The end of the effort.

A bride is standing at the door to step into the chapel to be married, and she says to her mother “Oh, Mom!  This is so wonderful!  I’m at the end of all my troubles!” Her mother says “Yes, dear, but not at the end you think.”

Something I have been concerned about in the massive upswell of support for the candidacy of President-elect Obama, it has been that the expectations for what he will do have been set quite high.  His repeated slogans have been about change, and about “Yes, we can,” and it has been less than clear to me that his supporters have understood how much of the work of making that change falls to them to accomplish.  I have seen a number of people saying “Yes, we did,” which sounds a lot like they think the election of Sen. Obama  is the accomplishment.  Sen. Obama disagrees with this notion in his victory speech.  Quoting from it:

This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.

It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

This is the beginning of the Obama change.  His claims and promises have been very ambitious, and will require an immense amount of work over a long period of time from a very large number of people to even make them likely, to say nothing of actually making them happen.  The work of electing a presidential candidate is a small fraction of what the new challenge demands. 

So if you think your work to support Pres. Obama’s change is at its end, I can assure you that it is. 

But not the end you think.  The real work hasn’t even begun yet.

8 thoughts on “The end of the effort.

  1. *nods* Even though I’m a Democrat, I’m still amazed at the way people are giving Obama almost God like attributes. I don’t think a lot of them are thinking about how there are constraints that will limit what he’s able to do. And I also don’t think they’re realizing that he’s got a WHOLE lot of decisions to make, some of which will be unpopular because sometimes in order to achieve one thing, you have to do something else first.

  2. “Yes, we did” means we VOTED. Everyone *I* know looks at this as a new beginning, not an ending. Obama’s election is a victory in itself, one that deserves recognition and congratulations.

    People are excited because this signals a departure from politics as usual, and opens the door to new ideas and fresh approaches. It’s not that he or any other one person is going to “fix” everything…

    The underlying implication in what you’re writing here is yet another twist on “If people don’t vote/believe the way I do, then they must be stupid, or believe in something that’s not possible.”

    What you’ve written here is a crap cake with a little bit of icing on it in an attempt to make it palatable. Then again, it’s a lot less bitter and whiny than 2 other republicans on my list, so I guess I should be “thankful” for that.

    One implied the only way Obama could have won was that he cheated. *rolls eyes* Or that Obama isn’t a citizen. And half a dozen other totally BS rumors and lies, that have been disproved over and over again…and yet those were the only straws he had to grasp on.

    You’ve just found a nicer looking straw, but a straw none the less.

  3. Sorry, but you don’t get to speak for every Obama voter. That’s not how this works. “Yes, we did” most likely means “Yes, we elected him,” but it remains to be shown that that’s what everybody who said it meant. My post here was based in the concern that some of his supporters think their work is done. If you clearly aren’t one of the people I was talking about, then you’re not who I was talking about. If you want to be offended, rock and roll, but that’s not in my control.

    Now, I might be totally wrong and 100% of the people who voted for him are ready to buckle down and work like they’ve never worked before to do things differently and make different things happened, through easy times and hard, from now on forever. You’ve not provided any evidence that this is the case. You’ve just gotten mad at the idea that it just might not be. Time will tell.

    You’ve missed the implication, and you will not be able to support for your inference in anything you can find that I’ve ever said. My journal is your oyster to prove your case. I do not think that disagreement with me makes anybody stupid or evil, and have been very loud in criticizing that attitude for a very long time.

    My point here has been that the agenda that’s been set out is very, very difficult, and I want to make sure that those who think that their work is done in bringing that agenda forth understand that President-elect Obama doesn’t think so. And I should note that this applies to his supporters who are members of Congress which comprise majorities in both houses. Keeping his promise of the end of partisanship will be their job as much as his if they are not to cut his promises off at the knees. This will be a major, major challenge.

    If you can point to the part of that that’s crap, be my guest.

  4. He sure thinks so. Shortly before the part of the speech I quoted, he said:

    There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

    This wasn’t just humility — it was reality.

  5. “Yes, we did” most likely means “Yes, we elected him,”

    Oh, I see. YOU get to speak for every Obama voter.

    Sorry, my mistake.

    Sorry, but you don’t get to speak for every Obama voter. That’s not how this works.

    I was pretty clear in my wording: “Everyone *I* know sees this as a beginning…..” There’s no room for misunderstanding my meaning there.

  6. This is getting into word-game territory, and I’m not going to play that.

    I clearly wasn’t talking about you. It remains to be established if the type of Obama supporter I’m talking about is to be found among the people you associate with. If every Obama supporter you know is ready to work harder than they have to make the changes he’s talking about happen, then good for them.

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