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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Now We Change to Evolve

Hello Papamoka Bloggers - We did it! We voted for change! The Republicans are out of power! So, what's different already? A great example could be seen on the National Mall yesterday, as well as at celebrations around the nation and the world.

People everywhere were celebrating the victory of a man who speaks about the hopes and dreams of families, communities and nations, and not just about those of individuals - especially selfish individuals. We elected a man who understands how America and the world, our very lifestyle, cannot survive without change.

His inaugural themes echoed his campaign, but were more blunt. He stressed more cooperation, sacrifice and charity. He's challenging us to help him heal our nation, and hopefully help the world. "A new era of ourselves, our nation, and the world" is a good start to a presidency that is required to return balance to a suffering world.

If I heard him right, personal ambition is now less important than creating jobs that will employ all Americans. Wall Street is now less important than Main Street. Free trade is now less important than fair trade. Health care for some Americans is now less important than health care for all Americans. There's no doubt a lot has changed today.

Priorities also changed. I heard him describe a government no longer focused on saving the wealth of a few. That was yesterday. Today we want corporations and the banking industry to help people keep their homes, and create good jobs for average Americans. Wall Street helping Main Street! I heard a man talk about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs!

If you listened carefully, you could hear him say that a rising tide will lift all boats - or at least close to it. That rising tide will be the middle-class.

I also heard him talk a lot about helping others. "The selflessness of workers who rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job" is a great example of self-sacrifice at a time of great suffering. Tough times require us to help our fellow Americans. I've done okay in life, so I'm prepared to help if I can. Are you?

It shouldn't have to be said, but after Reaganism, trickle-down economics and the "small government" Bush years, it must be said: Americans need to know their president, and their government, will not allow them to starve in the streets. That's what changed yesterday. Obama's "spirit of service" is infectious, and people need to know they will be okay.

Let us hope that Obama renews the original ideas embodied in our Declaration of Independence, where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness suggests hope to all. We should not live in a selfish society. The only way mankind is going to survive on this small planet, with billions arriving each generation, is to work together.

Other western, capitalistic democracies know it. It's time for more Americans to figure it out. Selfishness and unilateralism is a luxury we Americans can no longer afford.

Michael Boh
Papamoka's Left Coast Contributor
from Our Rants & Raves Blog

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Anonymous Gregory Smith said...

Writen like a true America hating multiculturalist. 59 million of us voted against B.O. and each and every one of his policies and we are still here. We will never give in to multicultural equivocation. We will never submit to politically correct thought or speech. We will never forsake the Judeo-Christian and individualist traditions on which the US was founded.

Americans DO NOT need a nanny state to rely on. In specific they need to know that no such body exists (or will be tolerated to exist for long) as a driver to engage the abundant individual opportunities to succeed afforded them by a freedom loving rugged individualist country.

We do not need to perfect our founding documents. We do not need a new declaration of independence. We do not need redistributive policies of so called social justice. We do not need B.O. as the panderer in chief and new standard bearer for the ideological collectivist left which stands for everything that the US was founded to oppose.

7:50 PM  
Blogger by Michael Boh said...

"A little revolution now and again is a good thing" was beautifully quoted in a great American motion picture. "We do not need" seems to be what you believe Gregory. My advice is to study the problems of today's world. You might just change your mind. Even a 230+ year old constitutional democracy can benefit every now and then by being open to change. Please don't be close minded. MB

8:05 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Change that is possible politically is what makes this nation great and unique in the world. Most of all is the fact that this nation was founded on laws that were and are there to protect all of its citizens. Great post MB!!!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Just Wondering said...

I know what we do need: new rhetoric. "America hating" is so 10 minutes ago. I doubt very many of those 59 million (an impressive number, indeed, until you consider President Obama's 69 million votes) are familiar with all of the new president's policies (I certainly am not), let alone voted against "every one of them," but I'll take Mr. Smith's word for it as he writes so authoritatively.

I apologize in advance for taking the tone in this comment I am about to take, but the arrogance oozing from Mr. Smith's comment, demonstrated by declaration (in all caps, no less) of what all of America does not need, has brought out the beast in me.

I submit former President Bush was an expert at giving America what she does not need. However, if by "Nanny State" - again, so 10 minutes ago - you mean a working government, the former President did a fine job of saving us from that particular ill. And that, Mr. Smith, is how we got to this place. Not because government didn't "take care of us," but because someone forgot their Madison: if men were angels, no government would be necessary. As a rugged individualist myself, I don't have the means to keep my water supply free of pollutants, for example. I appreciate the help of a working E.P.A.

Where did "perfecting our founding documents" appear in Michael's original post? Well, nothing like that was in the original post. I'm sure if Papamoka checks his visitor tracker, he will discover that Gregory Smith got here by way of a key word search, dropped his pre-canned propaganda bomb, and then moved on. For 8 years, many of us have cried out that our founding documents do not need to be perfected; they need to be followed. And honored. The outgoing administration, however, frequently found the tenets of those founding documents to be inconvenient. And here we are.

Finally, it is the height of disrespect to address President Obama without using the title of president. Again, no surprise. Since America has long been known as the melting pot, it seems to me that Gregory Smith and his fellow "anti-multiculturalists" are the America-haters.

Thank you, Michael, for your enthusiasm. 69 million of us America-lovers are right there with you.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I didn't know that the 59 million people on the right selected a spokesperson? I have to check my email more often.

I have to agree with Just Wondering on this one.

6:50 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Keep the faith, Michael. The right will never believe we love America.

I agree that GS dropped his propaganda bomb and took off. It was 8:50 p.m. according to the time on his comment - time for Hannity! BJ

11:03 PM  

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