Obama Nomination Fulfills American Dream – But Will He Live Up to Promised Change? – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday June 4, 2008

 

This morning all Americans can take pride in the fact that we have taken a step forward. The promise of the American political system has been, for the moment, realized.

With the apparent nomination of Democratic Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States, America has finally moved beyond a past filled with hypocrisy on such issues.

Change is a wonderful, positive thing. Promised, but unrealized, change can be very demoralizing. The American people (and the world) are eager for an American President to bring the former right now, but are understandably wary of more unfulfilled promises and false hopes. 

So which kind of president would Barack Obama be?

He says the right things.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Feb. 5, 2008

 

We are at an historic moment. For better or worse, Barack Obama stands at the center of that moment. What Barack Obama decides to do with his historic opportunity remains to be seen.

He swept through the primary season calling for change, change, and more change. Given the status quo on many topics, it’s not hard to see why people are clamoring for change.

Obama’s challenge is to demonstrate that his brand of change goes beyond WHO he is and translates to what he will DO. While his milestone victory is exciting, what he will do for this country is of much more lasting concern. Does he truly recognize the issues of the day and is he willing to transcend political orthodoxy to address them?

Among the questions Mr. Obama will have to answer:

  • Does he understand that Americans want energy options that empower them to make smarter energy choices for the environment? They do not want an environmental nanny state that monitors and taxes every out breath.
  • Does he understand that Americans want to work with our neighbors while maintaining the integrity of our borders?
  • Does  he understand that Americans are willing participants in a global economy, but that the benefits must flow both ways?
  • Does he truly understand the folly that has been U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere or does he think he can just implement in a “smarter” way ala John Kerry in 2004?
  • Will he hold to his promise to use meaningful dialogue to resolve world issues or will he bullied by his advisors into “acting presidential” and continuing the easy use of the marines to solve all problems?
  • Does he plan to abruptly reverse The USA Patriot Act and other unconstitutional directions that the nation has been going or will he remain silent and allow them to continue?
  • Does he have a strategy for bringing monetary policy back into the control of the American people, our representatives, and The Constitution?
  • Will he give the American people a say in multinational agreements now in process that impact our lives? Will he implement a transparent process for these discussions?
  • Is there really any difference in electing him over John McCain? Is there really any difference between the two major parties or have they merged into a kind of two-headed establishment party?
  • In two years, will we be able to tell the difference between his policies and George W. Bush’s? Will they be making a positive difference in our lives?

These are REAL questions and the jury is clearly out on these and many more issues important to the American people.

The American people want a real change in direction and not just a change in the messenger. We want action not lip service on those changes. We want specifics not broad generalities.

The voters’ challenge, especially those who have helped create the Obama tsunami, is to test the level of change he truly represents. It is the American voters’ responsibility to demand substance and commitment to that change. “Better than McCain” is not an acceptable measure for our next leader. We have gone down that road before and we have found only disappointment. 

Congratulations, Mr. Obama! Today you can take pride in your accomplishment and we in ours. Tomorrow the proving begins. Are you an agent for change or just the appearance of it? We are all looking forward to finding out.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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10 Responses to Obama Nomination Fulfills American Dream – But Will He Live Up to Promised Change? – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday June 4, 2008

  1. Don Davis says:

    I could vote for Colin Powell or many other blacks but definitely not for this man. People will love the anti-christ also. They love to listen to people with nothing to say.

  2. A lot of what has been written here tells me that I am not alone with my thoughts about Obama. I am not a raciest and could care less if he was purple. However, his lack of experience in world politics leaves me nervous since the next four years are sure to bring striff when it comes to Iran, North Korea and the Muslim worlod in general. The only nother item for debate is when looking at the people he has associated himself with over then last 20 years leads me to believe that faciest and marksism thinking may cause him to abandon American thinking. My bottom line is knowing he can talk the talk but can he walk the walk.

  3. CAROLYN WILLIAMS says:

    I WAS HOPING THAT CLINTON WOULD WIN–BUT IF OBAMA IS THE DEMOCRATIC DELEGATE , THOSE THAT WANTED HER—WHOS TO SAY THAT THEY MIGHT DECIDE TO VOTE REPUBLICIAN AND THEN POSSIBLY MC CANN COULD MAYBE WIN—THUS NO OBAMA

  4. Ray Davis says:

    Thanks for the comments. Keep them coming.

    As I’ve said before, this blog is not particularly political in nature. However, This blog is about inspiring people to go after their goals and dreams. One would think Barack Obama would be the dream candidate for me. I’m just not convinced.

    Since I began The Affirmation Spot I’ve had the good fortune to meet many new people who are genuinely trying to create real change and real improvement in the world.

    My purpose in writing this article is to suggest that I don’t believe Obama represents political change at all. He is an attractive package to continue selling the current disempowering and destructive establishment policies. Frankly, I don’t think anyone operating inside either of the two major US political parties can be an agent of change.

