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.