President Obama finds himself in the center of a political storm that is wreaking havoc on this country and its society. Nothing of substance is getting done, problems are not being solved and millions of Americans, instead of living the American dream, are living in a state of misery and hopelessness.
We all are sick and tired of hearing that this government is dysfunctional, that it is caught up in a state of gridlock; one in which the use of congressional filibusters is rampant and obstruction of legislation is the name of the game being played by Republicans. Yes we have heard that time and again; but what Americans want to know is when something really positive and meaningful is going to be done about it? Who and what will get these totally corrupted politicians off their butts and do their jobs?
There's a ton of blame to go around and, in my view, there is no question that the pathetic Republican obstructionists are responsible for the largest share of this gridlock. But the Democrats must also share the blame for letting this situation continue to fester because of their often spineless and cowardly behavior. And there is no doubt but that President Obama has also been a major contributor to this nation's ongoing political crisis because of his own policies and actions, or lack of them.
O.K. so it's a terrible dilemma for America but how exactly are we going to get out of this mess? We know that we have a president who isn't much of a fighter and readily backs down when confronted by Republican obstructionists. Americans want a fearless, courageous president who will relentlessly attack this nation's many problems but that's just not who he is.
The question is if he, with less than three years remaining in office, can somehow turn his presidency from one of a defensive nature into one that takes the offense and gets positive things done? To do that he would have to shift his energy level and performance into high gear by taking swift and strong actions to do what was right for this country regardless of the reaction and opposition he might receive from those who are working to bring about his destruction. He needs to finally stand up and fight for what's right. But how to do it?
He would have to follow the example of Theodore Roosevelt: a human dynamo, driven to be the best at anything he did, fearless, courageous and totally dedicated to his country.
He would have to strive to be like John F. Kennedy, a truly inspirational leader who commanded the respect and the admiration of the American people.
He would need to emulate Lyndon Johnson: an unrelenting, very clever politician who would not stop until he accomplished what he set out to do.