Although the election is long over and the American people have spoken, we as a people must continue to voice our opinions about the future of our great nation. We, the people, have a right to be included in the discussion for a better America.
I understand the importance of fostering hope in a time when many face personal and economic hardship. Patriotism and a firm belief that the future is not as bleak as the present is necessary to sustain involvement in the economic and political processes.
Hope, as said, is not a strategy. It is a belief in a person, or a system, but it is not a way to fix a broken system. It is part one of the process; we must now begin to communicate part two. We as a country need a transparent government that explains just exactly how it expects to improve the economy, create jobs, and better the lives of American citizens.
On election day, America spoke and voted for President Obama under the impression that he would move the country "forward." Now, we need to understand just what that forward is and exactly what it entails. We need specifics.
I agree with the above statement, however, given the outcome of the election, I'd say "hope" was a fairly good strategy. Though it may have been lacking in specificity or an actual game plan, a message of hope clearly resonated with Americans during this tumultuous time. A very strong conservative friend of mine said just days before the election, "I'm voting for Romney because I believe in his proposed policies and that he truly is the better option for America, but if I had to choose which candidate I'd rather have lunch with, I'd choose Obama any day." Regardless of partisan stances, Obama had a remarkable way of connecting with the average American. His charm, rhetoric and visibly genuine family interactions made him an incredibly likable candidate. For many Americans, I believe that his likability strongly affected their trust and belief in him to do his job as our nation's president in another term. Had Romney taken a similar approach, perhaps results may have differed.