Political debate usually occurs where people congregate – even if it’s only virtual. The following is an exchange between two high school friends that I witnessed today on Facebook. I reposted it here, using initials so they are anonymous. Those who know me will know which side of the issue I fall on and to which of these two men I may or may not be married.
SP: For you Obama haters out there.
The Fisher House Foundation will receive $250,000 from President Obama, who is donating to charities the $1.4 million award that came with his Nobel peace prize, the White House announced March 11.
MP: I applaud him for donating the money from an award he didn’t earn.
SP: True… He even said so himself. However I ‘d be willing to bet that had it been anyone else, he or she wouldn’t be donating the whole amount.
MP: Only Obama has the conviction to do the right thing with money he didn’t earn?
SP: Do you dislike Obama so much that when he does something selfless you can’t applaude him without a backhanded insult? What I’m saying is he didn’t put himself in for the award, so why blame him for winning it? Second, he has every right to keep it for himself and ensure his children’s future but he doesn’t. And third, he does have the conviction to do the right thing and if in this instance he is doing the right thing, why can’t you believe he’s doing what he believes is the right thing for the nation without attacking him at every opportunity? Considering the fact that he won the election, it’s been shown the majority of Americans believe he has the best interest of the nation at heart. Sorry for being so long winded. But I am willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt.
MP: I think we can all agree the Nobel prize was a political gift not based on any body of work because there wasn’t one. It cheapens the award for those who did do the work. I really don’t know why they decided to give it to him. Remember, I am a conservative and not necessarily a Republican. I follow conservative principles. I am not foolish enough to believe that there won’t be some give and take from one side of the isle to the other and I’m okay with that. I’m not unbending. Obama is a progressive and that means we are polar opposites. I will not support his agenda because of his progressive ideals. He has thrown away enormous popularity because of his unbending stance on the issues even when America consistently polls they don’t want some of these issues. Take a page from the 94 Clinton play book and move to the center and get things done. I don’t want him for 2 terms but I think he could make it if he reversed course. It will be his fault if he leaves office with a less than stellar legacy. And that is really what this is about. Not America, not healthcare. Just winning the election doesn’t buy you a full term of support. You have to earn it.
“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. That’s just one point above the all-time low”
Don’t tell me that the majority support him. They don’t.