Organizing America

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

It's a new era.

A young, extremely bright, enthusiastic, optimistic leader for the United States of America.

I've never seen or felt the groundswell of American support like what took place on Inauguration Day 2009 with President Obama.

I've heard true-blue local republicans say, "I really want this guy to be successful!" And what's really encouraging is these statements are so sincere!

Now that's not only a shift in political culture that's a shift in social culture -- and long overdue. But if we think this man can do all that needs to be done, without the continued enthusiasm, moral support, civic involvement and most of all an informed following -- think again.

For now we are busy being filled with hope and enjoying the most wonderful social achievement within our country -- breaking the color barrier. And we should! But this celebration will pass. Our new president has a mammoth job to do. He can do it a lot better and a lot easier if he has an informed citizenry to work with.

So tell me, how are you going to respond?

If you've never been civically involved before I can't think of a better day, than today, to get started. Begin anyway you choose. Start reading the newspaper articles on politics -- in fact, read several to get more than one perspective. Talk with your Ohio and U.S. representatives. If none of that appeals to you go watch President Obama's You Tube video and accept his invitation to be part of Organizing America.

It's a new era -- and long overdue!

Comments

Rick Studer

It certainly is a wonderful time to be Americans. The inauguration of the new President, new and exciting cabinet members like Hilary Clinton taking their positions. It seems like hope is replacing despair in Washington.

I could not help but think of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” on January 20. The thousands of well-wishers were like the Munchkins celebrating the death of darkness. Instead of the wicked witch, crushed, stripe socks curling under the house, the dark one himself, Richard Cheney was sitting in a wheelchair, waiting to be rolled out the door of the wind blown mess he helped create, sent packing to the plains and his pile of Halliburton cash.

Yes, it feels pretty good to be an American today. What feels even better is the tectonic shift in the structure of American politics. The conservative right wing crumbles as we speak.

There have always been a greater number of people with moderate to liberal views than there was on the conservative side. Thanks to President Barrack Obama, all those members of the silent majority, that were always there but didn’t vote, have now joined the process and are a force to reckon with.

Even as we speak, the Republicans are having an internal debate on whether to move to middle as a party and join the discussion or bunker in on the far right and be a permanent minority party of obstructionists.

Grand Puba Rush Limbaugh is even touting his wish that the new President fail in his policies on his national syndicated show. Of course, if he were to fail that would mean the country would be a mess for another four years. Therefore, in reality Mr. Limbaugh prefers the country to fail for four years in order to advance his dieing point of view of conservatism, which in reality has never worked including in the Ronald Reagan Presidency.

While we are certainly in for a long struggle, it now seems we are back on the right path. Suddenly hope is alive again. Once again, America is poised to be the envy of the world. Perhaps now conservatism can be relegated to the footnotes of history where it belongs, we can only hope people like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter soon join it there.

On an unrelated matter, I noticed the Blogstress gave a shout out to her significant other, which reminds me how important it is to acknowledge the people in our lives and that no matter what their shortcomings are, we need to show them we care. Therefore, I would like to say to my significant other, “Happy 25th CoCoa and congratulations on graduating from Massage Therapy classes!

Anonymous

Forget "conservatism," please. It has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
Recovering Republican
JLof@aol.com

Anonymous

As long as half of America, especially minorities keep doing drugs, nothing will change you losers.

Anonymous

Decency. Sounds corn-ball doesn't it? So many have forgotten these terms. People from all stations of life. We are paying the price now. I feel Barrack is sincere in these things. We as a nation must learn to do for ourselves as much as we can. We also need to help one another when ever we can. No one is an island. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Stand hard for what is right.

Gulliver

TO RESPECT, JOHN LOFTON, & RICK STUDER: I'm curious to know a couple of things... 1. Did either one of you check out the Obama video on U-Tube Y what did you think? 2. Do you think you'll become more civically engaged on either local, state or federal goverment level, than you've been in the past?

Rick Studer, You are so right about what you said: "...how important it is to acknowledge the people in our lives". Kudo's to you first, for knowing that; and second for acting on it! Behavior like that, makes this world a nicer place to live. Thanks for doing your part, but don't stop there. OK?

Anonymous

You state above and I quote (For now we are busy being filled with hope and enjoying the most wonderful social achievement within our country -- breaking the color barrier. And we should! But this celebration will pass. Our new president has a mammoth job to do. He can do it a lot better and a lot easier if he has an informed citizenry to work with)
Might you look at this link for your viewing pleasure and maybe you should rephrase your above statement..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o...

Anonymous

1did't look @ u-tube2always was & will be engaged in local, state, & federal issue.How about you? You or yours do any combat time?

Keep Focused

I celebrate the enthusiasm that young people are now showing for our country.

I just want everyone to to set a few priorities in their life:

- Value educatuion
- become self-reliant ( legally)
- stop having kids outside a committed relationship of a man and women.
- de-value illegal drugs.

As a society I hope we can find a way to get back to the basics. Perhaps Obama can help people feel good about being self-reliant.

Anonymous

Warren G. Harding was our first "black" president. If you are a student of history you will know that his family was just as black as Obama's. You can spin Obama however you want, but he barely passes the brown paper bag test.

Do not get me wrong, I am not anti-Obama and I "hope" he can do everything he says he can. I just hate to see so many Americans ignorant of history.

