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The message of hope

Updated on November 10, 2012

Change doesn't come without the people's involvement

Presidents don’t change countries folks, that has never happen nor will it ever occur. A president must have the people on his side to carry out his actions. Those who carried out actions without the people’s approval were never president, but instead dictators.

Presidents can only serve as an enforcer to public demands, making certain that the citizen wishes are achieved. But as far as change is concern, it is only the people of a country that can redirect the countries course of actions. If you were taught that a president can change a country in school, you were lied to.

Since a president secret weapon is his cabinet members then the secret of his cabinet can also be used as a deterrent to alter his dedication for change. For that reason, a president must always choose his cabinet members carefully. Lately we’ve seen many citizens, professionals and regular folks who is opposed of the president’s choice of his cabinet members.

Some have shared concern with elected chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, others seems to ponder more on proposed secretary of defense Robert Gates. Mr. Gates served as director of central intelligence under George W. Bush. Now, looking at Mr. Gates resume it’s no doubt that his experience speak for itself, but somehow the people still show concern to the point were they even demand an explanation.

Who denounced the thief caught him but in this case Mr. Gates may not have been the thief. In the game of politics there are many players, some play offense others play defense, in other to know who played which position; you would have had to been watching the game. I’m not sure who president elect Barack Obama will select as the secretary of defense, but if it’s Mr. Gates I wont be that surprise.

They are rumors that Mr. Gates was only playing defense as the secretary of defense under George W. Bush, but how true is that I don’t know. However though, they are some who would disagree with that notion. They would say to you that the apples don’t fall to far from the tree. Meaning sense Mr. Gates served under George W. Bush, what are the chances that he’ll behave differently.

Well, we know that Colin Powell served under George W. Bush but that didn’t make him similar but I guest we should remembered that he also resigned. Nonetheless, Mr. Gates do have lots of information in his possession, information that may not yet known to President Obama and members of his cabinet to be.

I believe this is something that should also be taking in consideration. Well then, would it be advisable to let a man like that roaming the street or should he gain a position in the Obama’s team. This is a decision that determines serious thought; I can imagine why Mr. Obama hasn’t made up his mind yet.

In the world of intelligence they are many secrets that are kept from the public. In a sense the public can only judge from what they know, which is not much, something us the public should keep in mind. I understand my peoples concern but in this case I think it’s advisable to leave the selection process in the hands of the president elect. Since we elected him, if we truly believe that he’s willing to command in good faith, we the people should also give his choice of selection the benefit of the doubt.

Everyone is subject to make mistakes. Mistakes are that which we learn from, what is worst than mistakes is not learning from it. The former secretary of state, Colin Powell did just that, he learned from his mistakes. It’s only when a man is faced with temptation can you truly know his faith.

Why is it then that he resigned after convincing America that they were potential weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. Some would say that it was him that sold the war to us. If he truly believe that the Iraq case was a conflict that could have been resolved by U.S forces, why didn’t he continue serving his country as the secretary of state under George W. Bush Jr? It seems to me that they must have been some sort of disagreement between the secretary and some members of the Bush cabinet.

If a man showed resistance at a time where resistance seems unjustified, that should count for something. It is no different than Barack Obama who opposed the war at a time where it seems unpatriotic to do so. They did what most of us were afraid to do. Those two men have two things in common, determination and courage. They have determination for opposing the popular view and courage for keeping their heads up doing it. They obviously belong with each other, I definitely hope that president elect Barack Obama makes General Colin Powell part of the team.

As citizens, we should never under estimate our power to make a difference. It is only when we choose not to participate that the reverse of progress is possible. It doesn’t matter what your status is in this world or how little you know about our government, your participation is necessary. When faced with dishonesty where our constitutions have been violated, it becomes our civic duty as Americans to make certain that those who disobey our laws are brought to justice.

Our participation to make our voice heard should never depend on a single particular leader. A military battalion consists of many heads divided to command different companies; each head can only be identified by members of that company. The enemy is confuse as to who is in charge and therefore unable to capture the leader among the army.

We the people should act as an Army, divides the leadership into subgroups, disguised the focus speakers by having other speaker deliver speeches on their behalf. Have independent radio networks educated the public, know what’s going on within our government.

Communicate with our commander in chief, sign petitions, and inquire about policy change. These are some of the things we should do if we truly want change. Having a president in office that we approve of is good but that alone won’t solve the problem, we need everyone to get involve on all aspect of politic and make our voices heard.

What does Barack Obama's "change" mean?


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      9 years ago


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      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      I like your call for action, or at least for awareness and responsibility.

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      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      Think you Riter

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      C. C. Riter 

      10 years ago

      Oh wise one. great job.

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      James Dubreze 

      10 years ago from New York, New York

      I'm only trying but thanks for the complement I appreciate it

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      10 years ago from

      You are obviously an intelligent individual. The views expressed here are great and right on target. I am not very political, but I have to agree with you on the point that we, as a people, have to stand by our president. He cannot do anything alone, and we cannot elect this man to be our president and then question his every decision. He has to be allowed to do the job that we elected him to do.


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      James Dubreze 

      10 years ago from New York, New York

      Yes indeed the Internet not only bond us it educates us. It is more than a great source of communication. The Internet are our ultimate resources, it keeps us grounded, it reminds us that we're are not alone in our ideas. While the INTERNET revealed openly racial discrimination, it brings harmony between us by counter play racial discrimination through common ground relationships between the races. It brings out the best and yet the worst of us. We must not allowed it to be restricted, the Internet should be free to everyone without any limitation. I would also add that independent radio stations like WBAI that are sponsored by the people are also great source of information. It eliminate interest groups from the information process and allows journalist the opportunity to do their jobs freely.

      Regarding my analogy ...thanks. After all my prediction did come true ..Mr. Gate is now secretary of defense. Don't get me wrong ...I'm no expert just common sense analogy. At times you must look at thing in four dimensions. If you believed that there's only three dimensions, it's possible that you can easily be fool because they could be more dimensions than we know in that sense it helps to open the mind for other possibilities. OneLove

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      denise mohan 

      10 years ago from California

      well thought out and I like your offense, defens analogy. We need to keep this conversation going and the internet is going to be the bond for the people. They cannot keep information from us anymore but we have to be open-minded and read between the lines. Good hub Cool...


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