As President Obama begins his second term in office it is becoming apparent his experiences from his first term will temper and refine how he deals with Republican members of Congress. As the President has shown his ability to learn from his office, we of both the Left and Right side of the political spectrum must also learn a more constructive form of debate and reasoning.
To begin, from a perspective of the majority of Americans who voted for and support the President, let me offer you of a differing opinion a bit of advice; Make sure if you want to propose that differing opinion you are able to provide cogent and verifiable evidence and information directly related to your arguments outside the second and third hand opinions most of you rely on. Spouting empty conservative rhetoric may make you and your like-minded friends’ content with your position, but to those of us who may see you as unrefined ignorance will never take your opinions seriously as long as you shout tired talking points. If you seriously think the President is trying to take your guns, for example, please be more concise and erudite in your claim. If you wish to convince us to abandon a very successful, intelligent, and probably (in our opinion) the best President we have ever had, you will need to provide more than the tantrum based arguments leveled against our President.
The media, by necessity of their format truncate and bloviate talking points on issues directed at an audience sympathetic to the editorialized direction their newscasts most often take, and along with the current iteration of the Republican Party has invented a presidential scenario so far removed from reality that the bridges burned the past four years in defense of such inventions has emasculated a once proud political party.
We the majority of voters have elected Barack Obama to serve as President of the United States not once, but twice, and by a very large margin. It is not necessary for us to defend the man we see evident at restoring our nation to prosperity. We see the kind, compassionate, caring man we voted for doing his best to comply with the mandates we elected him to promote. We also, of course, see his weaknesses. but we find such weaknesses acceptable in light of the progress of this administration, so being able to engage in your arguments you need to validate the image and scenario you have created against our President, but you must understand that the pointed issues you normally espouse are not common knowledge, but common rumor and designed constructs pieced together from news reports by conservative talk we on the left side of the political spectrum are only tangentially familiar with. We of the Liberal side would love to have the ability to properly argue your points, but you need to bring us up to speed on what exactly it is you are talking about.
Those of you on the Conservative side may certainly continue to berate the shadow president you have created in hopes of finding that it will be sufficient to sway future voters to Republican candidates, but you will probably find that the harsh slap of reality that occurred this last election will visit you once again.
Like any debate or discussion, you need to lay out the argument first before we can constructively debate the issue. You have a point and concern against our President. We want to know what that is, but the blanket, empty declarations Conservatives have offered so far may suffice for discussion within your conservative group, but is just not enough for a proper discussion with someone on the majority side of the equation. I must again remind you that we on the left have nothing to be defensive about. You have concerns we do not see, so in order to make your concerns known you have to make it clear to us. I certainly hope you have the ability to do that.