I Don’t Know Of What U.S Constitution and America Obama Was Referring To In His Inaugural Address; Not That Anyone Really Cares. He Does Sound Good Don’t He?.

Mr. Obama started in his inaugural speech by praising the strength of our nation’s Constitution. But, then he goes off on a tangent referring to things that have nothing to do with either our nation’s founding principles or founding documents; in particular the Declaration of Independence.

First, let’s give Mr. O credit for finally admitting that we Americans are exceptional.  But, we were NEVER promised a democracy.  If so then the word democracy would be found somewhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.  It is not!  But Article 3, Section 4 does guarantee us a “republican form of government.”   When he speaks of the patriots not fighting to replace tyranny of kings with the privileges of a few or mob rule, he sounds confused.  Because during the times of kings they were the government, and by definition mob rule is a democracy.  Of which he has shown by his actions that he wants nothing more than to greatly expand both infinitely.

When he says that, “we the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.”  Was he referring to Communist China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, or some other such nation that he holds in suppressed honor and regard?  Because my recollection is that this nation has been the economic marvel that all others have driven to attempt to imitate and still today many of other nation’s citizens cross blistering deserts and shark-infested waters to be included in – illegally and legally.  And it has been the free-spirited individual’s ability to dream and work hard to achieve beyond his wildest dreams to become successful and wealthy.  History does tell us that it is when government expands and eats up more money in the economy, the soup lines expands amongst the people.  It is only most recently, in the past four years, that there are more Americans on welfare, on food stamps, and chronically unemployed and sitting idle, thus not being able to make it.  But, lets not let that get in the way of his story. An argument can be made that we are in the mist of a ’29 depression without the Media plastering pictures and news of it.

The main thing that I found fundamentally glaringly flawed from Mr. O’s speech is that though the Declaration does state that we are all CREATED equal, it doesn’t mean that we are all created to remain so.  And if that is the case, it is not the job of the government to then attempt to make us so.   As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas have said that, “…America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.” and that, “Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.”

All throughout the speech it was all about what government should do.  Nothing was stated about the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence, individualism.  Much unlike JFK’s inaugural speech when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”, or Ron Reagan’s when he said, Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem…. We’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.”  Or even Jefferson’s speech at our nation’s infancy said, “Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind, let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty, and even life itself, are but dreary things,” … “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. … We are all Republicans. We are all Federalists.”

Our nation, even with its issues, corrections, and readjustments, as every other nation has had to some degree, has two things that separates us from all others and enables us to be truly exceptional; they are our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  What those two documents so fervently proclaim is that it is the individual’s freedom to his life, his liberty, and thus the pursuit of his happiness – not necessarily the possession of it – that is paramount; not that of the collective.  For it is bestowed to him by the Creator.  And for that to be accomplished government must be small and most unintrusive.  It is the President who should wholesomely reflect, recite, and resemble these principles, and not attempt to us remake them in his own vision, image, or ideology that are intellectually repugnant to their very principles.  For it is those founding documents that can truly unite us and strengthen us if they are truthfully  implemented, applied, and understood as they were intended.  For it is those documents that make us Americans.

What Are The Consequences When No One Trust the President’s Words

Confucius said, “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion…”  A more familiar way of saying that may be, to mean what you say and say what you mean, because your words do carry weight; especially if you happen to be a leader or the president of the United States.

In 2009 the citizens of the United States elected Barack Obama to be their president.  Many voters took for granted that he would first live up to the traditional values of the American people as well the previous occupants of the most prestigious of political offices.  But what may have been most assumed is for the man who occupies the Office be honest and of high moral standing.  I know that Men being Men we are all flawed creatures, so forgiveness is often generously applied.  But the track record of Mr. Obama should raise eyes brows of even the most passive political spectator.  I dare believe that no words are spoken with as much weight as those spoken by the president of the United States. Since becoming president Mr. O has taken positions verbally on some of the most pressing to ever face this nation and the world representing not only the people of America, but the Office. Positions that this man have taken and the verbalization of them  must leave even the most forgiving amongst us wondering whether he doesn’t know of the words that are coming out his mouth, or he is consciously engaging in Orwellian double-speak or Bernaysian verbial deception.

Here is just a sample of Mr. O’s strikingly curious verbal statements that may make you say huuummmm.   Last year on September 11, for the first time since the Carter Administration, a U.S foreign consulate was invaded and a head U.S Ambassador killed, along with three U.S servicemen in Libya.  For over a month Mr. O and his administration fervently claimed that the attack on the Libyan Consulate, as well as subsequent attacks on other U.S embassies in the Middle East was all due an extremely obscure You Tube video showing the Muslim Prophet Mohammed in an unfavorable light.  Mr. O sought the United Nations as a stage to most publicly claim that it was a video and an American’s inappropriate use of his freedom of speech and expression that was the cause of the mass “spontaneous” uprisings that set the Middle East ablaze.  Very much like the “spontaneous” uprisings that sacked the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.  But, reports show definitively that the White House not only knew that the Libyan Consulate was vulnerable, but knew within 2-hrs that the Consulate was attacked by a well-armed radical Muslim group, Ansar al-Sharia.  A U.S drone was miraculously on the spot just in time to video tape the assault real-time.  So did Mr. O and his entire administration and the U.S government intelligence organization take stupid pills and to become totally dysfunctional, reminiscent of Sept 11, 2001?  Why did the president publicly present himself and the government to be total incompetent idiots?

