public enemy #1..obama?

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve a stack of articles cut from the Wall Street Journal which I’d wanted to share, eventually. Upon review, I toss those that are no longer relevant. You can imagine my surprise when I came across the following from 2/14/11, which begs the question “In light of recent events, what say you now?” And I mean specifically as it pertains to President Obama’s loyalty to America?

Obama Isn’t Trying to ‘Weaken America”
by Michael Medved

Some conservatory commentators may feel inclined to spend President’s Day ruminating over Barack Obama’s evil intentions, or denouncing the chief executive as an alien interloper and ideologue perversely determined to damage the republic. Instead, they should consider the history of John Adam’s White House prayer and develop a more effective focus for their criticism.

Oil painting of John Adams by John Trumbull.

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On Nov. 2, 1800, a day after he became the first president to occupy the newly constructed executive mansion, Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”

More than a century later, Franklin Roosevelt ordered the inscription of these words on a mantel piece in the State Dining Room, inviting serious consideration over the extent to which divine providence responded to the earnest entreaty of our second president.

In terms of wisdom, some of Adam’s successors who “ruled” under the White House roof most certainly fell short. James Buchanan comes to mind–or Jimmy Carter.

When it comes to honesty, skeptics might also cite heaven’s mixed blessings, reviewing a long history of presidential prevarication. Richard Nixon almost certainly lied about Watergate, as did Bill Clinton about his amorous adventures.

But in the deeper sense that Adams longed for “honest men” to occupy the White House, the nation has fared much better: Those who rose to the highest office worked hard, took their responsibilities seriously, and sincerely pursued the nation’s good–in order, if nothing else, to secure a positive verdict on their own place in history.

Even the most corruption-tarred presidents, Ulysses S. Grant and Warren G. Harding, agonized over the demands of the office and drew scant personal benefit from the scandals involving unworthy associates. They both retained the profound affection of the populace while they lived and drew massive outpourings of grief at their funerals. Both (especially Grant) have begun a recent rise in the estimation of historians.

President John F. Kennedy and daughter Carolin...

John F. Kennedy may have suffered from sex addiction (and a host of other secret maladies) while Franklin Pierce drank heavily in the White House (in part in mourning for his 11-year-old son who died before his eyes in a train accident two months before the inauguration). But neither man ignored his duties, and both had previously demonstrated their love of country with courageous military service.

In short, the White House record of more than 200 years shows plenty of bad decisions but no bad men. For all their foibles, every president attempted to rise to the challenges of leadership and never displayed disloyal or treasonous intent.

This history makes some of the current charges about Barack Obama especially distasteful–and destructive to the conservative cause.

One typical column appeared on Feb. 5 at the well-regarded American Thinker website, under the heading: “Obama Well Knows What Chaos He Has Unleashed.” Victor Sharpe solemnly declares: “My fear is that Obama is not naive at all, but he instead knows only too well what he is doing, for he is eagerly promoting Islamic power in the world while diminishing the West.”

These attitudes thrive well beyond the blogosphere and the right-wing fringe. On Jan. 7, Sarah Palin spoke briefly on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, saying, “What I believe that Obama is doing right now–he is hell-bent on weakening America.” While acknowledging that “it’s gonna get some people all wee-weed up again,” she repeated and amplified her charge that “what Obama is doing” is “purposefully weakening America–because he understood that debt weakened America, domestically and internationally, and yet now he supports increasing debt.”

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Cover of The Roots of Obama's Rage

The assumption that the president intends to harm or destroy the nation that elected him has become so widespread that the chief advertising pitch for Dinesh D’Souza’s best-selling book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” promises to “reveal Obama for who he really is: a man driven by the anti-colonial ideology of his father and the first American president to actually seek to reduce America’s strength, influence and standard of living.”

None of the attacks on Mr. Obama’s intentions offers an even vaguely plausible explanation of how the evil genius, once he has ruined our “strength, influence and standard of living,” hopes to get himself re-elected. In a sense, the president’s most paranoid critics pay him a perverse compliment in maintaining that his idealism burns with such pure, all-consuming heat that he remains blissfully unconcerned with minor matters like his electoral future. They label Mr. Obama as the political equivalent of a suicide bomber: so overcome with hatred (or “rage”) that he’s perfectly willing to blow himself up in order to inflict casualties on a society he loathes.

