Wake Up America!

by Tim Couch

I see it happening already. The election is over. The dust has begun to settle. And, the people of America are getting sleepy.

It seems the growing consensus of late is that the work is all done. The water has all been carried and now it’s up to our newly elected President to make it all better.

I hear person after person in interviews and on the street saying “President Obama” is going to fix things; it’s all going to be okay now; now that we’ve elected Obama everything is going to be fine.


President-elect Obama may very well be all that you people think he is. I pray to God that he is. But, he is still a politician and he is one among thousands. He may be honorable; he may be good; and he may have the best of intentions and the best interests of the people at heart, but he is still just one man. Regardless of what he wants to accomplish he can do none of it without the requisite votes of Congress. If he doesn’t march appropriately leading with the left foot our practically Democratically controlled Congress will simply shut him down. They’ve done it before and some who are in Congress now were there when they did it to President Clinton. They know exactly how this game is played. President-elect Obama can want to do good all day long, but without the support of Congress he’s just a fancy hood ornament.

Fortunately, we the people are not so restricted. We possess the real power in this Country. We have the ability to dictate policy. We have the strength that comes in numbers. We have the influence to bring about the real change that we all want.

Unfortunately, we do not have the will or the organization it takes to actually make things happen. We would rather sleep and let our Government dictate our lives to us. We go to the polls every other year or every four years, and we consider our job done. We’ve elected our chosen candidates; now let them take care of things. It doesn’t work that way. It hasn’t worked that way. It will not work that way.

Now, more than any time in our history, it is imperative that we remain vigilant, that we continue to monitor our elected representatives to make sure they are adhering to the will of the people. Now, more than any other time, the power of bureaucracy threatens to overwhelm the power of the people. Now, more than any other, is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their Country.

Do not go back to sleep. Do not become complacent. Our future as a Nation depends on it. Our future as a people depends on it. The future of our children and grandchildren depend upon it.

Please, America, wake up!

Good Luck Mr. Obama

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Like a lot of Americans I have spent a big portion of the last twenty-one months following the Presidential campaign. Throughout those long months I listened and I watched and I read. I came to see that you believed in your message of change and hope, and that you were campaigning with the very best of intentions. I also came to see that John McCain was a man of undeniable honor and loyalty to this Country who would never forsake her. I prayed for guidance and I appraised my own convictions. In the end I voted for John McCain because I believed he was the right man at the right time in our history. My mistake, I now realize was in thinking that it mattered who won.

As I watched the election unfold my heart sank. I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. I was literally dumbfounded. I was sure that in the end my fellow Americans would awake from their stupor and realize what was at stake, but it never happened. I slept almost not at all that night. I lay awake imagining life in our Country if you were to actually deliver all that you promised. But, in the morning light I realized – you can’t.

I realized that I had bought in to all the rhetoric, all the fluffy white campaign promises. I saw that the campaign, though entertaining and dramatic, was unreal. I understood that real life is what happens after the election is over, and that in our current situation worrying about who is sitting in the Oval Office is like worrying about getting fleas from the pit-bull that’s about to take your head off.

Now that you have won the election I find myself worrying about you. Not about you being President, but what it means that so many Americans voted for promises of State welfare. What does it say about us as a nation that a majority of our citizens would rather take from others than earn for themselves? What does it say about our future as a nation that a majority of our citizens are eager to relinquish their lives to bureaucratic control? What does it mean for our President-elect who has promised to provide so much?

I worry about you, Mr. Obama, because while I believe you have spent the last twenty-one months courting Lady Liberty I fear that what you have won is an insatiable whore. Good luck Mr. Obama.


Tim Couch
for StraightUpAmerican.com