In these troubled times, Obama needs our support

America is facing a myriad of challenges. Whether we voted for the President or not, he deserves our support.  Photo: President Obama / AP Images

FLORIDA, January 21, 2013 — Regardless of where one’s views might fall on the political spectrum, it ought to be clear that America is facing some tremendous challenges right now.

Our nation’s economy, while showing marginal signs of improvement, continues to circle the drain. Gun violence is driving a debate of epic proportions over what it should mean to legally own a firearm. New threats to our national security seem to present themselves at every turn. The environment has no shortage of pressing concerns that have been ignored for far too long.

Needless to say, all of this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

President Obama will need the support of far more than the Democratic National Committee or his party’s congressional caucus over the next several years. If any of us seriously aspire to build a more civil society, then it is imperative that ideological labels be pushed aside and new coalitions formed to find the solutions so direly needed.  

America has always been a country in transition. Said transition has picked up speed over the last half-century, however. In the last decade alone, we have gone from being a nation whose center-left presidential candidates stood against gay marriage to, well, Obama’s Inaugural Address earlier today.

Like it or not, the times are changing. Reason should guide us to adapt and move forward.

“Moving forward” ought to be more than a clever phrase used during campaign season, though. Globalization has caused economic competition the likes of which our forefathers could have never imagined. It appears that generational poverty is a growing phenomenon. A great deal of people are feeling pessimistic about life in general, let alone politics.

In short, our country has issues which are too complex for the sort of quick fix which many expect a candidate or partisan organization to provide. Living the American Dream requires more than showing up at the polls on election day. It requires that we build a brighter future by making the world around us a better place.

Even though I did not vote for Obama, I believe that he earnestly wants to make our nation the best it can be. Of course, he has is own ideas as to what the “best” is, but then again, so do each of us.

At the end of the day, what matters most is that we look up to the twilight sky and focus on the stars. This is particularly important as the alternative is lowering our heads in defeat and glaring at rocks scattered across the ground.

Agree with him or not, Obama deserves a good luck wish from all of us. As the age-old saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” As Americans, we are all in the same boat, even if some of us are staying on different levels. 

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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