Friday, January 16, 2009

Hey Barack!

In the most recent Readers Digest there was an article that gave fellow statesmen and -women the opportunity to draft a memo to the president elect with advice on the important topics. A few stood out to me...

Talk but Also Listen...surround yourself with people that will complement you and those that will challenge you. Create partnerships not divisions.

Reread the Constitution...before you can uphold it, understand it. I have not read the Constitution since the 4th or 5th grade.

Act Justly and Walk what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Make mercy a passion. Always remember your position/relationship with God.

Remind Us What it Takes to Be Great...belief, sacrifice and hard work

A few other mentionables; Fight Extreme Poverty, Stop the Cycle of Debt, Reunite the Country, Commit to the Environment, Be Brutally Honest.

This coming week, we will inaugurate a new president, and while through his leadership things can be accomplished, why do we expect that the changing of position at the top will make a huge different? Is that the only "position of power"? Can we not bring change from the bottom, if we listen to our own advice, we seek to give the man at the top? Or by giving it to him, do relieve ourselves of the responsibility and ultimately the blame?


pastorg said...

Good insight. Yes we can lead from the bottom or the middle or the 2nd chair in leadership. But submission is still a big part of working together. What will make the biggest difference when it comes to change is when everyone agrees to move in the same direction and lead from where they are. In politics, that is a real challenge and usually years are wasted in a standstill.

Daniel said...

I remember one of the objectives stated by Bush during his first run at the White House. He stated that he wanted the U.S. to be more humble and respectful in our approach to foreign policy. Looking back, I cannot remember a more arrogant U.S. handling of relations. Our new president needs to mend the wounds and rifts created. To look to build bridges and dialogs and to cultivate discussion where there is potential common ground and to cultivate understanding where there are differences.

mikedominice said...

I was in class with a particularly conservative professor who told the class that he was very excited about Mr. Obama being president (as I am myself) but that in order to be a really great President he will need to unite the nation. He hardly won by a landslide, and there's about 46% of the nation who disagreed with him. Now, I think a lot of those people won't give him a change to reunite the nation, but I'm looking forward to being on the 46% who will try my hardest to be supportive of someone I disagreed with.

Coffee Messiah said...

Change always comes with face to face interactions in your daily life.

But, 4 the last 8 yrs, we've seen a leader saying one thing, doing another, and, well here we are. The worse working/living conditions since I left Ca.

Onward and upward and doing positive things with your fellow human beings is really the way to go in this crazy life ; )

Thanks 4 stopping by my blog too = Cheers!

jake (to the) holla said...

i agree with mike... i'm looking forward to opportunities to be supportive despite my initial disagreement. regardless of support... he's going to be our president, and we're called to respect all authority placed in our lives. God has him in this position for a reason, so it would be detrimental for a Christian in making any headway with the world to disrespect & protest against our nation's leadership.

Brian Miller said...

For the record. I actually voted for Obama. I agree witht he comments on supporting him. What I was trying to get at was that we seem dependant (at times) on shange at the top, feeling that we are helpless to affect rue and meaningful change. I think we can if we are willing to move instead of watch.