Gulliver

THIS IS TO HISTORY PhD. Do you really have a PhD in history? You would be a great asset in terms of helping to create a better informed citizenry, which is the first order of business for the sake of understanding our nation -- where we have been and where we are going. Would you like to discuss this idea further? -- Sue

THIS IS TO RESUE asking if me or my significant other ever did combat time. No. neither one. In my 20's I was a member of the Army national guard. All peace time. -- Sue

Anonymous

The reason my question was asked is this, those who have had an active part in history (being there) find it funny how things get purified at times for public consumption. Back to Barrack. I was a child when JFK was elected. Vividly remember the extreme sadness upon his death. Current things abound with Barrack. Enthusiasm, energy. It seems JFK like. Remember well the anger directed at JFK for his youth, & religion. Sadly with Barrack I heard it again. Can only hope we as a nation make sincere efforts to get our country turned around.

Buff

You peons here do not have a clue about anything. Unless you have been a member of MENSA, do not show your ignorance or stupidity here.

Rick Studer

To Butt:

Actually, I was a member of MENSA. I dropped out when I realized I was paying dues for the privilege of meeting weird chicks.

And speaking of cognitive thinking, your sentence, “Unless you have been a member of MENSA, do not show your ignorance or stupidity here. " implies that if you “are” in MENSA you “can” show your ignorance and stupidity here, which of course is diametrically opposed to the purpose of MENSA. Therefore, your own statement is ignorant and stupid, and based on your own stated hypothesis you have eliminated yourself from posting here. So please, follow your own rules Buffy.

Anonymous

'Chicks'?

Even supposedly former MENSA members can show themselves to be knuckle draggers.

Go back to finishing off that six-pack dinner Rick. Burb.

Rick Studer

Thanks Jeff, glad the Democrats left you with the funds to turn on your Internet again.

Mick

Praise the Lord, registration is upon us! Thank you Ms. Daugherty!

cm.sandusky

It's a "slobbering love affair". I do NOT wish Obama to fail as a president..I DO wish Obama to fail on left wing policies.
Sure, electing our first "black" president is a great day for history. Many people never thought this day would come...
I get that people are consumed with "HOPE", or the fact that this president comes across as very intelligent and full of energy.
But, he is not a "hollywood star" he is in charge of US...
He will take our country in a new direction...A bigger goverment, socialistic ideas...he's exactly what liberals been wishing for.."their mouth piece"...and "good" he is.

Rick Studer

To CM: I appreciate your comments and understand your concerns. Curious, do you have an Eastern European background? I was wondering if your hatred of the left is rooted in firsthand experience with the communist. I’m sure Obama won’t setup a gulag.

To Jeff: Jeff, you incessantly refer to a drinking problem I don’t have. Listed below is an excerpt from my book that clearly shows I am a light drinker.

The waitress approaches the table and ask. “How are you folks doing tonight? Would you like a drink before your meal? Can I get you an appetizer from the menu?”

“Yes, what would you like to drink?” I ask Scrubby

“I’ll have the House Sangria with the fruit on the side.” Scrubby replies.

“I like the fruit on the side so I can put just the right amount in. Some of these places think they are doing you favor by loading up the fruit, its like drinking a can of “fruit cocktail”. I totally hate that! Know what I mean?” Scrubby whispers to me with a cute smirk.

“I’ll have a non-alcoholic Erdinger and why don’t you bring us a plate of grilled artichokes, if that’s ok with you.” I ask Scrubby as she nods and smiles.

I had better stay with non-alcoholic tonight. I don’t want to make a complete a$$ of myself with Del Rio’s wife. Besides, I think I’m still a little fueled up on Vandale’s ICE beer.

“So, have you ever eaten here at the Luna Café?” I ask Scrubby.

“Frank and I ate here a few times. They have a lot of good vegetarian food here. I’m not a full time vegan but try to eat as little meat as possible. Watching the old waistline…” Scrubby says with a little smile and tilt of the head.

“I think your waistline looks just fine!” I would say that even if it didn’t but Scrubby looks just fine.

Beside, I find a little “tummy” sexy anyway. It reminds me of pregnant women. I know it might be a little weird but I just love looking at a woman with child. They have a wonderful glow about them, engorged breast, expanding hips, a touch of awkwardness. It is all wonderful, yes, I like that little tummy, it’s a badge of honor, a reward of motherhood, natures welcome to the mothers club.

I suppose I should make a courtesy inquiry about the late great Frank Del Rio. “So how have you been getting along since Frank passed? I’m sure you miss him greatly. A Frank Del Rio is rare kind of man, what a loss.”

Scrubby pauses for reflection. “It’s tough, I miss Frank all the time. It’s especially hard when I think about how he died. One minute he’s standing on the edge of that cliff, arms spread wide, beaming smile, yelling “welcome to God’s green earth”, then the next moment he was gone.

The ground just disappeared, as if a trap door had opened, I couldn’t bring myself to look over the edge. When the rangers found him, they said he had a smile on his face. That was Frank, he even found something positive to smile about as he plunged 200 feet to his final…”

“Yes…that was Frank. I guess he carried that “cool, laid back San Diego vibe with him to the end.” I quietly mumble.

Scrubby sighs. “I’m sure he did…”