President Obama Vows To Use Remainder Of Term Fighting Inequality


President Obama delivered a passionate and heartfelt speech regarding inequality in the United States.  It was the President at his best.  In the speech he said, many things such as the following, “We, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.” And, “We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.” Finally, “Every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.” No one could possibly argue that a college education should not be available to any citizen that seeks the dream of higher education.  The problem with this President however, has been the eloquence of his words far out shine the action of what he speaks. Obamacare was a noble cause but now we are realizing there are major issues with its implementation.  Over the years I have been the unfortunate spectator of those who call themselves motivational speakers.  President Obama is a motivational speaker but let me be clear, there is only one Bill Gates, only one Steven Spielberg and only one Barack Obama.  Words mean nothing when it comes to the implementation of action for those who are not as capable.  Unfortunately, part of the problem in this country that the President failed to address is that inequality is also based on the individual.  He draws the incorrect conclusion that people will take advantage of opportunity if given that option.  That is simply not so.  This generation is the laziest and least driven group in the history of our country.  Perhaps it’s because they haven’t; had to strive.  Everyone, from the richest to the poorest has a cellphone, a microwave oven and even a flat screen TV.  Simply giving people high paying jobs without the drive, won’t help productivity.  The President has been in office for 4 1/2 years and has done no more to help those in poverty than his predecessor.  The President said in his speech that, “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”  But so often it’s not the opportunity but the family that brings her in to the world that’s the problem.  Everyone knows how to make babies.  It’s the simplest thing we do as human beings and requires no intelligence whatsoever.  More often that not, children born in to poverty are unplanned and/or unwanted.  That’s simply a fact.  For the President’s speech to have any merit, he would have needed to address those people by saying you also have a responsibility.  We can provide the forum but you must take advantage of it.  Where is that accountability?  So while the president’s words do have merit, they only explain one side of a two-sided coin.  If he is to be successful in the time left he has in office he must deal with the realities and not simply place blame on the conservatives.  It’s all our problems but the only way to fix them, is to first acknowledge them.  Then perhaps he and this country, will at last head in the right direction.

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