In the run up to
the US elections there’s hard campaigning amongst the candidates. The President
incumbent is hoping to secure his second term and I for one hope he succeeds.
Mitt Romney has
his merits but he is a man far removed from the people. His father, George
Romney, was a well known business man and they lived in an affluent
neighbourhood. Mitt Romney did not excel academically but money and privilege
opened up many windows and doors of opportunity.
Romney is a
Mormon. If you’ve ever had your Sunday mornings disturbed by the quietly spoken,
doe-eyed, well dressed brigade of latter day saints then you’ll know that
there’s nothing more ungodly than having your intelligence insulted by those
who state the obvious…. “do you know that God loves you?”!!!
|The Great Pretender|
was the proverbial fat cat. I’m sure Mitt and his siblings did not want for
much, including a successful role model. Being the poor little rich boy, Mitt
was a bit of prankster and some of these have included dressing up as a police
officer!!? Academic achievement wasn’t high on his list of priorities though he
made good and obtained a law degree – impersonating an officer must have provided
As he was one
for propagating the Mormon faith and converting the natives where do you think
he chose to go……the jungles of Dijoubti, the intrepid Kalahari, the wilds of
Borneo, pungent Punjab, mellow Mongolia…..actually the young Romney plumped for
France! I guess there are souls to save in the developed world too!! Perhaps
the comforts of strolling down the Champs-Elysees, cruising along the Seine and
sampling the viticulture of Bordeaux were reason enough.
has known hardship we’re told. He and his wife Ann, in the early days of their
marriage lived in a basement flat. Really...a basement flat would seem
luxurious to the newly married couples who have to share their parents’ home as
they can't afford rent or mortgage.
have achieved the all American dream but, trust me, he had help. He had a hand
and leg up and, no doubt, a silver spoon attached to it. A great example of how
a rich man can get even richer if he plays his cards right. Can wealth be a disadvantage? Yes - if you're trying to pass yourself off as a servant of the people.
Barack Obama is
a man of the people, the people’s and poor person’s President. Until he became
President he didn’t rub shoulders with any influential people.
He was a small
town boy of mixed race who had a burning vision planted in him. There was no
role model for the young Barack as his parents had divorced when he was two. He
only met his father briefly when he was ten years old. The abiding male
presence in his life was his maternal grandfather. Behind every powerful man
are two powerful women and, in Obama’s case, it happened to be his mother and
grandmother. These women, though they lived in challenging times, were no wallflowers.
They were women
who persevered. Ann Dunham, mother of Barack, married twice and divorced twice.
Both marriages were inter-racial during a time when participants in such
unions were ostracised. In his memoir: “ Dreams of my Father” Barack recalls
how she encouraged him to develop a relationship with Barack Sr. by seeking out
his Kenyan roots.Ann Dunham
was the spark that gave birth to a soul on fire. Somehow she had the wisdom and
uncommon sense to know that her son had a grand destiny.
|Ann Dunham - she had a dream|
Barack with academia -her own. Even as a single parent, she obtained a
doctorate in Economic Anthropology and worked with poverty alleviation
programmes involved in rolling out micro finance to poor villagers in
Indonesia. A powerful intellect made her
the ultimate feminist - strong willed and defiant - she didn’t need a man to
lean on. She kept the faith in herself and her children.
She wasn’t just
a dreamer but a doer. She carried on working amongst the poor and people say that
she had more than an inkling that one or both of her children would do
remarkable things. However, not even she could have predicted that her Barack
was going to become America’s 44th President.
Barack Obama is
the real deal and as Michelle, his wife, said recently: “he is the American
Dream”. He has faced all of the challenges of ordinary and extra-ordinary
people. He has empathy, transparency and fiery intelligence. His healthcare
reforms, though unwelcome to his opponents, is based on the fundamental
principles of life, liberty and happiness.
|A family of do-ers|
He’s not in it
for the money but he’s in it to win it. He didn’t have to chase after fame and
fortune; it came to him. It wasn’t an easy route but he wants to make the path
to prosperity and progress easier for others.
discrimination, despair, doubt as he’s lived it. He has more than a dream. It’s
a vision of how great America can be. He’s a do-er so let him do it
– please God - in 2012.
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