Proud To Be an American

November 6, 2008 · 6 comments

I’ve managed to stay away from politics on this site that is supposed to be a weight loss blog, but given the events of this week I just can’t ignore this post from Mark Cuban, who echoes my own sentiment (except that I voted all Democratic this year, something I haven’t done in a long time. I just had to vote against Michele Bachmann, for example). I’m hoping the McCain supporters in my readership can forgive this one slip and stay subscribed.

Here is Mark:

I voted for President Elect Obama.

The rest of my votes went almost exclusively to Republicans , Libertarians and Independents.

In looking at the Democratic platform, there are a few things I agree with, but on the economic side, other than being ok with him raising my effective tax rate to 40pct, there isn’t a lot of his economic policy that I do agree with him on. So why did I vote for him ?

Its simple. Having an elected black President will do more to energize this country than any economic or social policy ever could. In a single day of voting, our amazing country once again reinvigorated the dream that any child in this country, no matter what circumstances they are born into, can grow up to be anything they want, including President of the United States.

That dream, staying viable, being reinvigorated, will do more for this country than any economic policy or any legislation that could ever be passed.

I have said it before, the power of the American Spirit is what separates our country from every other. We have been able to overcome the stupidity that politicians do every year, and will do for ever more. The election of Barack Obama is a shot of adrenaline for those who felt they could never participate in the American Dream.

How do you stimulate and turn around the economy in this day and age ? Motivate those who in the past couldn’t , wouldn’t or didn’t, into those who can and do. Motivate those who can and do, to continue to innovate and increase productivity.

As any successful CEO will tell you, leadership, vision and motivation has far more impact on results than any tax cut or increase. While I prefer lower taxes, I can tell you that no entrepreneur or CEO worth a damn in this country gives up or works less because of a change in tax policy. In this country you work harder to achieve your dreams and goals.

I can honestly say that I never thought that I would see a black President in my lifetime. I’m incredibly proud and excited to be part of this moment in our history. I believe that the election of President Obama will energize many, many more of our fellow citizens to work harder to achieve our goals.

I’m Bullish on America.

I too am bullish on America.

I don’t understand how almost half of our citizens could have in good conscious voted for John McCain & Sarah Palin but I respect their right to do so.

I don’t understand why when you search for Barack Obama on Google that the number one suggested related search is Barack Obama birth certificate, but I respect your right to question his birth place. At least he wasn’t born in Panama.

I don’t understand all of the people that only think “black preacher” when they listen to Obama speak, and I certainly don’t understand how people can be an American without supporting their president.

Whether you agree with the war or not, you must support our troops without condition and I believe you must do the same with our leader. I really dislike George Bush, despite voting for him once, but if he needed me to do something I would do it.

That’s what Proud Americans do.

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Andrew is getting fit November 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

I was really pleased for America that Obama won. Now you guys can get back your reputation for being number 1.

I would like to think that this will go a long way toward helping. But you never know, certainly someone will find a way to spin it in the wrong way.

Mr. Meltdown November 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I think his intentions and plans for America’s future is good. I also feel that you made very good points about how winning this election will influence people on a very positive level. I think he is going to do well and I also support him as our new president and I am proud to be an American also.

It will be a very interesting first year, that is for sure.

MizFit November 7, 2008 at 6:28 am

gives me hope at least…in all aspects of my american life and for my daughters generation.

I can always use more hope.

Isn’t that the truth - me too.

Angie November 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Okay color me dumb but is Mark Cuban the basketball team owner who was on Dancing with the Stars - because really at the end of the day it is all about Dancing with the Stars. And what about that weight loss and fitness program? Even Marie Osmond dropped a few pounds after her stint on the show. I’ll go if you do :-)

Smiles and have a great weekend.

Indeed he is. I had forgotten that he was on Dancing with the Stars. He probably wants to forget it too. And you can forget about me going on there, I have three left feet.

Scale Junkie November 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm

It gives me hope. Just a few years ago I was living in Europe and the attitude shift towards Americans the longer GWB was president was so profound. It got to the point where I’d avoid speaking to anyone in public because I never knew who would scream anti American sentiment at me after hearing my accent. I have to say that I’m proud to be an American again. I feel like hope has been restored and for those expats still living abroad I know this victory for our country has them walking a little taller today.

I was watching some political show today and there was a GOP talking ahead complaining about how Obama is already starting to spend on a stimulus package without a plan for raising the money. So now they get a little fiscal responsibility? While Bush is still in the White House? I mean come on…

Cynthia November 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm

It gives me hope as well, though I don’t personally find it that surprising that a black man could gain the office. I am hoping I live to see a woman do that same thing one day.

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