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I have never heard of Peter Lemiska until a friend forwarded me a commentary he wrote recently. It addresses the question of this country’s “love affair” with President Barack Obama. I’ve wondered that myself.
Peter Lemiska is a decorated military veteran, and former Senior Special Agent for the United States Secret Service. In his recent commentary titled, ” Love is Blind, in Life and in Politics” he queries about how in light of this country’s desperate economic situation, President Obama maintains relatively high poll numbers and popularity. Lemiska writes:
I’ve been disappointed with the President since Bill Clinton left office. I did NOT like the eight years of George W. Bush Jr., and the last four years have been a disaster. It seems that Washington just doesn’t learn. Both parties are responsible, but the President sets the agenda. Barack Obama was just not ready to be the leader of the free world.
First, he had only been a Senator for two years, and missed over half the votes taken during that time. Then it became evident that he had an agenda, (like they all do) and that agenda had nothing to do with my best interests. Claims of racism, the non-stop blaming of George Bush, party politics, and the ever declining economy indicated to me that he was in way over his head.
I ran a business for 18 years, and make no mistake, you can’t keep making excuses for your declining performance. I was responsible for many people, and they didn’t care about excuses. My customers didn’t want excuses either. They wanted results. We’ve given the last two Presidents a free pass and it’s destroying you and me. Look, when you’re done blaming everybody and everything, at the end of the day, the problem still exists, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
How much more of this can we take?
I have a lot of friends who I admire and respect greatly, and they’re “die-hard” Obama supporters, and I constantly ask myself, “what am I missing?” Just what IS it about the last four years that you want more of? Does Mitt Romney freak you out that bad? I’m really concerned that most people are voting because of “hate.” They hate the other guy. Just once, I would like to hear somebody tell me what they’re voting for. We know what you hate, now give me something I can chew on. What has he done that has made your life better?
This country is broke. It’s borders are non-existent. It’s healthcare is in shambles, and don’t get me started on the Middle East. We’re not getting better, it’s getting worse. You want four more years of that?
Let me ask you. If the company you work for is losing money, the working conditions are horrible, you haven’t had a raise in years, would you still want the same boss? Business is business. It’s not personal. But politics are different.
I continue to be amazed at how passionate people are about Mr. Obama. I want to be passionate about my President, but my country is not in very good shape, and while I think he has a lot of great qualities, I don’t want him in charge of making decisions that affect me and my family. The predicament is that I hear a lot of “haters” of Mitt Romney, and they’re motivated by fear.
Wow! Does any of that sound familiar?
I”m sick and tired of the “blame game.” I’m sick and tired of the “race card.” I’m sick and tired of people making excuses and I’m really scared about the “tone” of this country as a result.
I want to cheer for a guy like Barack Obama like so many of you do. He’s charismatic, engaging, dynamic, energetic. I want to be on that guy’s team. To feel the “love” that others feel.
I’m just afraid I’ll be too broke to care.
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster and media consultant based in Clarksville, Tennessee. His career includes stints at WKDA/WKDF and WKQB Rock 106FM, WLAC-AM in Nashville.
He concluded his career as owner/talk show host at WJZM-AM in Clarksville.
He has also performed stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs around the region, including Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, and The Comedy Catch in Chattanooga.
Currently the President of Bonehead Promotions, he’s an advertising consultant and media strategist.
An avid motorcyclist, Hank blogs about his travels exclusively at Clarksville Online.
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TopicsBarack Obama, Chris Matthews, Democratic National Convention, Garth Brooks, George W. Bush Jr., Hardball, James Taylor, Meredith Salenger, Mila Kunis, Mitt Romney, Peter Lemiska, Renew America
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