If Only We Could Hope

I listened to the President’s speech on Tuesday concerning the plans for Afghanistan.  I wondered who had written this speech, and how President Obama could be reading it so convincingly.  His nose wasn’t even growing!

He is rightly listening to his military experts to send over more troops and resources.  He should send even more, and ASAP.  With two sons in the military, I don’t say this lightly.  But if we can’t support the troops we have over there right now, if we can’t go all out and finish the job we started instead of slowly chipping away and risking American and innocent Afghan lives, then pull out all of our troops immediately and try to find another way to defend our borders.  We can not play political games and worry about votes when our soldiers’ lives are at stake.

I wondered how he could mention how “Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power…It underwrites our diplomacy.  It taps the potential of our people, and allows investment in new industry.  And it will allow us to compete in this century as successfully as we did in the last…” while his policies are beliefs are so destructive to the free-market system that has allowed us to enjoy such freedom and prosperity.

I wish we could feel as safe as he seemed to want us to feel when he said “We have to invest in our homeland security…We have to improve and better coordinate our intelligence so that we stay one step ahead of shadowy networks” while remaining soft on illegal immigration, trying war criminals out to destroy our country in our federal courts and giving them the same rights as American citizens, and allowing political correctness and fear to hamper the work of intelligence investigators that should have foreseen acts of terrorism like the shootings at Fort Hood.

I felt proud when he mentioned that “…more than any other nation, the United States of America has underwritten global security for over six decades – a time that, for all its problems, has seen walls come down, markets open, billions lifted from poverty, unparalleled scientific progress, and advancing frontiers of human liberty.”  I truly feel this way.  We’ve made mistakes and we have some individuals that don’t live the “American way,” but the overall spirit of this country is freedom, tolerance, and generosity.

A lovely young woman I know still sees the world through idealistic eyes.  She believes these politicians really care about the “people” instead of the power they can garner through winning the votes of these people.  She calls President Obama “her president” with a dreamy look in her eyes.  If only I could believe some of the things he so eloquently reads from his teleprompter, he could be “my president” too.

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12 Responses to “If Only We Could Hope”


  1. 1 Evenshine December 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

    If only…if only….

    I just wonder how we have traded one war for another, and somehow, this one is OK, but the other isn’t. I wonder how on earth anyone can talk about eliminating terror, as if that were something reachable by US hands.

    I think his sweet talk has kept people in the dark, and only now are people attempting to put a name to that nagging uneasiness in their minds…

  2. 2 Consuella Banana Hammock December 3, 2009 at 10:46 am

    well i must admit, i have been waiting for your thoughts on the speech. me thought to myself, “self, this is something les will have thoughts about.”

    and i agree. piss or get off the pot. do it or don’t do it but don’t do it half assed. half assed gets people killed. i agree that we need to get in there and finish what we started. i agree that when obama talks “tough” i am not convinced. i didn’t like bush for a lot of reasons but i never doubted his “tough” talk and i think no one else did either.

    it means a lot to hear from you on this issue. you have sons in the military. you are risking more than i could ever imagine. i am grateful for what your sons are doing. i would tell them that if i could!

    • 3 les@mamaneeds2rant December 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

      Since my sons normally read this, you just told them, Consuella. You’re right. Half-assed is a dangerous way to go!

      We can’t eliminate terror, Evenshine, but we really can’t allow it to grow unchecked. Like Obama mentioned in his speech, we had the backing of most of the world and an almost unanimous vote in Congress back in 2001 to root out the evil hiding and scheming in Afghanistan. If our military leaders see some way to complete that mission, we owe it to the victims of 9/11 to do the job right.

  3. 4 Cyndi December 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I do so love your political rants.

    Technically, you may not think he’s dreamy but he is your president, like it or not. Sorry. 🙂

    I am far from an expert but my personal opinion is get the hell out. Get everyone out now. What does any of this really accomplish? War….the ones who suffer are the young men sent over there and their families. The “leaders” just get to have their little pissing contests from the safety of their fabulous homes.

