by Chuckie Corra, Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 10:17:54 AM EDT
I'm beginning to see the reasons why I voted for Barack Obama in 2008. With the passage of the no doubt historical healthcare legislation, although with much work needed, Obama has defined himself as someone who is determined to work hard and show no fear when pursuing tough agenda items.
Healthcare, however, was not the primary reason I voted for him. Throughout the Bush Administration, the vision of America had been distorted. We were seen as less of a country who was willing to help, and more of one who was willing to control. Our doves were overpowered by our eagles, and the worldview of the United States was certainly not positive.
Bush perpetuated a vision of "shame-be-damned, caution to the wind" mentality was willing to bludgeon other countries with Thor's America Hammer.
This vision, I believe, changed with the election of Barack Obama. A more rational and warm approach to foreign policy was brought in when he was inaugurated January 20, 2009 (the same time I personally was in a hospital bed bearing a newly acquired "harry potter like scar," but thats a story for another day.)
During this time, peace and cooperation were synonymous with Obama's name, and hope and change were the figureheads of his campaign and the early days of his presidency. I believe they still are.
Restoring America's reputation as a compassionate (yet strong) country was important to me when I cast my vote on election day, and I believe Obama has started to deliver. The recent cooperation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama have proved very promising with the reduction of nuclear weapons and furthering better relations with our former Soviet Union friends.
Obama called the pact a step toward "the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." He said nuclear weapons "represent both the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time."
Source: Huffington Post
An landmark agreement, due to be signed April 8 in Prague, would help to reduce nuclear arsenals in both countries. Both Russia and the United States seem to have genuine interest in creating a more nuclear-free world, and this is a refreshing site to see.
Though being disappointed in the past, I remain cautiously optimistic that this will be the beginning of many great things for both Russia and the United States.
Baby steps America... Baby steps.