Mr. O seems to have an perpetual hard-on when it comes to piling more taxes and regulations on the nation’s producers and means of production at the same time he speaks publicly of wanting to grow the economy.  First, let’s resolve this notion that the nation’s wealthy do not pay “their fair share”.  The most recent report from the C.B.O, the Congressional Budget Office, shows that though the wealthiest taxpayers earn approx. 50% of nation’s income, they pay more than 70% of the nation’s taxes. He has even stated in the past that his dogged want for the rich to pay more in taxes has NOTHING to do with growing the economy; it is all about “fairness.”  And even after stating in his 2011 State of the Union address promising “When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them,” he has gone on to pile more costly shackles on the nation’s means of wealth production and businesses at a cost of more than $10 Million annually in regulatory regulations, with more slated for his new term.

More so, when our nation is reported to have more natural energy resources than anyone in the world, particularly coal, Obama ties an even larger albatross around the industries necks at a cost of Millions and Billions in jobs, research and development, economic and energy independence for the nation as a whole.

And now he’s wanting to do in his second term what he dared not do directly during his first term facing re-election, an all out assault on law-biding citizen gun ownership by applying more regulations and restrictions, under the guise of protecting the children.  Never mind the fact that there is no proof that strict gun laws prevents gangs and criminals from obtaining guns or that jurisdictions with such strict policies have less gun violence than those who encourage guns in the hands of it’s lawful citizenry.  In fact studies show the exact opposite, three States with the strictest restrictions on guns in the nation are California, New York, Illinois, and the District of Columbia having the highest rates of gang and gun violence. He still presses on.  Maybe he understands that the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with the citizen’s protection from his neighbor or his ability to hunt necessarily, but a tyrannical government.

Mr. O is the master of saying and doing what we want to hear and see, and then doing the exact opposite off stage and behind close doors. The extraordinary energy that he expends on issues that seem to lead the country in directions that are counter to his stated objectives and reasoning and are most dis-advantageous to the prosperity of this nation’s posterity is truly amazing, as he publically claims innocence of the results.  Are we to believe that this is all some grand oversight or a point of astonishing ignorance by a man and his advisers who have every resource that the newspapers that I have gotten my information?  This former Community Organizer is unlike any president the American people have ever encountered.  He is an extremely unabashed ideologue who is not swayed by typical political consciousness of a traditional politician.  He is on a stated mission to fundamentally change this country and facts of arguments, or the lack thereof, the Congress, the American people, or the Constitution be damned.

I may not have the answers, but what I am most certain of is that if Mr. O were a head of a sports team or entertainment conglomerate and have made so many blatantly false and absurdly contorted statements of facts and truths, and placed his team or organization in such an vulnerable and grave position financially and so negatively effected its functioning he would be drummed into the unemployment line, if not brought up on criminal charges, by mass public condemnation.  But, unfortunately he is of the political class, of which too many of the people of America and United States place comparably far less importance on.

Even though there are many of us that may not be paying attention to this man’s actions and mode of operation, the leaders of other nations are and they are using it to their greatest advantage.  And even for those who strive to be unaffected by politics and uninformed on such weighty issues, they are inevitably affected by the actions and moral constitution of the man who sits in the seat of the president.  If that man is one believed to be of high moral character and honest, or the opposite thereof, the nation will take on his persona.  Think of the times when men such as Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan were presidents even during the most trying times of the nation, the people looked towards them to get their key on how to act, behave, and proceed.  Their party affiliation didn’t matter.  There was still a high trust factor. There wasn’t much, if any, question that their intentions for this nation were good. The head of the Executive Branch, the Commander of the U.S Armed Forces, and the representative of the people of America, the president of the United States is more than just a face, but is meant to represent the best of us all.  Or reveal us at our worst.

If the words of the president ever were to become a running joke to the American people or white noise, to be treated with reluctance and suspicion than confusion, reluctance, and chaos is sure to follow.  For it will be then that we will become a people divided with no central figure who is seen as trust worthy and honorable that will work for our best interest and bring us together as a nation.  It is then that the Office of the Presidency will be relegated to third-world nation’s level.  And it will be simply because we, the people, did not demand more.

