As we approach this final weekend before the presidential election of 2012, my thoughts are flooded with all of the reasons Americans should keep Barack Obama from entering his second term. It seems as if there has been very little good news during the past four years. We can look at the specifics, which include terrible economic times, high unemployment and the escalating threat from nations hostile to the United States. A threat that has grown so unchallenged, that this White House stood by and watched as Americans, both civilian and military, were attacked and in some cases murdered on our sovereign soil at the Libyan Embassy. And the attacks are not just in Libya. Our own United States Constitution is under siege by the very same president who took an oath to protect and defend it. We can look at a soaring national debt caused by unbridled spending binges by this government. The same government that has refused to pass a budget during the entire time Mr. Obama has been in office, instead preferring to kick the can down the road for future generations to pay. We can point to numerous White House scandals, including Solyndra, Fast and Furious and the deliberate national security leaks for political purposes. And of course, taxes will rise punitively in 2013 for all income levels just as the tab for Obama Care is starting to kick in. The same Obama Care that now has control over one-six of our national economy by usurping healthcare at a price tag more than three times the original estimate used to push the bill through Congress. The same bill that a majority of Americans said they didn’t want.
Perhaps instead of dwelling on the past, we should look, as Obama’s campaign slogan says, FORWARD. Unfortunately, the only vision that Obama and his supporters can offer for the future is one of diminished expectations. In their mind, America is arrogant, wasteful and even stupid. We need 100,000 more teachers to educate us. We need more union influence. We need more government. We need more federal assistance. It’s as if America’s ascent as the freest, most creative and most affluent nation in the world during the last hundred years was a fluke. That would explain the president’s bizarre comment “you didn’t build that”.
Yes, we can look at specifics. But it begs the question: What is driving all this bad news and bad policy which has torn this nation apart, and in some cases, pitted friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor? Well, it’s been my experience that sometimes you need to go back to the beginning in order to explain the present. And Barack’s beginning has now been well documented with the likes of Bill Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. I understand that not everyone follows politics, so some of these names may not hold much meaning for you. But suffice it to say that all of them represent a significant level of contempt for American society. And with so much hate and vitriol, is it any wonder that their prodigy in the White House has brought with him so much dysfunction? If you don’t agree, then perhaps you should read this latest rant made by Rev. James Lowery as he addressed a Georgia church’s congregation last weekend. This is the same Rev. Lowery who gave the benediction at Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009. The same Rev. Lowery who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama on July 30, 2009. Please read these excerpts that are followed by a link to the full article published by Monroe County Reporter yesterday.
The only thing that followed him (Lowery) on the program was the “Star Spangled Banner. He said it was the first time in his life he enjoyed the national anthem; he said the anthem is “too militaristic.”
”"Most of my friends thought I was crazy; I came out early in favor of Obama,” said Lowery. “During voter rights in ’65, I never knew I’d live to see a black president”
”I don’t know what kind of a n—– wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” said Lowery. “All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.”
”We’ve turned our backs on the faith,” said Lowery. “America is going to hell in a hand basket. We need to straighten up so God can use us.”
Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.
Forsyth Mayor John Howard, a member of St. James who opened Saturday’s program, said he was “pretty shocked” by Lowery’s comments. He said if a speaker had made the same comments about black people, he would have gotten up and left.
Indeed. Could you imagine the media’s response under that scenario? So it brings me back to my original question. What is driving all this bad news and bad policy? Perhaps it is the direct result of a dysfunctional President of the United States. Children are profoundly influenced by their upbringing, their circumstances, their family, their authority figures and their friends. So considering Obama’s background and associations, is it any surprise as to why we are where we are? Think about that when you vote this Tuesday. As Mitt Romney said in one of the presidential debates, “We don’t have to live like this”.
He’s right, we don’t.