Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the details of my daily life–or the details of the latest political PR stunt–that I forget I’m fortunate enough to live in very interesting times. Well, fortunate or cursed, I’m not sure which one. What I do know is that this is not a peaceful era in our country’s history. As Grumpy Cat might say, “Good.”
Say what you will about the Obama administration’s achievements, his has not been a boring presidency. He has been a Messiah to some–as we’ve found out this week–and an Antichrist to others. I have yet to meet someone with a neutral opinion of Obama. And that in itself is a good sign–if you’re not hated by anyone, you’re doing something wrong.
The country is not a neutral mood, either. The Tea Party is trying to organize a constitutional convention–a meeting of the states to protest the direction of this government and to propose amendments to the Constitution. State legislatures in two-thirds of the states would have to vote for this convention to happen, so who knows if this is something that will ever get off the ground. Still, conflict and secession are in the air, as they have been pretty much since January 2009.
I wonder how we’ll look back upon this time decades from now. If health care reform turns out to be beneficial to Americans, will Obama be remembered as the heroic President who made it happen? Will we erase all the controversy and name-calling, the way we’ve done with JFK, and be left only with pictures of the new Camelot, of the glamorous First Family? Will progressives do to Obama what conservatives did to Ronald Reagan when they wiped away all the wrinkles of his presidency and turned him into their Messiah? Or will we continue to remember this as a contentious time, perhaps as the first rumblings of a deeper split in this country, or–if the threatening noises from Russia and China are any indication–the prelude to another global war?
I will be the first to admit that I don’t have the answers to any of the above questions. Whatever the case, I’m excited to be here to witness all this and to write about it, however inadequately. Despite the Chinese curse, I never did want to live in bland times.