Something occurred to me over the past several weeks. Why is the president allowed to campaign on our dime? I don't just mean Obama, but any president running for a second term. Why am I paying for them to campaign, especially when I disagree with everything they pretend to stand for? Our president should not be able to campaign for a second term. Their first term should speak for them.
If you have a great first four years and you accomplish a lot and you keep your promises, great! The people will remember that. But if your first term is an awful train wreck, if you quadruple our deficit, if you force policies down our throat, put our troops at risk even more than before and fail at pretty much everything you try, that's your own fault – and no amount of campaigning will change that.
It's not fair that we pay our president to campaign. He has so much more to think about. He needs to focus on the present because that's what should determine his future. No sense in worrying about tomorrow when today has enough worries of its own. Doesn't he have a budget to cut down? Didn't he insert us into Libya recently? Shouldn't he try to fix the mess he's made before he starts another one? He's furthered our dependence on foreign oil while attempting to improve his golf swing. Someone should tell him he can't take a mulligan on his first term.
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This no-campaign policy should also apply to significant others. You can stand by your man all you want, but Michelle is calling herself, "mom in chief." I get that she's all about helping children and being a mom first, but besides the occasional Nickelodeon spot and watching her blow our tax dollars in Hawaii and all over the world, I haven't seen much of her until now. There's something about her catch phrase that rubs me the wrong way. I don't like it when people use their children to further their corruption.
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Michelle said, "As I travel around this country, and look into the eyes of every single child I meet, I see what's at stake. I see it in the child whose mom has just lost her job and worries about how her family will pay the bills. I see it in the child whose dad has just been deployed and tries so hard to be brave for his younger siblings. I see it in the child stuck in a crumbling school, who looks around and wonders, 'What does this mean for my future?'"
Let's analyze. The mom is out of a job because Obama didn't keep his promise; the dad is deploying again because Obama didn't keep his promise; and the kid's school is crumbling because it was named after Obama. That actually happened, by the way. After being open for more than a century, a school in New Jersey renamed itself "Barack H. Obama Elementary," and in July it will close its doors permanently. I don't think it's a coincidence.
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I was thumbing through the book, "Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous with Destiny" the other day, and it really got me thinking. Our nation can be really great when we want it to be. Every page gave me hope and reminded me that we can turn things around in 2012. Even though I was born during Reagan's final year as president, I understand how important his role was in this country. He wasn't a politician; he was an American who wanted more for his country. That is the candidate we need. The only thing standing in our way is Obama, and I hate that we're paying him to do it.
My dose of honesty: Obama had his chance. We shouldn't pay him to campaign for another one. I said once and I'll say it again – failure has been his greatest accomplishment. The sooner we start realizing that as a country, the better off we'll be.