In the coming 2012 presidential election, Republican candidates will be accused of every racial bias imaginable for opposing President Obama. In fact it has already started. With a huge re-election war-chest and mainstream media bias, the president's backers will blitz the public with negative images of the opposition. We need to be clear about what motivates opposition of the present administration.
Conservatism knows no skin color or ethnicity; you only have to look at who some of the prominent conservatives are. Families of every ethnic stripe have conservative values, particularly those who have worked and struggled to get ahead and to send their children and grandchildren to college to realize their full potential. We have nothing to fear from a strong black man as leader. We have everything to fear from someone with the ideological objectives that permeate the liberal/progressive agenda, no matter what his or her ethnicity.
We also need to fear a repeat of the 2008 election campaign, in which the media fell all over themselves to jump on the Obama bandwagon. They might be excused for their enthusiasm at the prospects of a first American black president. A repeat of that performance would only reinforce the notion that there is a serious absence of objectivity in the mainstream media.
To be fair, the Obama administration did inherit a bundle of challenges, some from the Bush administration and others created by their own hand or their own party; an economic meltdown, war in the Middle East, threats of terrorism (or man-made disaster events to be politically correct) were among the most serious. And, many of us are willing to give credit where credit is due. We still have many nagging problems to contend with that haven't been fully addressed.
For many of us there are serious doubts that have more to do with attitude and perspective. We can make concessions for the seemingly arrogant aura of a young, inexperienced chief executive wanting to demonstrate confidence. We can accept an attitude of "we know what's best" from members of the administration on the same basis; we're all imperfect beings. What is unacceptable is best described as "wrong-headedness." There is concern about the vision for the future of America, a vision that does not cede our national sovereignty to global management or entangle us with global restrictions that stymie our own economic well-being. The most powerful country in the world cannot and should not rely on others to decide what is in our best interests; that is a job we have to do for ourselves.
A conflicted nation is being torn apart by differing ideologies; Liberal'progressives and conservatives clash on almost every issue. The intransigency of these clashes threatens the well being of our nation. It seems unthinkable that the U.S. Senate would not be able to pass a budget for over three years. At this time, compromise does not seem possible on most major issues which call for a solution -- it's time for change. It's time for a leader and his party to bring calm out of chaos and restore America's values and put Americans first. Some other organization or other countries can't do it; this is a "do-it-yourself" project. This is a "we-the-people" project that can only be accomplished with a fully-engaged electorate working with elected representatives, as our Constitution calls for. Let's be fair to our founding fathers and follow their wise counsel as given in the Declaration of Independence -- "Governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
This November, we can change our nation's future by sending principled, dedicated, honest representatives to Washington to do the peoples' business. That's how it's supposed to work. That's how it will work if, and only if, we the people stay engaged and let our representatives know that they are expected to honor the Constitution with their actions. Otherwise you have some other form of government, perhaps a "banana republic," not a republic as intended. There are dozens of "republics" in this world that are representative governments in name only; ours can still be a true republic if we put in the work. Freedom is a gift but it isn't free.
Reynolds lives in Pleasant View. He is a retired businessman and member of the Kiwanis Club of North Ogden.