An open letter to Independents and Ron Paul voters
I remember back in 2008, when the elections were going strong and the young senator from Chicago made a whole lot of promises to a generation of Americans who, tired of a long-standing "awkwardness" between races in our population, gleefully voted for the one man whom they perceived to be the "bridge" who would finally unite them. Now, four years later, after keeping his promise to fundamentally change America, the president (who shall remain unnamed) has done just that - but not in the ways we'd expected. Instead, he changed us into a fearful electorate caught in the middle of a Cold Civil War that rages unabated online and threatens to break out onto the streets of real life at any given time.
There were so many opportunities this president had to unite this country once and for all. He missed every single one of them, and I feel that they were missed on purpose. Let's look at a list of things he could have done, but didn't:
1. Being a person of mixed racial heritage, one might think this president would have a unique perspective on the racial division in this country. Theoretically, he would have (or should have) been able to see things from both a Black perspective and a White perspective. He could have been the "bridge" that enabled the two races to finally communicate and get together on issues that concern both. Not only that, he could have brought all the races along and united us as a whole, done away with the hyphenation and made us all Americans. But, rather than build that bridge, he burned it down.
2. When the Democrats used their collective influence in all levels of the media and government, moving heaven and earth to give this man a fast-track path to the presidency, they managed to get him there without the American people vetting him and checking his background. Oh, they had such high hopes for him, didn't they? Many around the world did, too. He was supposed to end our wars (maybe all war, period). They even preemptively awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize, hoping that this Great Dispenser of Hope would be the answer to all of our problems. Instead, all he did was divide (quite literally) by Zero.
3. According to Progressives, this president would ride in on a white horse and save not just the country but the world. He, the Lightworker, would systematically begin his quest to chase away all the the shadows of racism, bigotry and intolerance. This living 'Blowtorch of Brilliance' was supposed to illuminate all these demons, these social ills, and burn them out of the American psyche once and for all. Not only that, he would then shed his brilliance upon the rest of the globe, bringing all of the frightened, huddled masses as one into the New Age, where we would all get together, give together and sing "Kumbaya" around the bonfire of our ignominious past. But, rather than light this flame, he struck a match handed it to those who hate everything America stands for and then let them use it to burn our flag, along with any feeble hopes of peace.
4. Economically, this president was supposed to prove once and for all that if we could just get the evil rich to give up some more - well, a lot more - of their hard-earned cash for the benefit of the collective, the American Pie would then be divided equally amongst us all. There would no longer be any hungry homeless, no starving children, and everyone would have a chicken in every pot. He promised "shovel-ready" jobs and entitlements for all. Free healthcare for the poor and downtrodden was the biggest promise of all. Honestly, who wouldn't want free health care? But instead, what we got was the largest tax increase in our country's history, along with the greatest pile of debt ever to be placed on a population in human history. To put it bluntly, he's created a national debt so great that economists now say that it is physically impossible to ever pay it off. Ever.
5. He was supposed to unite us all along religious lines, getting together the Muslims, the Christians, the Jewish people and all the others to one giant table and hash out all of our differences. After all, freedom of religion is one of the pillars that supports this great nation. We would all finally learn tolerance and our friends in the Middle East would finally see that we mean them no harm and wanted nothing more than to "get along." If we couldn't be brothers spiritually, we could at least create a path of communication. Everyone would lay down their weapons, pick up flowers and there would finally be peace on Earth. But, no, we didn't get that, either. Four years after his Ascendance, this president (and all the people standing in the shadows behind him) have managed to cost us over a dozen or more U.S. embassies, the death of an ambassador and some of his staff (including two Marines). His spokespeople lied for him, telling the American public that the unrest that began on 9-11-12 was caused by a lame, cheaply-made movie while those of us who are able to watch a few videos on the internet could plainly see that the rioters were chanting "We are all Osama."
It's plain to see this damage path of a failure so epic that at least a hundred songs and several movies were inspired by it is not what was promised to the American people. Even now, like they did for Jimmy Carter, the media lies and spins for this president, trying to tell us all that everything's fine. Our president's "got this," and in the end everything will be okay. The problem is, even the average, non-TV watching American can see that this is all one great big lie.
Many who voted for him in 2008 are now looking at him with disdain, wondering where the free health care is, where the jobs are, and wondering where all the free cash and incentives are that were promised. Those who still support him claim the rest of us who have seen the Lightworker for what he really is are just racists and haters. We didn't want to "give him a chance" because of his race. We just didn't "understand him." Well, yes, we actually do understand him quite well. The media can't understand why the American people aren't following them lock-step in support of their man, even while their Neilsen ratings slide inexorably down the drain. As if speaking these hopes for a turnaround will actually make them become reality, the media slants polls in the president's favor. The problem is that the media, as we once knew it, is on life support. There are too many people now who can use the internet and cross-check the lies six ways from Sunday.
This man, our so-called president, has become a study in missed opportunity. He who had so much potential could never have lived up to it, even if he wanted to. Instead, he took the opportunity to break the trust of the American people, flung his excremental vision of "hope" into our faces and set about furthering his father's agenda. He divided us far more deeply than we ever were before, creating a cultural war that has blown up and even now rages on the internet. It is literally tearing us apart at the seams.
Just the other day, I traded some very harsh, very final words with a close family member, a lifelong Democrat who had perhaps become as disillusioned with this president as I have and became a Ron Paul supporter. And somehow, politics became more important than family. While this is not all attributed to politics, the deep division, utter lack of hope and the pervasive ennui we're all feeling in this country gave rise to this argument. I regret the words I said to him, but I can't stop believing in what I know to be true. Thanks to this president, people have now chosen sides once and for all. Brother has turned against brother, sibling against sibling. Tensions haven't been this great between Americans since the last civil war. Then, as if to underscore this final blow to our families and the great rip in the fabric of our nation, this president puts out a poster with his rendition of the U.S. flag, complete with his "O" symbol and five blood-streaked stripes, that is supposed to symbolize a united nation. United under what? This president? His ideals? Never have I been so motivated to vote in my life.
Let's hope that a vote settles it this time. To be clear, I don't place all my hopes on Mitt Romney to "save our souls," I just hope he slows the bleeding. This current president will go down in history as the Great Divider - and that's only if we can save our history from selective editing. It no longer matters if you like Romney or not, and I agree that for conservatives, he's not exactly the best choice as a replacement for this president. But in the end, you have to ask yourself what do you really want? Do you want the end of America as we once knew it? This president wants to turn us into a Socialist nation with a heavy yoke of taxes, debt and government regulations that will not only enslave us, but will enslave the next five generations, if not more.
In just a couple of short months, it will be time to put down the Ron Paul signs and cash that reality check. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama, make no mistake about it. A course correction this vast will take several presidencies and multiple flushings of the Congressional toilet to fix. For now, I ask you to please set your differences with Mitt Romney aside and take a good hard look at what you define "freedom" to be and then vote accordingly. In the end, we, the American people, have to trust each other to do what needs to be done. We have an opportunity this time to set things right, or at least point them back in the right direction. Don't miss it.
- Jillian Clayton, 21 September, 2012