He said that, during this upcoming midterm, voters needed to look ahead not to the next election, but to the next generation.
This point is obvious, but how many of us actually consider it? In a culture where immediate gratification is everything, where it seems few people have the patience to work out the biggest issues that have faced our country since the Great Depression (and thus are quick to back out of supporting any particular cause), have we forgotten that it's not just about us, not just about right now? I voted for Obama, and I continue to support him and his administration because I believe in what he says and what he does, but I know that these things take time. Reasonable people understand that these things take time. And yet, two years after Obama's election, some Democrats are scrambling to disassociate themselves with his campaign. Why? They're catering to that immediate gratification. They're bowing to the whim of the fickle general public (if you don't believe me that the public is fickle, consider parachute pants) because they sense frustration with the tempo of those changes the campaign promised, instead of standing up and saying "it will happen, but it will take time."
Jon Stewart asked President Obama (I paraphrase), "if you could go back to your campaign, would you still say what you did, would you still say 'Yes We Can,' or would you be more pragmatic, knowing how difficult this has been?"
Obama replied, "I would say 'Yes We Can,' but it won't happen overnight."
I want to start a discussion. Is it possible that the fickleness of the voting public of recent years, the way the political parties seem to bounce back and forth in power, is being exacerbated by the nature of our 'culture of immediate gratification'? Because we expect results and expect them right now, are we unconsciously setting the standards we expect of our elected officials too high (in terms of achieving goals and campaign promises)? Or are we just as we always were, only now able to hear about it faster? Are we more selfish now (because the focus is on "now" and not "later"), such that we can only see the next election, and not the next generation?