In his speech delivered in Independence, Missouri today, Barack Obama said:
George Washington is rightly revered for his leadership of the Continental Army, but one of his greatest acts of patriotism was his insistence on stepping down after two terms, thereby setting a pattern for those that would follow, reminding future presidents that this is a government of and by and for the people.
Abraham Lincoln did not simply win a war or hold the Union together. In his unwillingness to demonize those against whom he fought; in his refusal to succumb to either the hatred or self-righteousness that war can unleash; in his ultimate insistence that in the aftermath of war the nation would no longer remain half slave and half free; and his trust in the better angels of our nature – he displayed the wisdom and courage that sets a standard for patriotism.
And it was the most famous son of Independence, Harry S Truman, who sat in the White House during his final days in office and said in his Farewell Address: “When Franklin Roosevelt died, I felt there must be a million men better qualified than I, to take up the Presidential task…But through all of it, through all the years I have worked here in this room, I have been well aware than I did not really work alone – that you were working with me. No President could ever hope to lead our country, or to sustain the burdens of this office, save the people helped with their support.”
Here are some of my thoughts….
1) It would have been very patriotic for FDR to have followed Washington’s example and stepped down after two terms. However, the Socialist FDR chose to act like the Presidency was a lifetime appointment. Rather than a government of and by and for the people, he decided to give us a government of and by FDR, and for the Socialists. FDR gave us the government-run ponzi scheme of Social[ist In]Security. FDR attempted to expand the Supreme Court to fifteen justices.
Ostensibly, this was to ease the burdens of the docket on the elderly judges, but it was widely believed that the President’s actual purpose was to add Justices who would favor his Socialist New Deal policies, which had been regularly ruled unconstitutional by the Court. This plan, referred to often as the Court Packing Plan, failed in Congress. The Court, however, moved from its opposition to Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, rendering the President’s effort moot. In any case, Roosevelt’s long tenure in the White House allowed him to appoint eight Justices to the Supreme Court (second only to George Washington) and promote one Associate Justice to Chief Justice.
FDR was no patriot, he was a megalomaniac.
2) The “unwillingness to demonize those against whom he fought” line is meant to neuter us in our fight against the Islamic fascists who want us to “submit or die”.
3) Is the line about “the better angels of our nature” part of that new age spirituality being promoted by Oprah?
4) It would have been nice if all of those who suffer from BDS would have had the decency to do what Truman said and supported our President. Both Republican and Democrat members of Congress pledged to support the President and sang “God Bless America” on the steps of the Capitol Building on September 11, 2001. They didn’t keep their pledge very long, did they?
5) Since Obama claims to be a Christian, and mentioned Harry S. Truman while speaking in Truman’s hometown of Independence, Missouri, why didn’t Obama mention this Truman quote?
The most important business in this Nation–or any other nation, for that matter-is raising and training children. If those children have the proper environment at home, and educationally, very, very few of them ever turn out wrong. I don’t think we put enough stress on the necessity of implanting in the child’s mind the moral code under which we live.
The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.
If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.
Truman obviously agreed with the Supreme Court decision in 1892 which said, “this is a Christian nation.”
But Obama doesn’t believe that. Obama says America is ‘no longer Christian‘.