As the people of this great nation struggle to come to grips with all that is happening and has happened, which has dramatically changed a way of life as we once knew it, many look to Washington DC, the President and Congress for leadership and answers In this connection, more and more focus is on the President, who he is, where he came from, what he does, what he believes, what he says, what his plans are, what his intentions are, and goals of his leadership.
He came into power in 2009, on a wave of popularity, and enthusiam, leading with a mantra of “change, change, change.” It was the banner of all his charismatic campaign speeches. Somewhat non-specific, but change into something different, nevertheless.
Now almost two years into his position as president, there has been plenty of change. “Another day older and deeper in debt, we owe our souls to the company store,” as the Tennessee Ernie Ford song goes. Trillions in debt, millions out of work, home foreclosures at a record high, exorbitant taxes, which are about to zoom higher; staggering cost of two wars, banks failing, and on and on the changes taking place. While constantly being told things are getting better. No, they are not getting better, but going from bad to worse.
We are not living in an era of communication by smoke signals, nor horse and buggy days, riding along with blinders on the horses, leading us ahead. This is the age of information, and plenty is available free of charge for anyone to be informed about the truth of what is taking place in this country.
President Obama did promise transparency, in his change of Transformation of America. And we as Americans have been privy to information relative to this transformation. The question is, Why have we allowed it to take place? Why are so many angry, frustrated, disenchanted, upset and scared? And just now, seem to be slowly awakening to what has happened?
This is a nation of mostly smart, intelligent citizenry. Why are so many acting as though they are in a stupor, unaware of what is taking place? While there are many well-informed people writing and speaking out, the majority are not listening – until the news about the Muslim mosque in New York stirred folks up.
It seems as though all the news and controversy over the building of a Muslim mosque near the site of the bombed-out trade center in New York, has done more to awaken the American people than anything else. Like a catalytic converter, it has done more to stir the intellectual nettle of the American people than any other event.
Along with such news stories by Fox news about the honor killings of Muslim children, plus recent news stories about Muslim stoning to death of women, to news about the massive murders by the military Muslim officer at Fort Hood, Texas, to many acts of terrorism by American- and foreign-born Muslims, slowly there is an awakening in the American people as to what, who and how, this transformation of America has taken place.
Now, many openly question just who this leader of this country really is. A man who lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, from age 6 and 10 years old. Went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country. And states in an interview: “My father from Kenya, probably labeled Agnostic, his father was Muslim.”
In an interview by a Chicago news columnist, conducted with Barack Obama March 27th, 2004, in Cafe Baci, and published in BeliefNet, in its entirety, he talks at length about his religious beliefs and his membership in Jeremiah Wright’s church in Chicago, when he accepted the Christian faith.
A question asked by news columnist Falsami, in the Obama interview: “Do you think it wrong for people to want to know about a civic leader’s spirituality?” Obama responded, “I don’t think it’s wrong. I think political leaders are subject to all sorts of vetting by the public, and this can be a component of that.”
Accordingly, a few days ago, in a speech before Muslim Ramadan members, President Obama spoke of the Muslim right to erect a mosque near the 9/11 bombed-out twin towers. Something the majority of Americans vehemently object to. And it is this speech which has caused the American people to rise up and question the sincerity of his professed Christianity. Ramadan refers to Islam’s holiest month.
In Afghanistan, as reported in World News, a poster greeting US troops outside a base mess tent reads, “May you have a blessed Ramadan.” The news reports that radical Islamists believe that martyrdom during this time of Ramadan is a guaranteed ticket to paradise. A time when 60 Americans died in June, 66 killed in July, fighting for those poppy farmers celebrating Ramadan.
Now in this current news cycle, there is an explosion of discussion about the Muslim religion, prompted by the President’s speech relative to the building of a one-hundred million dollar Muslim mosque in New York, supported by Obama’s tacit approval of vetting by the American people relative to components of a leaders religion.
With reference to Obama’s remarks about his spirituality and religion in the 2004 interview, many have been very critical of his explanations. However, I personally thought he came across quite well, with one exception.
But this is six years later and he has been in charge implementing one Socialist program after another to transform America from a Country of individual Freedom, operating in the Free enterprising system of voluntary exchange of goods and services, to a nation transformed to an entirely different system, in violation of the Principles expressed in the US Constitution, without a shot being fired.
I have read his interview six years ago, and the one remark which leaps out at me is when he said: “I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, we are all children of God.”
Agreed we are all children of God, however in the Bible, it was a question asked, and never answered, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” President Obama chose to answer that which God did not. He emphatically states, “I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.”
While living a life in the lap of luxury, as President of the United States, taking from the haves to give to have nots, and re-distributing property, taking from producers and giving to non-producers, reflecting upon what he stated: “I am my brother’s keeper,” appears to me to be his propensity to fulfill his prophecy. To speak as a medium between man and God, by expressing his answer to a question God did not choose to answer, according to the Bible.
His statement, given to a newspaper columnist six years ago, may not have appeared as any big deal back then before he became President. However, in view of all the socialist programs he has implemented, which have put this country into debt by trillions, it is very significant. And on the eve of ending the so-called Bush tax-cuts, which no doubt will exacerbate the heavy burden on the citizens of this nation, his statement “I am my brother’s keeper” takes on more significance, and very revealing as to his meaning of those words.
With reference to his speech before the Ramadan Muslim group, relative to Religious Freedom in this country as expressed in the US Constitution, everyone knows that anyone can believe anything they choose in this country. Everyone knows we all have a Religious Right to believe whatever we choose. That’s not what the majority of Americans object to. The building of a Muslim mosque close to the ground zero in New York, where thousands died because of Muslim terrorists, is totally aside from Religious Rights. It’s about the Rights of those who lost their lives as a result of the religion of Muslim terrorists. It’s about those who come to this country intent upon destroying those Rights we all know we have. A big difference in a belief in religious freedom and acts of massive destruction.
The religious extremists who committed the horrible destruction on 9/11 abhor religious Freedom. The President’s speech about our First Amendment Rights, before the Muslim group, intentional or otherwise, seems to be giving some credence to actions, not Rights.
Another statement he made during the 2004 interview: “I think that particularly as somebody who’s now in the public realm, and is a student of what brings people together and which draws them apart, there’s an enormous amount of damage done around the world in the name of Religion.”
There you have it from his own words, i.e., he knows what brings people together and drives them apart in the name of religion. Obviously his speech has driven the majority of Americans together in their opposition to the Muslim mosque and has driven them apart from him and his take on the subject. Despite the fact some still support him, his popularity is dropping like a brick in water.
“Oh what good ere t’would do us to see ourselves as others see us.”
The British statesman Edmund Burke said: “Those who have been intoxicated with power – can never willingly abandon it.”
And the Father of The American Revolution, Samuel Adams, said: “How strangely will the Tools of a tyrant pervert the meaning of Words.”
Then there’s the quote by Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.”
Another statement President Obama made recently is about everyone being equal. Which brings to mind a quote from the French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville: “Some people have a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with Freedom. I believe it is easier to establish an absolute and despotic government amongst a people in which the conditions of society are equal, than amongst any other, and I think that, if such a government were once established amongst such a people, it would not only oppress men, but would eventually strip each of them of several of the highest qualities of humanity. Despotism, therefore, appears to me peculiarly to be dreaded in democratic times.”
LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC