These next few days give us our latest sunrises of the year, until Sunday morning when we'll fall back an hour, to 6:21am. Strangely, I'm looking forward to the change. When my dawn walks are crowded up against the days' appointments there is less time for leisurely contemplation.
In honor of the news of the day -- election results -- I am going to delve where I rarely delve. My dad, always full of thought and philosophical inquiry, sent his 5 children a letter yesterday asking for our response to an article in the Wall Street Journal, by Dorothy Rabinowitz, It's called "Why Obama is no Roosevelt." It had some legitimate points, some subtle raging, and a lot of questions I am not equipped to answer. I do not, as a rule, read much about the intricacies of politics or business theory. Nevertheless, I wrote a reply to my father, which I will reprint here.
I would love to hear responses from my readers today, if you are so inclined -- right, left or in between. This is an area in which I can stand to be further educated, and any thoughtful and intelligent insights will be appreciated.
Hey Dad -- I came very close to sending that WSJ article to some of my friends, to ask their reaction to it. I am not well read or savvy enough about politics, business and healthcare to respond to most of these charges that I continue to hear against Obama. But I'll leave my friends alone and share my lightly informed thoughts.
I understand that there is a lack of connection that people are feeling with Obama, He is certainly not as great at instilling the nation with optimism and hope as he was during his campaign. I think he is genuinely frustrated and disappointed with the divisiveness of the nation, and maybe he's too honest about his frustration and disappointment. A leader should put some rays of hope into his people, even if he's not feeling it. On the other hand, I don't think he's wrong about the fear and the whining!
I don't understand why they all think he has done such an abysmal job so far. As far as health care goes, the sense I get from those in the industry is that SOMETHING had to be done. It will take some time before we know if this something that we're trying will work or not. Business and the economy - who knows? Government gets more and less involved across the decades, and there are problems of some kind in every direction. Every new system that may look great in theory runs into trouble in practice, or so it seems to me in my ignorance.
One of the biggest problems I see in our country right now was illuminated for me at a seminar during T's parents' weekend at Emerson. It was about politics and the new media. The ever present barrage of easy political and social commentary are changing the face of politics (and everything else). The trend seems to be that with so much news, or pseudo-news to choose from, people tend to choose news that dovetails most nicely with their own opinions. You can find articulate arguments for just about anything out there now, and feel thoroughly validated in your beliefs.
As a result, we are becoming more and more factionalized, divided. Political blogs are HUGE now, and the most popular ones are definitively left or right. No one seems interested in reading stuff that balances the two sides out. Frankly, though I'm sure Dorothy Rabinowitz had a lot of intelligent points, I am irritated by her many barbs of sarcasm. It is the way of the media on both sides of the fence now, and I'm sick of it.
Bottom line for me is this, I guess. I wish Obama would show greater faith, pride, and respect for his country and fellow citizens, and I wish our country would show greater faith, pride and respect for their leader. But the latter hasn't been widely in vogue, it seems, since pre-Nixon days.
que sera sera