, take responsibility, and take risks. Sir, it is they that insure the company remains competitive so that the employees still have jobs. Further Sir, why should they take a pay cut when your own congress has the gall to raise their pay again . . . and again . . . and again.
The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
This is the truth Mr. President. We must extend opportunity, but not money. Sir, I work with people who extend opportunity everyday. And let me tell you, we have offered jobs to the unemployable. We have given working hours to the rank. But sir, those people have worked for every penny. Many have become better for it. Many have become drunk with their pay check and then stolen from us. But sir, the people I work with help the willing, your organization cannot distinguish the willing from the crooks. Your organization would be best equipped helping me help others, not doing the work directly.
And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
But sir, we are leading. Unlike under the former democrat, no one has threatened us. No one has challenged us. It was our intervention along the prevented a larger crisis in Georgia. Sir, we have been leading BECAUSE WE DONT CARE. Sir, leaders do not have friends, it is just their job to make sure that everyone hates them equally. We are fortunate enough to have friends, but even without them, we have been the leader.
We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
Be careful sir, someone might mistake you for the former President Bush.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
Adhering to these comments sir could bring you fame and recognition as, not only the first black Pesident of the United States, but as an international protector of peace and prosperity. Sir, these truths should be our only foreign policy guide.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.
And Mr. President, please leave us the freedom to do this.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.
Then Sir, remove what hinders these most. Sir take away the government intervention, inform the electorate of a senators stupid mistakes, and make companies suffer for their own ineptitude.
In conclusion Sir, I stand with you, I stand behind you, and I stand for you. Sir, I know that you have been appointed by God and elected by the individuals He has placed in this nation. Sir, I recognize that you will do the Lord’s work and sacrifice your self and your family to secure the Lord’s blessing on this country. Sir, this is something that President Bush did do and I hope you continue.
However, I do have reason to mistrust you. Despite your claim of openness, you still hide from us, and despite your call for change, all you have done is steal other peoples ideas and ideals.
However sir, you are not me and I am not you and that make use great. I want to end with a quote of yours from teh speech, but please remember. The greatness of a team is not defined by its ability to conform to each other, but by the ability of the individuals to realise their value to the team and for the goal. Sir, please do not constrict this.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.