I am becoming increasingly concerned about the mind- set of some
American citizens and their ability to reason. I'm sure that with this
opening sentence someone has already labeled me. Using terms such as
"citizen"; "patriot"; "American" and the like are now perceived by
certain Americans to be negative. I am an African American who voted
for Barack Obama in 2008 based on my evaluation of his candidacy, what
he stood for, and my belief that he could do what he said he would do.
I have a genuine like for the President, which has nothing to do with
my evaluation of his success in office thus far. The two points are
mutually exclusive. I know how to separate out my emotional connection
to him and my logical assessment of his performance. Because I am not
happy with his job performance, I run the risk of being called a sell
out, disloyal and whatever else. Can't wait to be called a "racist"!!
I really don't understand this phenomenon. For any white person who
consciously voted for Obama, and doesn't vote for him again the "R"
word automatically applies to them.
In my professional career I have terminated a number of people I
truly liked. Termination became necessary when sub-standard job
performance jeopardized the stability and success of the business. The
issue of poor job performance was always the driver and in most cases
the person being terminated knew that his work performance was
unsatisfactory. Feedback was always offered long before the
termination and an improvement plan went into affect. The mid term
elections and the recent decisions in NY-9 and Nevada can be viewed as
performance evaluations for the President. He has made a conscious
decision not to accept or listen to the feedback. If he is not
re-elected in 2012 he will have a very difficult time accepting the
fact that he himself was the reason he did not get re-elected.