Alan Colmes, democratic analyst and radio talk show host, appeared on Fox News to discuss the meaning of the midterm election results and what he believes Obama should say in his speech at 1 PM today with regard to the newly elected congress. Colmes' opinion shows that he is as out of touch with true American sentiment as Obama himself, believing that what the people want to hear from the president is that he will continue to be a man of stubborn progress, and that he acknowledges that maybe he wasn't so good at communicating all the wonderful things he has actually done for the people of this country.
Colmes couldn't be more wrong. We don't want to hear more of Obama's condescending rhetoric. We didn't do what we did last night so that we could hear the President say "I heard you! I should have been better at making sure you knew the benefits of the pain I have caused you!". The reason we did what we did at the polls yesterday is because Obama is not fulfilling our basic need to be heard, and outright refuses to do so. The Republicans are being so warmly embraced because they are sincerely listening to us. Obama has not, and no amount of pre-written humility displayed in his post-election speech is going to take the place of being a sincere listener. Obama hasn't forgotten that his office is a privilege and an honor, and that he is a servant of all the nation; the man never knew it to begin with. In 2008 Obama fulfilled the stereotype of politicians, saying what he needed to in order to win the election. Because his message was what we wanted and needed to hear at the time, we put our faith in him and trusted that his words were true representations of his heart and mind. As his own fruits have borne out, his words were nothing more than ear candy for us, and he never had any intention of taking his direction from those who elected him.
And so last night we the people sent Obama a clear, undeniable message. We do not accept his supreme, condescending attitude; we do not accept or approve of his agenda for us; and we do not accept the results of the policies he has thus far enacted. We have neutered him, legislatively, in order to make our displeasure with his servitude clear. The million dollar question now is, will he hear us? Will Obama comprehend the true intent of the blatant house cleaning that took place last night? The Republicans heard us months ago and did an outstanding job of providing the feedback that assured us of this fact. We carefully accepted their humility and tried them daily, testing the sincerity of their words. They passed with flying colors, and so we bestowed upon them the honor of representing our collective voices on Capitol Hill. Will Obama do likewise? Should it really have required such a harsh, public spanking as this before he even had a hope of unstopping his ears?
At 1 pm today, November 3rd, 2010, we shall see if Mr. Obama indeed possesses the moral fortitude to humble himself before those whom he serves. Based on his actions up to this point, my persona belief is that at best he will attempt to fool us into believing that our actions have given him the epiphany he was lacking. The sincerity of his attempt at humility will be revealed over the course of the next few months as we watch carefully to see his willingness to put this nation before partisanship, politics, and his own ambitions for power. I hope that I'm wrong; I hope that at 1 pm I see a man who has truly realized the error of his ways and is on an honest search for repentance. But a hardened heart would rather break than bend, and if Obama has, as I believe, long ago left behind the ability to be humble, then this country is just going to have to sit out the next two years status quo until we can replace Obama with someone who loves us like they say they do.
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