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Published:August 21st, 2012 08:51 EST
OBAMA 2.0: What's Next?

OBAMA 2.0: What's Next?

By M. Quinn

These were the majestic words proclaimed during the `2008 campaign for the White House by then Senator Barack Obama.  It would have been a phenomenal feat, if even part of these proclamations manifest themselves as the truth.

However, over the course of the past three plus years of President Obama`s tenure in the White House; the new America has never emerged; nor has the blending of the political parties or anything that remotely resembles a harmonious dance between America`s ethnically and culturally diverse population. And for all intents and purposes, there has been nothing united about the United States of America.

In fact, just the opposite has taken place. The new day in America has not manifested itself in any way shape or form; the cultures in America remain categorically divided; (which proves that this is still very much a Black America, and a White America, and a Latino and Asian America; and the Democrats and Republicans remain emphatically engaged in a political mud slinging exercise while completely ignoring the devastating economic plight of the America people.

Now, Mr. Obama cannot be entirely blamed for the socioeconomic and political calamity of the past three and a half years; considering taking over from eight years of a Republican led administration.  However, when one is prepared to make such bold proclamations, such as; the time for change has come, and that this is not a Black America, nor a White America, or a Latino or Asian America; these eloquent words merely represent hollow political rhetoric without a genuine strategy to bring (at least) part of these proclamations into fruition.

Many will cite that the greatest impediment toward the president implementing the changes promised are the Republican Party; however, every leader - great or not, must be able to overcome opposition. Are we willing to believe that President Obama who continues to display immense charm, charisma, skillful articulation and a highly methodical thought process coupled with an apparent supreme intellectual capacity cannot out think, or out strategize the Republicans? Or has he been too quick to compromise and placate?

The art of compromise is essential to any political and democratic process, but there are somethings which should remain above compromise.

Even though George W. Bush made some of the most horrendous socioeconomic and political decisions, he was willing to pull the trigger while not being overly concerned about what the Democratic Party`s opinion was regarding his decision making.

Now, I am in no way advocating that President Obama engage in horrendous political decision making a la George Bush; however, I am advocating that Mr. Obama present the courage to stand or his core beliefs as Commander and Chief, and lead the country without being overly eager and willing to compromise his position.

The Republican Party has regrettably forced Mr. Obama`s hand on several occasions and summarily caused him to re-evaluate and re-adjust some extremely crucial decisions.

If re-elected, the president must take the bull by the political horns per se, and lead the country while making some extremely difficult decisions regardless of how they are perceived by the GOP.

It is incumbent upon the president to not continue to rely on grandiose words of articulation; but he must present himself as a great leader by his actions - not words; and thus present a genuine strategy to move America forward toward more fruitful social, economic and political times.

M. QUINN is a freelance journalist and activist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; Removing the Veil ", and RECOMPENSE A Matter of Human Rights ".

He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the American educational system as a core curriculum.. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.



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