Take a look at Barack Obama’s life. His whole life is about hard work, education, empathy for others, and compromise. Check that last word, compromise. Whatever Obama believes about particular issues, he is all about compromise. Combine compromise with intellect and integrity – and you have a powerful leader.
Barack Obama was born to a white mother and a black father – no secret there. As Obama progressed through life he was met with challenges. At ten years old Obama was admitted to a private school because of his demonstrated intellect. One can image this child, black by all definitions, integrating himself into a primarily white culture – Obama learned about compromise at a very early age.
Barack Obama earned a B. A. from Columbia University in New York in 1983. He traveled to Chicago to work on the South Side, working to improve the lives of underprivileged and impoverished people. Obama taught others the values of hard work and education – but realizing the futility of working at the level of neighborhood Obama turned to Harvard Law School. Borrowing heavily with student loans Obama found Harvard to be an intellectual challenge of diverse opinion. He became the President of the Harvard Law Review – again using the skills of compromise and leadership. Obama learned to balance the interests of others. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 – a constitutional lawyer.
Obama wrote his autobiography “Dreams of My Father” in 1992, then returned to Chicago to work in a law firm, hoping to specialize in civil rights law. Obama also accepted a position as a lecturer at the Chicago Law school, lecturing on constitutional law. Obama’s work earned him a place on Chicago’s forty outstanding leaders under forty.
With a deep understanding of the Constitution of the United States and a belief in the empowerment of voting, Obama entered politics. Politics might be defined as the art of compromise – Obama’s aspirations would challenge him to compromise across racial, religious, ethnic, cultural, and political boundaries.
The point is clear – Barack Obama has compromise built into his DNA. With a powerful grasp of the Constitution of the United States, genuine empathy for his fellow man, and a clear understanding of the role of Government, Obama climbed the ladder to the top. At the same time Obama experienced the struggle of student loan debt, learning to appreciate the struggles of being an adult in America. His past speaks to his values in family, hard work, and education.
Obama’s understanding of the role of government is profound. While working in the South Side of Chicago Obama saw clearly the failures of government entitlement programs. Obama lived in the midst of a failed welfare state – but rather than condemn entitlement programs completely, Obama looked for compromise. Obama sought short term support for his clients while promoting work and self-reliance. Senator Obama’s understanding of the Constitution informs his understanding of the value of compromise in a government with a balance of powers across three branches of government.
We firmly believe that Obama has no desire to promote give away programs that do nothing for the dignity and integrity of the recipients. Obama knows the value of hard work, he understands that people are generally happier when they take responsibility for their own life. We believe that Obama has learned how to compromise strategy while holding steady on principle.
Barack Obama is the New Deal. He is the man who understands the hardships of poverty and want. He understands that the role of government is help to lift people out of poverty rather than subjecting the people to a life in poverty through government entitlement.
8:00 PM CST One example of seeking compromise: It strikes this writer that most of us agree that health care should be available to all – the question is how to accomplish this feat. Obama has a proposal which recognizes the value of Employer based health care, recognizes the insurance industry, and seeks compromise in bringing these forces together to provide health care for everyone.
Barack Obama has the right vision of America – the land of hard work, education, reward, and prosperity. Obama will govern from the Center of the political spectrum.
Obama is not the second coming of a messiah. He is but a man, a man with deep intellect, deep empathy, a deep understanding of democracy, a deep understanding of America, and a remarkable sense of his role in the world.