07/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Now More Than Ever -- Stand By Obama

NOW we'll see who has the attention span and fortitude to see things as they are. Who on the Left is "disappointed" with President Obama? Raise your hands then hang your heads in shame.

From this former lifelong Republican, once religious right leader, who used to be on the "other side," but who saw the light and worked his butt off for Obama (having once worked for McCain in 2000)-- a word of observation:

Not tough enough on Iran? Do you want to undermine the slow motion revolution against tyranny by having the American president wade in foolishly -- as Bush would have -- providing an excuse to dismiss the demonstrators as "tools of the Great Satan?"

Not fast or hard enough on health care? Does Hillary Clinton's plan ring a bell? Do you want results or just posturing?

Not far enough on gay rights? Do you want change or a conservative counter revolution and another 30 years of culture war?

Bailed out the car companies and banks? President Obama inherited the wind. He's still picking up the pieces.

What's your problem? You're not satisfied with nationalizing the auto companies? Give the guy a break -- he's doing everything he can to turn economy around so that we can start investing again in the public realm.

So far every promise Obama made is being kept in the way it has to be kept: with one eye on idealism and the other on reality. To the left: stop acting like children. This is governance, and wise governance at that. Remember, Obama is a strategist.

President Obama's chances of carrying out the rest of the progressive agenda depends on the solidity of his support. Chip away at that and it is self-defeating. This is the time to hang in.

Where do you think the country would be if we'd elected McCain?

Would they have given him a standing ovation in Cairo?

Would our economy be recovering?

Would we have a better strategy in Afghanistan?

Would the moderates have won in Lebanon?

Would the regime be being challenged in Iran?

Would medical reform even be on the table?

Would gay American be making any progress at all?

My dad used to say, "If you want everything or nothing you'll always get nothing." He was right. My old friends on the right are just waiting for the Left to commit ritual suicide. We are on the cusp of greatness. Have faith. And don't squander this chance of a lifetime.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the forthcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion (Or Atheism)