On his radio show last July 2, the most influential conservative commentator of them all reaffirmed his frequent charge that the president seeks economic suffering “on purpose.” Rush Limbaugh explained: “I think we face something we’ve never faced before in the country–and that is, we’re now governed by people who do not like the country.” In his view, this hostility to the United States relates to a grudge connected to Mr. Obama’s black identity. “There’s no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily.”

Regardless of the questionable pop psychology of this analysis, as a political strategy it qualifies as almost perfectly imbecilic. Republicans already face a formidable challenge in convincing a closely divided electorate that the president pursues wrong-headed policies. They will never succeed in arguing that those initiatives have been cunningly and purposefully designed to wound the republic. In Mr. Obama’s case, it’s particularly unhelpful to focus on alleged bad intentions and rotten character when every survey shows more favorable views of his personality than his policies.

Moreover, the current insistence in seeing every misstep or setback by the Obama administration as part of a diabolical master plan for national destruction disregards the powerful reverence for the White House that’s been part of our national character for two centuries.

Even in times of panic and distress we hope the Almighty has answered John Adam’s prayer. Americans may not see a given president as their advocate, but they’re hardly disposed to view him as their enemy–and a furtive, determined enemy at that. For 2012, Republicans face a daunting challenge in running against the president. That challenge becomes impossible if they’re also perceived as running against the presidency.

(Mr. Medved hosts a daily, nationally syndicated radio-show and is the author of “The 5 Big Lies About American Business” – recently out in paperback by Three Rivers Press.)

A couple of things come to mind in reading this article. One is that Palin speaks plain, but she doesn’t make sense in an arena larger than the bubble in which she moves. Secondly, I think she and Limbaugh are two of the cleverest people around. Why would they ever change their platforms when they have a following for which Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Beyonce would sing their hearts out. Even sweeter, Palin and Limbaugh are laughing all the way to the bank. Why should these two give up the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg? They aren’t dummies!

One final observation is that while conservatives like Palin and Limbaugh abhor Obama personally and politically, there are liberals who abhor him just as much because he’s not annihilating those same conservatives. I’ve seen extreme-left blogs whose writers have turned their backs on the man they elected, because he hasn’t stampeded over anyone getting in his way to effect all that he promised. It seems Obama shouldn’t spare the sword, and  he should definitely take no prisoners. Off with their heads!

I know of no person in a relationship, any relationship worth its weight in gold, who doesn’t believe in compromise. Why is that so impossible in politics? In the current environment it feels as though the populace is neither conservative nor liberal, but rather we are either venutians or martians. We look different. We act different. We don’t even speak the same language. Sadly enough, it may be that Barack Obama has been the catalyst to this unearthly event…a black man…a muslim name……………………….      no right to be America’s president.

sad…but maybe too true…hugmamma.  

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4 thoughts on “public enemy #1..obama?

  1. Yes. I really don’t understand the persistent hatred that’s out there for Obama. It may have more to do with underlying racism than any of us realizes.

    I think he will look not black, but golden, in the history books.

    I believe he is a good man who cares about the country and is trying to do a good job. I think politics in this country has made doing a good job nearly impossible.

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    • The white presidents, all of whom had their own failings, personally and politically, have not had to deal with the birther issue. Through his campaign and now well into his presidency, Obama is still required to prove the legitimacy of occupying a job to which he has already given almost 3 years. He’s not an alcoholic, a womanizer, a felon, an abuser, and yet he seems to be the worst possible person for the job because he’s a black man, with a muslim name, both crimes of the parents revisited upon the son.

