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Why Obama Should be our Next President


By Susan Eisenhower - Posted on 04 November 2008

For more than fifteen years, I have regularly appeared in the media as a foreign policy expert.  I've always tried to be accessible to everyone from all ends of the political spectrum.  Citizen dialogue and education, I believe, are the cornerstones of a vibrant democracy.  Over the years, I have been interviewed by outlets of every ideological stripe, but recent experience tells me how far our public discourse has deteriorated.

In February of this year I announced my support for Barack Obama.  As a lifelong Republican I decided to support this Democratic contender because he has, I believe, the energy, the intellectual capability, as well as the temperament and the steadiness to lead this country during this perilous time.  Since then, I've appeared on many television and radio programs hosted by people who do not like Senator Obama.  Compared to my experiences over the years, these interlocutors have been aggressive and the subtexts of their questions have inappropriately implied that anyone who supports the Illinois Senator is either unpatriotic, uninformed, or simply a fool.

On top of this the McCain campaign has engaged in incendiary "Robo" calls and misleading brochures, which promote baseless personal smears.  John McCain says Obama is a socialist, and Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) actually suggested that Obama is a "Communist."  This is nonsense.  Obama is advancing a tax policy that was first adopted by Republican President Teddy Roosevelt, and the Obama proposals do nothing more than return us to Reagan-era tax levels.

People who share traditional Republican values have nothing to fear from Senator Obama, that's why other distinguished Republicans like General Colin Powell, Senator Lincoln Chafee, Congressman Jim Leach, Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan, Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, Bush Defense Policy Board official Ken Adelman, and the iconic conservative names of Buckley and Goldwater are now associated with Obama's campaign.

We have had many chapters in American history when fear has gotten the better of us and "guilt by association" or "guilt by race, ethnicity or gender" has prevailed.  But we must be better than that.  In today's fractured and challenging times, spreading false rumors is not only divisive, it is downright dangerous.  We will only survive if we pull together and unite as a nation.

As we vote on Tuesday, we should pause and look at our communities and be grateful that many fine, talented people want to serve our country in this period of dislocation and crisis.  We must shrug off the fear mongers who have tried to sell us an election season of devils and demons who don't exist.

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Susan Eisenhower is a policy expert and author.  She is the granddaughter of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  For more information visit: http://www.susaneisenhower.com/

Thank you for honoring us with your visit!

I'm sure, like me, many of us here have shared your endorsement far and wide. Thank you for your insights and your accessibility, your grandfather would be proud!

Susan,

Thank you for being so outspoken from the beginning about your support for Barack. You didn't wait until victory was near-certain to safely offer your endorsement; you took the risk and laid it all out there from the beginning.

I remember how excited John and I were when you first went public with your endorsement. We finally felt like "Wow! We're really not alone!!"

Thanks for all your work on behalf of Barack.

 

 

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You are definitely welcome Here!  Your grandfather is a beloved former President here!
Wow, what an honor!  Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your insight with us and the American people as a whole.  I hope and pray that your wisdom is taken to heart and head by many on election day!

SUSAN EISENHOWER FOR SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE OBAMA CABINET!!!!!!

YES!!!

Thank you so much for paying us a visit. 

______________________

RFO Outreach Coordinator

The enemy of "the best" is not "the worst." The enemy of "the best" is "good enough."

Thank you for your words, and the courage to stand up for what you believe is right. 

The problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to post here, and for lending credence to our voices. 

My earliest political memory, as I have shared before on this site, is of my parents' "I Like Ike" buttons, and I shudder to think what his opinion of our current party would be.  I've voted Republican for forty years, but not this year, not this time.

Our party has been hijacked by the extreme right wing, and by those driven by greed and meanness.  Barack Obama takes us back to the roots of conservatism, tailored for today's world.

Thank you for having the courage to be among the first prominent members of our party to voice your support for the leader that our country needs and deserves right now, and for sharing that with us here at RFO.

Ms. Eisenhower,

I am the guy that hosted the Republicans for Obama meeting in Indiana that you called into. Thanks again for that. I believe our efforts, with your help in our kick-off, have Indiana in play for Obama.

Thank you for this article. It shows how far we've come in the movement for reasonable Republicans to see the value in an Obama presidency.

I would be interested in your thoughts on my article about the Republican Party's future. 

http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=35856  

Chuck Lasker
chuck@chucklasker.com 

I would like to remind all who read this wonderful piece to digg it.  It needs to be seen by as many people as possible.  Also, those of you with digg accounts, please do what you can to get it out there!

Thanks, Suzi

Done (dugg), and done (shout).
Those of you with friends lists and no idea how to use them, click the "share" link on the digg comments page to fire off a quick shout.
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Sticker/sign tally in Orange County, CA:

  • Obama - 10
  • McCain - 3
  • (As of 2008/10/31)

Thanks for stopping by our little political community and gracing us with a blog post.

Ms. Eisenhower, you are the reason I know about RFO at all, and the reason I have come to know and respect a great many registered Republicans from across the country.

Thank you!

Fear-mongering as a Science. Is that all we have anymore?

