That's the title of an article by Anna Quindlen in Newsweek that keeps haunting me.
She says: "Obama supporters who abandoned the Democrats in Massachusetts showed that 41 percent of those who opposed the Health Care plan weren't sure exactly why. If elected officials are supposed to act based on the wisdom of ordinary people, they're going to need ordinary people to be wiser than that."
Quindlen lays out the reasons why Obama should keep going for the changes --the yes we can that fired up his campaign, and what he's attempted to do during his first year in the White House. She ends her article strongly with -- "A wise man said 'Telling the American people what we think they want to hear, instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won't do.' That man was Barack Obama, and that attitude is one reason he got elected. He should stick to that position, and the American people should embrace it."
That's what I feel, and have said in quite a few posts. Because of who and what Obama is, we cleaved to him instinctively, trusted him, and chose him to lead us.
Stick with him! He's our Pied Piper. Follow him. The other stuff you're hearing is noise.
It's not a child-like belief. My experience, in going for something and getting it -- taught me to hold on tight to what I believe in. Even when the goal looks as if it won't work or it can't happen, hold on tight.
My reasons for supporting Obama have to do with why my support of Obama grew during the campaign, as well as what I've observed during this past year. Though the Health Care bill hasn't happened, and the Stimulus Package isn't working out the way he planned, Obama has not failed -- he's moving ahead, and changing his tactics.
Fretting, second-guessing the White House, fastening onto the aspects of Health Care and the Stimulus that are being attacked -- wondering "Gee, maybe the President's done the wrong thing -- maybe Obama should have done this or that," is making it harder for him to do the job the country needs him to do.
We chose him. We elected him. Now is the time to hold on to why we elected him, and support what he's doing, with the power he gave us with yes we can!