Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Obama is Making Me a Republican! Americans Need To Take Responsibility!
I voted for him. Much to the dismay of my family. Not because they are war mongering Republicans, but because they are fiscally conservative and scared to death of a Democrat's "big government".
I shunned them. Praising Obama. Loving the thought of having a leader the world respected. Hopeful that we wouldn't be mired in war for the rest of my life. Scorning Bush at every chance and how he single-handedly ended the supremacy of the greatest nation the world had ever seen.
The first six months of Obama's presidency, I was elated. He was taking a different tone and stance on everything. I admired him and loved the direction America was going. Then slowly, cracks appeared in his armor. At once, a person I had thought was a moderate Democrat has become the most left winged socialist I could have imagined. I really hope this is just a figment of my imagination. And that I'm jumping the gun. But he's coming dreadfully close to mirroring some Chavezian policies.
I was raised in a family that rewarded hard work and dedication to school and life. It's part of what drove me to get my MBA and continue to push myself to achieve, even when others viewed my situation as ideal. I've learned not to take things for granted: life, friends, family, finances, and happiness.
I've watched as my parents worked tirelessly to provide for my brother and me. To give us things they never had so that we could live a life they had only dreamed of. And they succeeded.
But change is upon us if Obama has his way. See, we're not being rewarded for hard work and dedication anymore. And we're not at fault for mistakes we make. It's called responsibility. And there doesn't seem to be any culpability anymore. It's disgusting me! My dad is making less money than ever, as a physician. 30 some years of service. And he earns less than he ever did. What other field pays you less the longer you work? Name one. Sure, some of you will scoff... "he's a doctor, he earns plenty". Yea, he spent 10+ years after college in training (that's ten less earning years). He saves people's lives. He's on call. He spends the worst 30 seconds of people's lives with them - having to tell people they are dying. Or telling family members their loved ones have died. If you're complaining about prices. Take it up with your insurance provider. They're making plenty. But enough about that.
America used to be the Land of Opportunity - where your dreams came true if you worked hard. People aren't working hard anymore. They're sitting around and waiting for handouts. This sounds sustainable. Maybe a little adversity would actually make us stronger.
Just my 2 cents.