“The hand shake”
The Republican Party is so devoid of any new policy initiative, its leaders are left only with their usual insidious performance of trying to appeal to their most rightist base. The Republican Party is finding out that it is being shut out by the American people. The Republicans have nothing to offer. The venue they have chosen to pursue is where their expertise lie.
They are engaged in total fabrications and personal attacks. They call their ill-informed supporters to participate in “tax revolts”. They claim Obama has “drastically reduced” the defense budget, while he has actually increased it by four percent. Recently, all their leaders from Cheney to Gingrich are crestfallen because Obama “has damaged U.S. foreign policy” by shaking hands with Hugo Chavez.
What Obama is doing is extending America’s hand of friendship to the world. It is based on equality and fairness, as it should be. His detractors need to give it time, to see who is accepting or rejecting this extended hand. After all, we have seen in practice U.S. foreign policy based on arrogance. What the policy of arrogance has reaped us is the enmity of the majority of the world’s population. Wouldn’t it be wise to change a failed foreign policy?
The U.S. is blessed to have a leader like Obama at this particular time. Based on his unprecedented global popularity and brilliance, he might be the only one that can save America’s prestige.
As citizens, it is our undeniable, legitimate right to criticize and question the political leaders that we have elected. It must also be our responsibility as citizens to make a balanced and fair criticism void of hatred and emptiness.