Congratulations to President Barack Obama. He gave a great victory speech because he exuded hopefulness and he embraced inclusivity. Amongst many great lines, my favorite line was: “…together we rise and fall as one nation, and as one people”. Obama truly understands that the greatness of a nation is the sum of its people, not just one cross-section of America. I am proud of President Obama for this understanding. (From listening to some Republican candidates, many still to need to grasp this principal of nation-building and come to the realization that the nation has changed).
Obama is humble because he knows where he came from. I can relate to humble beginnings because I am child of immigrant parents to Canada. I may not agree with some of Obama’s social policies, but I, like many, are not absolutely conservative on all social issues either, and I do agree with some of his policies too.
Obama is also a man who loves God and nation–necessities of a good national leader. I do not relate with the rhetoric of my fellow conservatives who falsely accuse Obama of being a Muslim, unAmerican, and a socialist (neither do I understand it when liberals falsely accuse Romney of some things too). Come on, let’s get real here. That’s just pure ignorant hogwash and gives us a bad name. Mitt Romney resonates with many Americans. The economy and jobs were big issues for many Americans. Whether liberals like it or not, Romney also would have made a good president. I am confident that Romney also would have done a great job if he was elected. (If I were an American, I might consider myself an Independent; but I’m very proud to be Canadian, proud of my great country, and of my Prime Minister).
In 2012, the economy was the most important issue for all Americans. And yes, the national debt is still ballooning, and unemployment is still very high. However, this election did not seem to turn only on the state of the economy. Rather, it likely also turned on social issues. Like it or not, people blame the poor economy on George W. Bush, not Obama.
Americans voted with their hearts. Despite the jobless numbers, there are many who still like Obama. They may not like the current state of the economy, but they do like what he stands for. Obama knows how to embrace all people and understands their challenges. I did not hear this in the rhetoric of Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney focused solely on the economy and jobs in his campaign. Perhaps this was his campaign’s mistake. Did Romney speak out enough on abortion and other issues conservatives are concerned about?
The majority of Americans wanted to give Obama another chance, even though the economy isn’t so great. In my opinion, people did not vote purely for economic change, but also for social change. Social issues was a big factor, especially on gender equality issues and health care. There was an 18% margin in the women’s vote. The House now has a record number of women (all Democratic). ObamaCare, as divisive as it has been, will give new health care to millions more people who never had it before. This will be a good thing for the future of the nation, but it will cost a lot of money. Better health care for all people has now become a part of nation-building, and the majority of the American people have agreed to this. Kudos to my American friends.