Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (3)
Power does not rest only in physical strength or stamina. Obama as president was able to withstand the overwhelming vicious attacks of his numerous enemies mostly the white racists and bigots who swore from day one to oppose all his policies, to UNDO ALL HIS LEGACIES! They fought tooth and nail to derail or destabilize any project he initiated “to make America even greater than what the nation was before he assumed office”. They questioned even his birth certificate and American citizenship! Barack OBAMA did not shake. He stood his ground and completed his tenure gracefully and in glamor. OBAMA inherited the worst economic crisis in decades, a scary moment of recession with high unemployment rate and disappearance of millions of jobs in America. It is only a powerful leader in the person of BARACK OBAMA, who was able to save the economy and state from collapse adopting his own ambitious economic theory in the face of enemy opposition. Often OBAMA had to take recourse to EXECUTIVE ORDER option to accomplish good works for the people and nation.Executive Orders, it is said have full force of law when they take authority from a legislative power. It grants its power directly to the executive by the constitution. Thereby the president receives some degree of discretional powers to execute his policies. This is being powerful indeed! If Obama is not a great and powerful president he couldn’t have surprised the world by that singular act of giving a deathblow to America’s worst enemy, the ISSIS, namely taking away the life of that terrorists’ leader, Osama Bin Laden.
BEHOLD HATE IN ITS EXCESS- WHAT OBAMA HAD TO PUT UP WITH! BEHOLD THE FATE OF POWERFUL LEADERS
POWERFUL LEADERS ARE NOT USUALLY LIKED BY EVIL PEOPLE. Powerful and Revolutionary Leaders, who are not crooks and work hard and with honest intentions to help the masses, don’t even live long, some die violently in the hands of wicked enemies. Name just a few we remember in Africa: Murtala Muhammad of Nigeria, General Sankara of Burkino Faso, Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, were African leaders of power and distinction, but were assassinated by haters of progress. But Obama, good, great, powerful and revolutionary lives!Unfortunately a devil in human skin, an arch-racist and bigot spoke the minds of his likes! “Carl Paladino, of the United States, Obama hater,could not control his temper when he boldly and publicly wished OBAMA dead of Mad Cow Disease in 2017”. That was the Breaking News that shocked America and the whole world and left OBAMA admirers completely paralyzed for days. That was actually the last stroke that broke the Carmel’s back, what OBAMA had to put up with as president of the United States of America for eight years. Carl Paladino, a western New York builder, one-time Republican candidate for governor of New York and political ally of President-elect Donald J. Trump, came under fire from all sides of America for racially offensive comments about President Obama and the first lady. Mr. Paladino’s comments were published in Artvoice, a weekly Buffalo newspaper. They came in response to an open-ended feature in which local figures were asked about their hopes for 2017. Carl Paladino wishes for the Great President! Hear the devil in human flesh:“Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford,” said Mr. Paladino, making an apparent reference to the Hereford cattle breed. He said he hoped the disease killed the president.Asked what he most wanted to see “go away” in the New Year, Mr. Paladino — who is said to have a reputation in New York political and business circles for speaking like crazy and drunken illiterates responded: “Michelle Obama.” “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla”. Wow! What a hell!Though the Condemnation of the remarks was swift on social media and among all sane humanity, it shows how far deep hate, ugly and reprehensible racism can go in America. Mr. Paladino was not the only respondent to the Buffalo paper’s survey to infuse their hopes for the coming year with politics, though most kept clearer of controversy, offering wishes for world peace and for the disappearance of such things as high taxes. Those hate remarks (as a joke or real), unusual, shameful and inhuman among all peoples of the world, white, black or brown must be condemned and the Paladino man arrested and punished. But they say in America any fool can say anything. It is called ‘Freedom of Speech!” However among the IGBO people of Nigeria, one can harbor hateful feelings towards a sworn enemy. That is limited to the dark corners of the mind. One, who publicly and openly wishes an enemy DEATH, is believed must see death sooner in life. When he shamefully dies, the darkest corner of hell, Sheol, Hades, is his rightful abode.
OBAMA believed that peace and friendship and reconciliation should always be the best option if the world would not go to blazes soon. Peace is a better option to war, cold or real. Refer to his reconciliatory attitude and position towards America’s diehard enemies, Vietnam, South Korea, Cuba, Iran, Russia and others. Readiness to embrace peace, shake hands with bitter enemies is never a sign of weakness. At his inaugural speech taking up office OBAMA promised to do all in his power to keep America safe by pulling out American troops from many war zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. For centuries America has engaged in warfare with known and unknown enemies in every part of the world, in Asia, Europe, and Africa, in Korea, Vietnam, Middle East, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. America has become in theory and practice the ‘Policeman of the world’. In many cases where no American territory has been threatened by an enemy, its leaders and war-mongers must find reasons to send thousands of American youths to fight endless and costly wars. Any justifiable reason(s)? American interest is at stake? Whether the conflict is just between two unfriendly neighbors, Israelis and Palestinians, South and North Korea, North and South Sudan, Libya and its neighbors,North and South Vietnam, Pakistan and India or Bangladesh, Russia and its former satellite nations, Somalia and Ethiopia, Nigeria and Biafra, Rwanda and Burundi, America must take sides and intervene to safeguard her “interests” in that area of the world. Often such interventions have led to escalations of conflicts and in fact opening up of more war fronts.Obama’s promise was to close some war zones and bring American troops home alive. In Afghanistan he succeeded in reducing the number of American troops from 175,000 to 15,000 towards the end of his tenure. Damn the consequences, Obama succeeded in pulling the American troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011, an agreement already entered into between his predecessor George W. Bush and the Iraqi leaders. To a large extent, irrespective of what his critics say, Obama accomplished a lot too in keeping United States out of Syrian civil war.Obama idea seeks to define the role of the superpower in times of war and global conflicts. How to exercise this power is of crucial importance! By using the DRONES to target and defeat America’s enemies Obama again demonstrated smartness and power, in determining what was best for America, fewer disasters, and at the same time not damaging or minimizing the nation’s influence on the world stage!While fighting for peace abroad, Obama did not lose sight of the battle for peace at the home front. There is no doubt that as far as violence is concerned, America is not a safe place to take shelter. Take a look at Chicago, Los Angeles and New York with their unbelievable records of gun and gang violence, murder and kidnapping! America must reckon with the worst nation in mass shootings and gun violence and no doubt firearms regulation has become a burning political issue. Did congress, firearms dealers and the masses who favor ‘no gun control legislation’ support Obama’s bid to end or at least control its use? Of course ‘not. Only the future will determine what is best for America and the world; war or peace? As Obama’s vicious opposition favored ‘no-gun-control’ policy, the world can only watch what next!