    • 5 les@mamaneeds2rant December 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      If I were thinking only of my self, I would want them all home, too, Cyndi. And i do agree that there is little over there worth fighting for–their culture is so different, their people are stuck in the middle ages, they probably don’t understand why we’re there and they don’t really want us there. And because it’s like this, where the people have no hope for a better life and no education, they can be indoctrinated by the radical maniacs who are out to destroy Western civilization. The whole country can become headquarters of Al Quaeda zealots—and who really trusts that our country’s leaders are up to the task of taking on even more of the nut jobs.

  4. 6 robinaltman December 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

    My husband always says, “You know what the goal of all politicians is? To keep their jobs. To get re-elected.” I used to think he was cynical, but I agree with this more and more as I get older. So sad.

  5. 8 Tammy December 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I am not a political enthusiast, I listen to enough talk radio (from both sides) to make casual conversation at dinner parties but I do have two thoughts on this….

    1. I agree with Robins husband and I wonder what our society would look like if politicans actually cared more about what their constituants wanted rather then getting reelected.

    2. A question: Why is it that our society so badly wants to change and convert the belief systems of other countries. Why do they need to be “just like us”? If they came to our country and tried to change our way of life I think we would all be fighting in the streets too.

    My uneducated two cents!

  6. 10 Dawn December 4, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I stopped here the other day Les and it brought some thoughts to the surface that I just couldn’t verbalize at the time. Obama, when he was running for office, promised to end the war. His calling for 30,000 troops now … it feels like a betrayal. But I understand so little about the hopeful outcome. I did not see his speech.

    My son Joe is seventeen, the Air Force has been interested in him as of late. REALLY interested … it’s making me sick. He’s digging the idea and it is his life … his choice. He can choose anything, any school … and I am ashamed of how America treats our vets.

    So many feelings bubble up … where to begin? I hope you speak more about this issue. I feel beside myself.

    • 11 les@mamaneeds2rant December 5, 2009 at 12:03 am

      Dawn, I understand where you’re coming from. But for me, abandoning the war on terrorism was one of the things that scared me about Obama, although not as much as his socialist ideals and America-bashing associates. I honestly don’t know the right approach in this crazy war on terrorism, but if the military experts who are actually over there assessing the situation think we need a troop surge to protect the safety of our civilians and the citizens of our allies, then I feel we need to follow their advice. We definitely need it to protect the troops we have over there now. Obama has never been in the military and seems to have a rather idealistic and unrealistic view of life.

      We definitely do not get the true story on what is going on over there through the media. A completely different story is often told by people that were actually over there and do not have an agenda or a desire to twist and omit facts.

      Every time I hear about one of our troops or allies being killed or injured over there, I ache for them and their loved ones. I’m also scared to death for my own sons. The civilian deaths over there are tragic, also, but sometimes those monsters over there deliberately put innocents at risk. These extremists are ruthless and heartless, and the war in Afghanistan started out as a response to an act of war on our soil.

      As for your son joining the military, you have to let him follow his heart. One of my sons ended up there after trying several other things. He had many options, also, but had always talked about wanting to be in the military since he was very young. It was meant to be. The other one, I tried so hard to talk him out of it but he was sooo determined. He did it more for other reasons–which to me meant he really didn’t need to be there. But there have been mostly good outcomes from their decision, so far. Of course, I know what could happen, but you can’t stand in the way of someone else’s life decisions once they turn 18. I pray your son makes the best decision for himself, and hopefully it will be one that gives you peace, Dawn.

  7. 12 Dawn December 6, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Thank you so very kindly on the very well thought comment Les. I know more today than I did the day before.

    I agree fully on respecting our children to lead their own lives and follow their own guides. I can’t help but see my son Joe would be an asset in the military or with whomever he serves in this life.

    Thank you Les.


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