    Both parties are about protecting various aspects of the status quo. However, they are very good marketers. They know that words like “change” keep us coming back for more every four years.

    Obama, in my opinion, is just the next installment of continuing strategy of putting the opposite side asleep every few years. Bill Clinton put the left to sleep and ignited the right. George W. Bush put the right to sleep and ignited the left. Now here we go again.

    Meanwhile, NAFTA, GATT, wealth and jobs pouring out of America, freedoms dismissed, and bankrupting our nation to maintain a bloated empire. Yet, both parties continue to support these policies in action (if not words).

    I feel confident in answering all the questions I posited in the article. The answer is no. He will not do any of those things. Someone committed to change in the political sphere would be talking about all these things.

    Yes, we need real change. Neither Obama nor McCain offer it. I still firmly believe that Ron Paul or perhaps someone like Jesse Ventura – someone who will speak truth – is what we need.

    There is so much beauty in this world. There is so much potential in all of us. In some ways, we need to be focused on that. However, we cannot deny the ways our leaders are impacting our lives.

    I honestly wish Barack Obama really represented change the change people are thirsting for. He simply does not.

  5. I agree Ray. I think we already have some substantive evidence that Obama is more of the same. In the past he suggested that ending the drug war was desirable, but has backed off those comments to become more electable. He also missed an opportunity to champion civil liberties in the Senate. Change is a popular word in politics right now, but is empty without substance.

  6. Ray Davis says:

    Patrick,

    Great to hear from you. The promise of change seems to be enough for so many people. There just isn’t critical evaluation of whether anything new is being proposed or anything new is happening after the election.

    I see you are running for state senate this year. Best of luck. Please let me know how I can help.

    What are your thoughts on Bob Barr? Is he the real deal? I’ve heard him interviewed some in the past couple of years and hear some good things.

  7. Jean Finch says:

    Ray, I agree with your comments about Obama. I don’t believe he is committed to making any significant change however, in our current system neither Obama nor anyone can. The system does not support anyone outside the norm and until the American people stand up and say enough I think we will continue to get the status quo in new packaging. We simply do not have enough people like you who look at what is being said critically and separating out the marketing ploys from substance, if any.

    I also agree that Ron Paul is the better choice for any possibility of real change. But, and that is a big but here, like the earthquake in China, the tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes in the US, change is upon us and Mother Earth will continue thumping us until we wake up and realize that politics will not save us. We have to save ourselves, take responsibility for ourselves and begin working together not just as Americans but as one humanity, one planet. We need to realize that what is important is life and Spirit. The rest is window dressing.

  8. Ray Davis says:

    Jean,

    Thanks for joining the conversation. Outstanding points. There certainly is a spiritual and a temporal aspect to all of this.

    As you know I whole-heartedly agree about working together as a planet. We just need to grow into that mindset organicially and not through the coercion of an all-powerful government.

    Politics, I think, is one outer manifestation of the spirit in action in the world. It’s kind of like technology. It can be used for good or ill.

    There is benefit, in my view, in both following our spiritual paths and remaining engaged.

    That said, Shakespeare may have had a point when he wrote, “All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts.”

    We are all certainly playing our roles in a game much larger than any of us.

  9. Darrell Gaston says:

    Ray,

    I wonder if Americans really want the things you suggested we do.

  10. Ray Davis says:

    Darrell,

    Thanks for the comment. I don’t think that all Americans want all of these things. I think most Americans do want these issues to be part of the debate and they never are.

    I don’t expect John McCain or even Hillary Clinton to talk about most of these issues. However, Obama is representing himself as a change agent. My post recognizes his accomplishment and ours in getting beyond this ridiculous race ceiling in our politics.

    That said, this next president needs to embody change. He needs to undo some very mistaken things that have been done and he needs to address the reality of our economic and energy dependence. It’s not enough for the same old messages to come in a new package.

    Many of these issues I cite are on the cutting age of the change and the debate we need to be having as a nation. I’m not satisfied he takes them seriously or that his election will bring the changes his supporters crave – most notably an end to this war.

    I guess I’m calling him out a little. So far his talking points sound like Johnson, McGovern, Carter, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, and Kerry (and McCain’s sound like Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Bush II). I was watching clips of Obama and McCain this morning. I might as well have been watching clips of Carter-Reagan or Bush-Clinton elections. Same old same old.

    Both men claim to be a departure from their party’s pasts. I’m just seeing more of the same old ignore the real issues and stick to the choir book.

    If Obama is a the change agent he claims to be and his followers want (beyond rhetoric), I’m still waiting to see him demonstrate it. If he isn’t that change, then he is a just a distraction…the appearance of change to appease those who want change.

    When he proves himself to be the genuine article I will be the first to acknowledge and jump on the bandwagon. Until then, I’m still hoping that some significant third party candidate will emerge to capture the real ground swell for a new direction.

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