If The Child Runs Amuck, Look First At The Parents

As we look at the drama and terror being perpetrated by our nation’s youths, attention is being focused on guns, drugs, such as Ritalin and Prozac, and violent entertainment, such as video games and TV or movies.  While all of these issues may be elements of the unprecedented violence and social degradation involving young people as young as 10 years old, there seemingly is an extreme reluctance to look towards failed parenting, particularly the contagion of single-parent households.

In a study reported in the U.K’s Dailymail.co.uk September 2011 issue, Why grandparents secretly think THEIR children are such poor parents, it highlighted what I call “buddy-parenting”.  It’s when parents are more concerned with being the buddy of their child more so than being their disciplinarian.  They have forsaken the responsibility of actually raising their children, that they created, and giving that responsibility to others, or the government. They go to great measures to see that their child’s esteem is never damaged, that they rarely, if ever, hear the word no or given strict boundaries to govern their actions and measure their responsibilities.  Their child is rarely, if ever, taught to be accountable for his or her actions, or that his or her actions have consequences, both good and bad.  But, maybe must important is that their child is rarely, if ever, taught that there is something greater than themselves,i.e. a God, or to respect authority, even if the authority figure is the parent themselves.

I don’t think that anyone can look in our past where there has been so many reports of young people running amuck not just committing property damage or petty theft, but assaults and murders with seemingly impunity or such a lack of fear of retribution.  When I was growing up and left home I knew that I was representing my home and my parents.  There used to be a saying, “act like you have some home training.” Isn’t it funny how we don’t hear such moralist sayings these days?  And if I was to ever mis-behave in public, I knew to expect some form of retribution, i.e. belt to the behind or doing extra chores, to be brought by my parents, or authorized surrogate or stand in. I would not be given a pill nor “time out”.

But that type of culture seems to be so repugnant to today’s America that to even hint at reinstituting discipline to children, such as corporal punishment by parents, i.e. belt to the behind, to have them show humility or respect  by saying thank you, excuse me, no ma’am or sir, yes sir or ma’am, allowing for children to feel the sting of failure and rejection, or to let them know that they are not adults at the age of 5, therefore they will respect authority and be subordinates till he or she earns or reaches a proper level or age of understanding, is seen as near acts of child cruelty. Picking up or even touching my dads guns or taking my parent’s property without their permission never ever entered my mind when I was young and living in their home; let alone taking one of his guns and going on a killing spree.  Running around with a bunch of other kids and acting unruly causing damage or crimes was feared more by what punishment would be brought by my parents and the shame and embarrassment to my family more than anything anyone else could do to me.  Acting discourteous or disrespectful towards either of  my parents or grandparents or seeking to harm them in any way, even to this day, is no less foreign of a thought than my going to the Moon and Mars. For they created me.  And all that I am or will be is due to them.  A lot of you can relate. Or is it just me?

Can you ever imagine seeing a young lion cub sniping at the head lion of the pack or being disrespectful?  Do you think that that pack would last for long as a cohesive and well-functioning unit allowing such behavior to fester and grow? I dare say the whole social order of that pack would disintegrate and leave them vulnerable to their enemies.  This is what is happening to our society.  We today are beset with generations of young people growing up grossly over indulged, with an overly exaggerated belief of entitlement, with no or little respect for authority and elders, and with no or little understanding of the relation between actions and consequences.  And if that is the case than the first to be examined should be the quality and qualifications of the parent or parents to teach and raise him or her properly.

Children are born good, until they learn or are conditioned to be otherwise.  Similar to what Ben Franklin said outside of the Continental Congress in Philly after the signing of the Federal Constitution, “we have a republic, if we can keep it.”   We as Americans, unlike any other nation, are the creators [parents] of our government, particularly the federal government. We created it.  We gave it instructions  and boundaries on how to act and conduct it’s business so as not to bring shame or dishonor to us, as a people and as a nation, via the Constitution. A good argument can be made that the government today, with its gross over-spending, acting seemingly with no regard to accountability or respect for traditional mannerism and conduct, is behaving like little children grossly over indulged, with an overly exaggerated belief of entitlement, with no or little respect for authority and the people who they serve and who created them, and with no or little understanding or care of the relation between the actions that it takes today and the consequential effects that they will have on the nation’s posterity.

America was established to be the greatest republic ever.  But the Founders knew and understood that it would take eternal vigilance, caring, and strict overseeing by the American people to keep their government in line.  Just as it takes the same effort from the parents of children to keep them in line.  But we as Americans have spared the rod far too often and have allowed our government run amuck, disrespecting the traditional values of the elders, acting without accountability, and taking liberties of the people without knowledgeable consent or permission.  The only pill is the reestablishment of a politically engaged and vigilant populous who are willing to take responsibility for their own actions as well as those the elected servants and hold them accountable when they get out of line.  Because at the end of the day what ever the government is, or is not, is owned by the American people.