I am always amazed that someone as young as me can have so many grandchildren to be proud of. At last count I have 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. I am proud of each of them for a variety of reasons.
Today, in talking to my oldest grandchild – Josh – I told him how much I missed his grandfather, particularly during this voting season. Bob was an activist and very involved in all political functions. Josh blew me away when he told me that, “Grandpa is living through me. I am doing what I know he would do, and am actively working on Obama’s reelection.”
He sent me an article that I would like to share with you, because Josh, at the age of 28, is becoming aware of the strength and failure of politicians today. In his own words:
When America made me proud.
Near the end of George W. Bush’s 2nd term I became a “Proud American”. I felt the passion that our ancestors must have felt when they learned of a country where their vote counted. People were talking politics everywhere, Republican and Democrat. Some felt we needed a massive spending freeze; the others felt investing money into social programs would save us. Both sides had a plan; most voters knew about it; talked about it, but, most importantly, listened to the other side as well. I am proud of any Americans who say what they believe, and are ready to stand up to defend their beliefs with the knowledge that built them.
But during this presidency, things were different. I am, sadly, not as proud of America as I was before. The right has continued to paint an all-negative picture of this President and economy, setting dramatically different standards than before. When confronted, the right has only criticized, with no positive suggestions. Several criticisms are blatantly false, which are impossible to defend with knowledge, because they are usually created out of emotion (fear, hate, or even faith).
I am assuming that the left disagrees with these criticisms, but for the most part, they let it go… There are not enough vocal people on the left. I am outraged with the propaganda! I feel it is un-American, and a direct attack on our democracy. If we are tricked into voting against programs we know work and side with tax cuts we disagree with, our vote is not OUR VOTE.
So, all I ask is that we educate ourselves before voting and compassionately challenge any voter that is voting based on emotion. We should provide them with facts to help their vote be THEIR VOTE. That will again, make me a proud American.”
Well said, Josh.