Dear Mr. President…

Dear Mr. President,

Now that the election is over and the American people have chosen you as our leader for the next four years, please don’t let us down.

President Obama during his speech in Iowa July 2012. (Photo by Cynthia Petersen)

For the past four years, we have stood behind you while others tried to discredit you. We had Hope that the economy would get better. We have had Faith in you. But we have been waiting for something to happen that would revitalize the country.

As close as the race was, maybe you should look at why so many people wanted Mitt Romney as their president.

I voted for you because I believed that you planted a seed in the past four years that would flourish in your next term. I voted for you because I could not imagine a country that did not let women choose what happens to their own bodies.  I did not want the gap to widen even more between the upper and lower classes. I could not fathom a nation where its leader does not have Faith in its people.

That’s why I voted for you; it’s because I believe you do have Faith in us.

You know what it’s like to have to live paycheck to paycheck, and how it feels to have to choose between medicine or food, or whether or not you can afford to go to the doctor when you’re sick.

You have seen the struggles of the American people and you genuinely care what happens to each and every one of us.

Most people who voted for Romney did so because they are tired of a lousy economy. They believed that Romney could get us out of debt because he has the reputation of being a shrewd man.  He has the business-sense; he just doesn’t have the empathy and compassion you have.

You said in your acceptance speech that you would meet with Romney and talk about how to get the country back on track.

I think that’s an excellent idea.

Congratulations on your victory, Mr. President. Please don’t let us down.

State of the Union Address not what it used to be

According to Reuters, approximately 38 million Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on TV Tuesday night. That number was down from his previous address in 2010, when 43 million watched.

Maybe less people are watching because they aren’t interested in what he has to say, or maybe they had better things to do. But I really think that the reason they didn’t watch is because many Americans have lost faith in their government.

No doubt many are convinced that all politicians are conniving hypocrites who have their own agenda, so why bother listening to yet another boring dialogue that won’t matter a week from now?

Politicians have acquired a bad reputation, and even our own president doesn’t get the respect he deserves. But it’s because there are so many bad eggs in our government that everyone else gets stereotyped and Americans don’t trust them.

I listened to the president’s speech with guarded enthusiasm, as he highlighted what he wanted to do with what’s left of his term (assuming he loses the next election).

According to Paul Kane of the Washington Post, Obama commented, “Most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year.” And maybe nothing will but has anything really gotten done since he’s been in office?

Don’t get me wrong. I like the guy. He has very good intentions but someone always gets in his way. Of course, there are going to be people who don’t agree with his policies, but that’s why we need to work together to come up with a solution, not fight with each other every chance we get.

Is anyone really surprised that Obama hasn’t been able to get anything done?

Speaker of the House John Boehner sat behind the president with a scowl etched on his face and didn’t show any kind of emotion when the president talked about how we can work together to make things happen. He was probably already plotting how he could railroad the president’s plans while he spoke.

And, according to an article by Chris Moody, Republicans were reeling from Obama’s suggestion that states ban kids from dropping out of high school. The Republicans said that Obama had no right to tell those kids what they could or couldn’t do.

“That’s none of his business!” said Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee while speaking to reporters after the speech. “He’s not a principal! He’s not a public school teacher! He’s not a governor, he’s not a mayor. These are matters for state and local government.”


What’s wrong with wanting to give our kids a little tough love?

Everyone has their opinions, and I respect that. But I think that some people just like to fight.

I think the president really wants to do the right thing, but no one has given him the chance. Four years later and we’re no further than we were when he was voted in.

I still say that it’s not all his fault. After all, he is only one man.

Too good to be true

Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution. The Governor of Texas announced his candidacy for president a few weeks ago, going up against Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and many others.

When Perry was first introduced as a candidate, the media painted a pretty picture of a God-Loving, charismatic man who wanted to do something good for our great country. But once again, it is too good to be true.

Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution. I think it takes a lot of guts to even suggest something that drastic. And maybe it should be looked at, but is it really a smart way to start a campaign for the presidency of the United States?

If we look at the article that this statement appears in, we can see that some of the changes are drastic. According to Chris Moody, Perry not only wants to abolish taxes and limit terms and power to judges, he also wants to make abortion and gay marriage illegal in all 50 states.

A bit extreme?

Many people think so. Comments from this article range from agreeing with him to calling his an idiot and a hypocrite. One even person pointed out that those things he is now against he once voted on to keep.

Yes, I admit that when he first came into the spotlight there was hope that maybe this man could do wonders for our country, but I have since changed my mind. I don’t want someone as my president who is so extreme and closed-minded that he wouldn’t listen to what the people want. He is doing what so many other candidates are doing; only thinking of himself and how he thinks the country should be run. Has anyone even asked us, the people of the United States?

I think we really need to look at the backgrounds of all the candidates and see who is really for us, the people. A good website for this is at

Let’s be intelligent when we pick our next president. The future of our country depends on it.