Midterm drama

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Politics in today’s society is struck with deception and secrecy, with promised results not yet delivered. Can the same be said for President Barack Obama?

On Sept. 30, two individuals who are close to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel announced that he would be resigning in the coming days to run for mayor of Chicago. Emmanuel, like some others, are like “rats fleeing a sinking ship” when it comes to the Obama administration.

With the midterm elections coming up Emmanuel has chosen to leave due to the continual loss of Democratic support. With people losing confidence in Obama, things are not looking to good for the first African-American president.

In accordance with the Washington Post-ABC news polls, six out of ten voters do not have faith in Obama’s decision making for the country and a good portion are not satisfied with how he is handling the economy.

In addition, Israel National News reports in a poll conducted by the McLaughlin group that when asked if they would vote to re-elect President Obama to a second term, 46 percent said they would vote for another candidate.

In 2008, eight out of 10 Jewish voters picked Obama.

Two years later that number has drastically fallen down to four out of 10. The Obama administration is quickly losing the confidence of the citizens and looks to be in trouble for the coming elections. To make things worse, seven out of 10 registered voters say that they lack confidence in Democratic lawmakers.

May 19, 2010 was a date marked by Obama’s Democratic colleagues being rejected by our nation. Four of President Obama’s colleagues have lost their races for office. Losing even with the leader of our nation behind you is not a good sign. Democrats are once again in danger of losing their influence in the White House. The way things are looking, President Obama may not even make it to a second term.

In polls for Congressional candidates, 49 percent of voters sided with the GOP with only 45 percent siding with the Democrats. A big part of this loss of support has to do with the condition of our economy. Compared to the year of the recession, the nation is in better shape, but with problems in the housing industry and unemployment only slightly improving, the president’s ratings have gone down.

When it comes to decisions affecting our economy, 43 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s approach while 54 percent disapprove.

In 2006 it seemed like Democrats would take over, but as we enter the midterm race in November, Democratic influence has become significantly slimmer.

What I do not understand is why the people of our nation are criticizing our president when our economic woes are due to the previous president, George W. Bush.

Many people believe President Obama placing blame on the Bush administration is not the route that he should take. I do not think Obama is placing the blame on the Bush administration; he is simply reminding the people that he was put into a very difficult situation and is trying his best to make amends.

In the words of famous critic Stanley Crouch, President Obama is not a superhero who can kick a hole through the brick wall put up by Republicans, he cannot turn American into Eden in less than two years. Americans are asking for the impossible and unreasonable.

According to the President himself, “It is time for all of us to grow up and face the fact that we just might be the people we have been waiting for. If you thought you were electing a superhero, you were wrong. “

It is true that President Obama has promised change but patience is the key to seeing our nation once again prosper. Crouch also believes that some Democrats may have given up to quickly.

“But whether the change Obama did promise is possible can only be learned if we decide to stay the course and refuse to give in to fatigue and paralytic cynicism. There has never been a better time to fight than now,” Crouch states.

With that being said, haven’t Americans ever heard the saying times are the hardest when you are closest to you goals? The only way to see change is to carry on through the storm. Besides, it took our economy years to recover from the inflation and first stock market crash, so why should this recession be any different?

Curtis Bloomfield is a Collegian columnist. He can be reached at [email protected]