      I wonder if the essence of the president could be reborn into the body of a Caucasian, and his name was John Smith, would he then be deemed worthy of the presidency? Not that I have a problem with a white man being president. I voted for George W. Bush, twice. Not necessarily a proud moment, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt. As I did with all the white presidents for whom I voted. Just as I’m giving a black man with a muslim name the same benefit of the doubt. Unless a better candidate comes along…

      i’m giving him the same benefit of the doubt…the next go around…and every other free-thinking american can do the same…hugmamma. 🙂

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  2. Barry Obama/Soetoro may be a wonderful, patriotic American white/black man. He may have the best interest of this
    country at heart. So, if we are not to criticize his loyalty (as Medved, whom I listen to everyday, advises), can we critique the
    people that Mr. Soetoro/Obama surrounds himself with? Let’s begin with one Frank Marshall Davis. Soetoro calls Mr. Davis his ‘mentor’ as he was growing up in Hawaii. Davis was an avowed Marxist who fled Chicago and moved to Hawaii where he befriended Soetoro’s grandad Stanley Dunham.

    Then we have a William Ayers. Mr. Ayers has a colorful past, you know. In the 60s, he co-founded the radical, Marxist group the “Weather Underground”. He and his wife were convicted of blowing up a police station and attempting to blow up the Pentagon. They were against the Vietnam War and supported the Viet Cong. He has been quoted that since they did not kill anyone, they did nothing wrong. Just last week he again refused to apologize for the bombings saying that they should have done more. When asked about his knowlege of Ayers, Obama/Soetoro said that Ayers was just someone who lived in the neighborhood. Funny thing, though. Ayers hosted Obama/Soetor’s Senatorial kickoff campaign at his residence. Prior to that, Soetoro/Obama was hired by Ayers to be the director of the Annenberg Foundation WHICH AYERS FOUNDED. Did our President lie?

    – Soetoro/Obama’s green jobs ‘czar’ resigned from that post when Marxist declarations and affiliations were exposed.
    – Soetoro/Obama’s Muslim faith advisor recently proclaimed that our rights of freedom of speech, as declared in our Constitution, is a”myth”. I wonder what he meant by that?
    – His Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, once refused to call terrorism by that name. Instead, she referred to it as “HUMAN CREATED ABERRATION”!
    – Soetoro’s Attorny General, Eric Holder, has yet to prosecute members of the “New Black Panthers” who were video taped by the media, intimidating white voters at a polling booth in Philadelphia. Yep, they even wore their “Black Panther” uniforms (black leathers and beret) and were brandishing night sticks. In the congressional hearing on this incident, Holder said something like . . .I can’t charge my people.
    Well, I could go on listing more (I have a book right here with me) but, it would bore you. As far as Medved is concerned, he is more Republican than Conservative. Or, he may be afraid that, if he should ever reveal what he knows, he may not be invited to ‘liberal’ partys anymore. Finally, if we are to believe that Soetoro/Obama has only good plans for this country . . . .he sure associates with some strange people (who seem to hate America).
    p.s. Why do I call our President “Soetoro”? Well, in his book “Dreams of My Father”, he states that he was adopted by his mothers 2nd husband, Lolo Soetoro of Indonesia. If Soetoro/Obama is telling the truth, then he just admitted that he is ineligible to be President since he does not meet the “natural born’ critieria as called for in the Constitution. Even if he reapplied for U.S. citizenship, he would at best be a “naturalized” citizen. Also, their is that problem of his “African” father on his recently released birth certificate(?). Dual citizenship. Oh well . . . .brace for impact
    Aloha from a makule kanaka

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    • Obama is a loyal American. If all presidents were held responsible for those with whom they associate, there might not be any good candidates for the office. I’d hate to be held liable for those I consider friends, or even acquaintances. Just as I’m certain you’d not align yourself with EVERYTHING Rush Limbaugh stands for, including racial prejudice towards blacks.

      And I see the birther issue is still a problem for you, even after Obama presented the long form of his birth certificate? Adopted children now have to worry about their citizenship? Please Ben…I’d like to think you can finally accept that a black, muslin-named man is our president. I’m not defending Obama in everything he does, only that he does have equal rights like other American citizens. He campaigned, and won the presidency almost 3 years ago.

      let’s move beyond the time warp…and the prejudice…please…love your sis…hugmamma.

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hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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