For the first time in the last eight years of my adult life, I feel hopeful. My sense of pride is renewed when listening to President Barack Obama's words.
He listens and asks questions of American and world leaders, so as to make proactive and informed decisions. He has bravely inherited a brutalized system that nearly destroyed our nation. Remember, only eight years ago, our government turned over a budget surplus to the incoming administration? His tolerance of a preordained government-controlled media is an inspiration. It is fools talk to suggest that the current media is in any way different than media of decades past. It was a long and draining eight years, full of secrecy, lies and illegal activities, performed by a puppet, and controlled by selfish and destructive interests.
Having tolerated such digressive tactics for so long, I now feel a rise of hope. No one has the silver bullet that can eradicate the problems it took eight years to create. It saddens me that some Americans, anxiously jump at opportunities to undermine the efforts Obama is making, to steer us out of this oppressive decline. If anyone has constructive ideas on how to improve our crippled system, please bring them to the table. I welcome positive, well-thought-out criticism.
If all an individual can offer is deconstructive smack, it might be best for him or her to consider a change. America is the only country for me. I vow to love and protect her, and support those who lead her forward. It's time to shake off negative attacks and heal our wonderful home. I am proud to be an American.
John Bulson, Durango