In June, while attending the GOP State Committee Meeting in Hershey, one of the workshop moderators said "an Obama presidency would mark the end of Western Civilization." Apologies, but I laughed-out-loud. He had to be joking, right? Certainly he was just using this line to illustrate some point he was trying to make. NOT! He was stone-cold serious, as were my hundred or so colleagues attending the meeting...half of them staring back at me when I chuckled. It felt like I was with the Children of the Corn! All I could think at that moment was PLEASE, NOT A NOSEBLEED!

Their reprehensible fear-mongering is NOT NEARLY as frightening as the fact that they BELIEVE THEIR OWN fear-mongering. My fellow Republicans have so insulated themselves from reality that they just don't make sense anymore.

The opportunity to make some REAL CHANGES in our Grand Old Party is here. Now.

Anyone want to join me? chefpetey -- at -- gmail -- dot -- com


 

"an Obama presidency would mark the end of Western Civilization." Apologies, but I laughed-out-loud. He had to be joking, right?

There is so much misinformation out there. One of my 7th grade students told me that her mom was voting for McCain because Obama wanted to "get rid of the constitution." We have alot of work to do to set the record straight but I am very hopeful.

Susan-what an honor to have you here!

Thank you, Ms. Eisenhower, for helping to lead our cause with honor and integrity.  You are one of our shining stars and it has been a pleasure having you here today. 

YES WE CAN!!!

You are correct, there is certainly nothing to fear from Barack Obama. It is a tragedy that John McCain found it necessary to run such a shameful campaign. While I am a Democrat, my husband is a Republican. I have listened to him bemoan the state of his party. He is so disgusted and wonders if it will ever return to its ideals. Unfortunately, the theocons and neocons have overtaken the sensible folks, and the party has used the worst in human nature to win elections. It certainly is giving him hope to see so many good Republicans coming out for Obama.

You truly are putting country first by voting your conscience. America thanks you, as it does all Republicans crossing party lines to carry Obama to victory. I sincerely hope that this country can begin to heal and become unified again. With people like you taking the lead, I believe it is possible!

Thank you for visiting this site and thank you all the more for your elegant and inspiring support of Senator Obama.
I look back to the first time I came to this site. There were very few people. I almost felt ashamed for abandoning my republican party. After John McCain picked Sarah Palin I was positive I was right to jump ship. John McCain seemed unstable, and I use to respect him so much in the past years. I thought at first, I would vote for him, but soon realized the John McCain of yesterday was gone. It has been nice to have a good bunch of people like here to talk to this last several weeks. It's also nice to reconize that Obama thinks of all of us as Americans, and not party affilition. We have been divided to long. It is an honor to have Susan Eisenhower blog along with us on this site. I have spoken of this site on every blog I went to these past weeks. I love a good debate, and talk with out the nastyness and hate of the McCain campaign.

Sending a prayer to Obama and his family in this time of need. The loss of a family member is devastating ... always!

Saying a prayer for our country. No matter who is elected, may he lead the way God would want him to, and may our country be prosperous and safe!

And saying prayers nightly for all the people I meet here, and around the world. I thank you all for allowing me my very different point of view here. And I appreciate all of you for keeping the slams and attacks to a minimum!

May God bless you all and may God bless our country!

Good bye. I am off to vote!

What a beautiful post, Reagan, and I join with you in those prayers.

And thank you for mostly maintaining an opposing view in a civil and intelligent manner.

Thank you Susan Eisenhower for publishing your words of support for Obama, you're continuing a real tradition of placing country first as established by Dwight Eisenhower.  His final words as Commander in Chief are as pertinent now as they were in 1961.  So much so it's errie.

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

...we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

The speech;

http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

Obama’s Inauguration Poem 

 FELLOW AMERICANS  

 

Will we battle terrorism as it should be fought

Or run away and let evil doers chase us to our door?

Will we protect our freedom and system of life

As our fathers and grandfathers sacrificed before? 

Will we secure our borders against illegal entry

Or let our economy and security be destroyed?

Will we finally stop runaway wasteful spending

By leaders who are self-serving and void? 

Will we continue to pledge our help to the less fortunate

Who suffer from war, hunger and disease?

Will we preserve our heritage and our future

From those who wish to bring liberty to its knees? 

Never be afraid to be proud of America

And march with the thankful, honorable and just.

Never surrender our freedom of choice

Standing firm for what we believe and trust. 

Sometimes it’s hard to protect what is right

Sometimes we’re scorned as for others we fight.

Some of us are willing regardless of loss

To commit our soul to save the cross. 

Evil prospers on greed and human hate

Always eager to destroy and defecate.

God’s grace descends on the souls of man

Cleansing the impure wherever He can. 

As long as man has struggled on earth

Life has had its troubles from birth.

God’s seed of goodness has delayed man’s demise

Thank Heaven for his heroes the strong and the wise.

 The Lord adores his heroes of yesterday

Just how numerous, only He could say.

God loves his soldiers who line up to serve

By standing against evil His grace they deserve.

 

 God Bless America 

 

 By Tom Zart

Most Published Poet

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