It seems no matter who is sitting in the oval office these days, there is a lot of president bashing going on. What is it good for? Well, as the song says, absolutely nothing. Bashing the president accomplishes nothing. We elected him to do a job and he’s likely doing it to the best of his ability. Whether we think so or not. Yes, I agree, the president, whether we’re talking George Washington, George W. Bush or Barrack Obama, makes mistakes and lots of them. After all, the president is a human being, just like the rest of us. Bashing the president is not only unnecessary, it shows ignorance. Here’s why.
1. Walking that mile. We have no idea what the president goes through on a daily basis. If you think your job is stressful, how would you like the fate of the free world resting on your shoulders? Yes, the president asks for that responsibility. That doesn’t make it any easier. Nor does it make it bashing the president for his possible shortcomings justifiable. I say “possible” shortcomings because, once again, we have no idea what he is dealing with, or what has led to his decisions. So, why don’t we all stand back and let the president do his job?
2. The president is not a god or a wizard. No matter who the president is, it seems people expect him to be a miracle worker. He is human. He’s not invincible. No ruler, given our past or present circumstances could possibly solve all our problems. Nor should they be expected to. We need to stop looking at our presidents as gods. Plus, frankly, they really don’t have the power to do everything we expect them to. All they can do is represent the majority interest as best they can. It isn’t up to the president to solve all of our problems. His job is to make a sincere effort to help (with the policies he puts in place and the actions he takes). He has no magic wand.
3. You will disagree with the president. Sometimes we will disagree with what the president is doing. Sometimes we will not agree with his methods, but we elected him. It’s his job to try, in his own way. Even if you voted for the president, there will be things he does that you don’t like. Get over it. No person on this earth likes every single thing another person does. It just doesn’t happen. It’s OK to disagree. It’s not OK to go around bashing the president. His job is unfathomable to most of us. Would you like to be sitting in that chair? What would you do? Do you really think everyone in the country would agree with everything you did 100% of the time?
4. Working together. It doesn’t matter what problem we are talking about. It doesn’t matter who the president is. We have no right to bash the president. Why? Because we are all in this together. It takes more than a single man or woman to solve the problems this country faces on a given day. It takes unity. It takes understanding. It takes a group of people from all walks of life, working together to solve any national crisis. Separatism never solved anything. The president doesn’t always even have the authority to fix most of the problems we blame on him. Still, he is trying. How about you?
5. Less bashing, more doing. Maybe if we spent less time bashing people, and more time taking action, we could make something positive happen. It’s all good to ramble on about what a horrible president we have but do you really know what you’re talking about? Have you met the president one on one? What have you done to help the situation you’re complaining about? Do you even have a solution that is a viable one, considering all sides of the coin? Likely not. Unless you actually are in that oval office chair behind that desk (or standing very close to it) you have no idea what all the considerations were that led up to that decision. We have no concept of all the information the president is privy to that the rest of us are not. We have no idea of the gravity or complicated nature of any given situation faced daily by the president. None whatsoever. Be glad of that. Likely, most of us couldn’t handle the stress.
6. Walking that mile again. Which comes right back to, until you walk a mile in another mans moccasins…… You or I have no business bashing the president. Just like we have no business bashing our military. They are both serving our country. Let them do their job. Support the president while he’s in office. Whether you like him or not. Support our troops whether you are for or against the war. If you don’t like what the president has done, vote for the other guy next time. Sure, you can bash the president if you want. That is, if you like wasting your breath. Me, I prefer to stand back and let him do the job he was elected to do. After all, don’t you think he has enough to worry about? Do you want him concentrating on explaining himself to you, or defending and supporting the country? I know my answer. What’s yours?
Please note: When I say support the president here, I mean every president, not just the one currently in office. When I refer to the president as him, I am in no way suggesting that the president will always be a man.