Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wade: President Obama shows calm strength

The primary responsibility of the President of the United States is to protect U.S. citizens. In doing so, he runs the rick of making decisions not supported by all of our citizens yet impacts them in one form or another. In its role as the voice of the American people, Congress has the responsibility to speak up on behalf of its constituents ensuring the people’s voice is heard. The recent conversation on whether or not to punish the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its citizens is an example of why we are considered the best Democracy on earth. Although we are strong and may be considered by some to be the world’s only true superpower, our system does allow for checks and balances. When it comes to the use of force in any situation, cooler heads must prevail. However, on the other hand, showing restraint and a calm demeanor does not convey weakness or a lack of resolve.

From the very beginning of his administration, this President has experienced significant challenges to his leadership, which he has fortunately overcome. However, in this situation, because he is reaching out to Congress and his administration is seeking the support of the United Nations and Arab League, his leadership is under the most significant challenge thus far.

As Democrats, we represent a wide range of views and opinions, so it is not uncommon for us to be on complete opposite ends of the same subject. This just goes to prove that Democrats are thinkers and not just solely driven by ideology. On the other hand, that same independence of thought does create a fluid environment. I won’t interject my personal view into this discussion because my purpose here is to just applaud my fellow Democrats and their grasp of the freedom of expression(s). I will say however, that I am hopeful that when it comes to supporting our President and his monumental task of protecting all citizens of the United States, that we be more together than opposed to one another. He certainly has enough on his plate, trying to work in the hostile environment of the beltway.

Henry M. Wade Jr., Chair
Pinal County Democratic Party

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