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Is Anybody in Washington Listening?

Updated on June 6, 2015
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Barack Obama, candidate for President of the United States, and Walter Lee Younger, the protagonist in A Raisin in the Sun, both moved beyond the South Side of Chicago to prove the true value of family, the power of dreams, and the importance of overcoming racial discrimination. This President’s unprecedented quest for the Oval Office launched a new era in America’s history.

Beyond the historical significance, voters in 2008 expressed a grassroots desire for changes in the political landscape. Two years later in 2010, ballot boxes reemphasized the public’s dissatisfaction with a broken political system that fails to meet the expectations of the electorate. Although President Obama has not delivered all of the improvements he promised, no one can say he did not try. In the wake of the Patriot Act of 2001 and the menacing language in the Annual Defense Appropriations Act for 2012, many Americans fear they may be running out of time.

In this year’s Presidential election, with voices muffled by the supreme court’s Citizens United ruling, voters are expected to make another attempt to induce changes in a government blatantly mismanaged by two parties that ignore their own constituencies. Americans know millions of people can not afford health care and they want that to change. They yearn for a leader who will harness big business and will keep corporate moguls from just taking from society without giving a little back. They need the jobs sent overseas to come home again. They can see the wisdom in balanced federal budgets that do not add more indebtedness. This country would like to restore the credit rating that Congress sacrificed on the altar of political partisanship. They want a government that will lower the national debt without placing the entire burden on the middle class. They believe those few who created the economic collapse, benefited from all the recovery programs, and suffered the least from the meltdown should contribute a little more toward restoring the nation's former economic health.

Will anyone listen to the voice of the people this time? Not if the existing establishment has its way.




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  • Quilligrapher profile imageAUTHOR

    Quilligrapher 

    3 years ago from New York

    There is nothing to explain, Mr. Graham. As you probably know, our Constitution does not require the father of ANY President to be a U.S. Citizen.

    Q.

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    Gunny Cracker 

    3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

    Perhaps one of you liberal brainiacs can explain why Obama is the ONLY U.S. president born since the ratification of our Constitution whose father was never an American.

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    Quilligrapher 

    3 years ago from New York

    How nice of you, Mr. Graham, to stop by my hub and to leave a comment. I truly appreciate your contribution to this discussion which is limited to how responsive the government is to the people.

    I am sure that your life has great value and it is worth much more than your very personal definition of a natural-born citizen, which, as you know, has no value under the law.

    Constitutional and Congressional law have both defined a “natural-born citizen” as a person who is born under the jurisdiction of the United States with no need to go through naturalization proceedings. This includes persons who become citizens at birth based on the U. S. citizenship of one or both parents as is the case with President Obama. Unfortunately, you do not get to define who is or who is not a citizen, but you do get to live by the legally accepted definition just like the rest of us.

    Welcome to Hubpages, Mr. Graham. I am looking forward to reading your first hub. Good luck. Q.

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    Gunny Cracker 

    3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

    The only conclusion I can come to reference the Obama phenomena is that HE IS THE ANTICHRIST & Pope Francis is his False Prophet. This goofy pope was born 100% Italian to Italian parents in Argentina. Obama could not possibly be a "natural-born" citizen simply because his named and legal father was never an American. Obama was born a Brit in Kenya and later adopted in Indonesia. The Hawaiian Birth Certificate is forged and his Social Security number stolen. Martial-law is coming to Amerika this year.

    If it turns out I am somehow wrong about this my life was for nothing. If I am right we'd better get ready to rumble and meet our maker.

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    Wizard Of Whimsy 

    6 years ago from The Sapphire City

    On the contrary, Quill, I see them as nit kind but accurate.

    And apologies for the typo that should have be . . ."accepting people for exactly who they are." . . . or should that be "whom?" ;-)

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    Quilligrapher 

    6 years ago from New York

    Your words, Wiz, are extremely kind. I thank you.

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    Wizard Of Whimsy 

    6 years ago from The Sapphire City

    Quill, your are a joy to read and your patience, tolerance and comity is always an inspirational benchmark for how far I have to travel in accepting people for who exactly who they are.

    "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." always comes to my mind when I read your kind rebuttals to bigoted and intolerant fools. Dance your dance and I will always applaud!

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    Quilligrapher 

    6 years ago from New York

    I agree, Terri, Washington may not be interested in what we want but they are extremely interested in having what each of us has: a vote. Since the Congress has more power than the President does, focusing on congressional races is our only hope for change and every ballot for a congressional incumbent is a vote against change. Furthermore, the rules prevent total reform in just one election cycle, so it will take years to clean out both houses of Congress. I plan to start this November.

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    Terri Meredith 

    6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I live in Pennsylvania. What they're doing to voters is a true measure of their inability to lead the people where we want to go. No one is listening because I don't think they're interested in what we want.

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    Leslie McCowen 

    6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    It was the Democrats in 07 who cut the student loan rate to 3%, put in financial regs, ended the right-wing monopoly on the PUBLIC airwaves, restored CHIP, got the ACA--watered down as it is--in, and passed a stimulus for we the people--watered down as that was too--

    They get it. They are being hampered by people who are sabotaging the US gvt. Vote Dem, that's my solution.

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    Howard Schneider 

    6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Excellent Hub, Quillographer. Will the Democrats be able to get their message out over this flood of GOP PAC money in the wake of Citizens United? The Supreme Court consciously tilted the playing field in their favor. Now in the wake of 2010, the GOP passed restrictive voting laws in the states they now control. Maybe the people will not be heard. President Obama should be given a chance to finish his reforms in a second term.

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