Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (4)
(4) MATTERS OF THE HEART: ACCOMMODATION AND TOLERANCE:
Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Non-believers, name them, peoples of different faiths, tongues and beliefs, should live together and respect each other’s beliefs and culture. Even gays, lesbians and other men and women of different sexual orientation, views and attitudes, have place in society and communities of the world. America is a nation of immigrants and should therefore find ways to accommodate new arrivals as well as refugees. Center of Obama social agenda is no doubt ‘equality and social justice’. There is no doubt that Obama has been criticized for being the first American president to support gay-marriage. Those who criticize and blackmail the president on account of gay-marriage issue miss the point. These may be blind in one eye, or even in both! They need to drop their biased judgment against Obama. We take a look at this critical issue……
LGBT IN THE AMERICAN POLITCS has no doubt taken a center stage in every political and religious debate. Since the number of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community is large and has continued to grow, all political parties including the ultra-conservative ones and their candidates have come to embrace the hitherto distasteful community and have learnt to show tolerance. These political parties, realizing that they would lose in the polls without support of the gay community now sing the praises of these ‘brothers and sisters’ formerly treated as outcasts and lumped together with the old biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year old security guard killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse GAY nightclub in Orlando Florida, United States. Such Terrorists, like millions of gay haters can no more withhold their anger and feelings against distasteful people who in the olden times would face death by stoning or other rough measures applied in the punishment of public criminals aka ‘Jungle justice’. In the modern times and precisely in Orlando tears (not joy) flowed from both eyes of every politician including the ultra-republicans, evangelicals and Tea Party landlords. Why? Has the Gay Community not been accepted by all who care? Who should again blame Obama and even Pope Francis for expressing sympathy towards gays and their counterparts? The Catholic church under the leadership of the Pope seemed to be falling apart when the issues of LGBT comes up in discussions.
Obama was not the author of ‘gay marriage” in the United States. Surely the hotly debated issue was finally legalized during Obama presidency by the supreme court; it once again demonstrates how powerful Obama is as well how he handles ‘matters of the heart’. It is good to call spade, spade.
Gay couples and relationships have been there from time immemorial. Gay-marriage and problems of such humans have been part of global issues long before Obama was born, looking for human solutions for decades. The final judgement on the issue rests with the Almighty God.
It is in the tongues and hearts of children and adults, and identifies a compassionate president. Whether a successful venture or in the view of his sworn political enemies a failure or “complete disaster”, “Obama Care” is a singular ‘invention’ in the history of the United States that will continue to recall the powerful reign of President Barack Obama. The Obama-Care health system was initiated and promoted by the president with clear vision to help the poor and downtrodden in the richest nation of the world. Unfortunately a large population has by history or by man’s wicked design been left behind and poor. One of the benefits of good health care system everywhere is longer life span. Some enjoyliving up to 100 years and beyond; and for many others it may be a painful unrealizable dream………..”The poor ancients in the bible lament: “For our entire days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh. The days of our life are seventy (70) years, or perhaps eighty (80), if we are strong, even then our life is only toil and trouble; it is soon gone, and we fly away.”OBAMA CARE as most compassionate people in America and all over the free world conceived it was initiated by the president to alleviate the sufferings of the masses of American citizens. For the first time in American history, and it was during the Obama regime that more than twenty million (20,000,000) Americans had access to ‘Affordable health care’. Whether later repealed, undone, abolished or scrapped according to the plans and wishes of the opposition and Obama haters, who care less about the poor in America, OBAMA CARE summarizes the influence, impact and depth of a most important legacy Obama has left during his reign as the 44th president of the United States of America. Why repealing Obama Care remained popular among Obama haters and the Republican in-coming administration is not hard to discover, it is a singular policy of the black president that would not be easy to erase if it was allowed to operate.
(6) MOST EXEMPLARY MORAL LEADERSHIP
Great leadership is also assessed by quality of moral life. The topic we are discussing and the center of most concerns is “Leadership by Example”.We should live by example. Most powerful but not “The Great” type have been known by their demagogic, vindictive, power-drunk, scandalous, and often rotten immoral life styles. NOT Barrack Obama The Great. His sworn enemies dug and dug, deep inside the archives, public, classified, private and secret, and found nothing to disown, damage, humiliate and disgrace Obama. NO sex scandals, immoral and inappropriate records(audio, video or scripts), as teenager or adult, no traces of locker-rooms lewd-talks and scandalous sex escapades associated with men and leaders all over the world. No corrupt and unlawful business ventures could be traced to the president’s records. Honesty and transparency became the watchwords of the Obama administration.