We all love simplistic overnight solutions, and we all need scapegoats to blame when things don’t change soon enough. Thus, both left and right assail our president.
The right mercilessly attacks Barack Obama for being a “socialist,” when he has merely tried to restore the regulatory power of government so effectively used by Republican presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Meanwhile, the left attacks him for compromising with corporate America.
But like all great presidents, Obama steers the middle way. Neither socialism nor laissez-faire capitalism have ever succeeded in making us a great nation. Federal bureaucrats cannot effectively rule us. Neither can private oligarchs who impoverish our middle class by hoarding their wealth in corporate profits and tax shelters for the rich. Despite the simple-minded myth of Reaganomics, their wealth does not trickle down.
America succeeds by finding balance between the free market and regulatory government. Without government, capitalism degenerates into post-industrial feudalism, where untaxed, unregulated cartels fix prices and cannibalize small business.
Obama remains centered, reaching out to both sides. He refuses to retaliate, to blame or to polarize. Despite the most vicious campaign of obstructionism ever mounted against an American president, he will win re-election and steer us to safe harbor. The seeds he plants, growing by increments, will flourish, and justice will flow again. Let us not mistake his composure and moderation for weakness.
This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for President Barack Obama. God bless our president, and God bless our land.