Today as I watched the televised broadcast of the dedication of the George W. Bush library in Dallas, Texas I was awed by the extravaganza of the event. As well as all the speeches, the huge crowd of visitors, notables from this country and abroad, and the size of the Presidential Library.
Five living Presidents attended, and Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush all spoke. Everything seemed so perfectly orchestrated, and set to music. There is something ingrained in some of us, that stirs one’s emotion of pride in this great country, listening to our Presidents speak, at such events and coming across with such seemingly pride and love of Country.
Regardless of what they said or did, I always liked Clinton and Bush. I never cared for Carter, despite the fact he came from my home state. President Obama comes across as very likable, but I’m so in disagreement with his policies and governing. He’s one so loved by many and so vehemently hated by others. Mine is pretty much indifference to him personally, but very much disagree with the direction he has taken this county, in his “Transform America” mantra during first campaign.
I felt President Bush came across in his speech today as being very loving and caring about Freedom and this country. He projected the same personna, during and after the crisis of 9/11. I thought he displayed great leadership, as this nation mourned over the destruction in New York and the twin towers. His words gave hope we would survive and things would get better.
However there was a period when I felt animosity towards him, stemming from the adverse effects the patriot act had on me personally. Specifically because my drivers license was cancelled for five years, because my birth date did not match my Social Security number, required by the patriot act, I was informed.
Despite this claim by the Georgia DMV, the reason it was cancelled was because the DMV had made a mistake typing in my birthdate. And their mistake was the reason the dates did not match as required by the patriot act. I was denied driving privileges five years as a result.
Then I vehemently disagreed with his reasons for going to war with Iraq. But he was the president elected to protect this nation from foreign and domestic enemies. And I do believe he acted out of love of Freedom and Country.
I thought he gave an excellent speech this morning at his library dedication. He very clearly articulated his love of country and Freedom, explaining his convictions to expand Freedom came from his teachings of Principles, from whence his convictions came. And from his entire speech emanated his warmth and love of Country and Freedom, very sincerely.
Gave me a good feeling just listening to him, and thinking his brother Jeb Bush might be the one to run for President in 2014, if he can get his ducks in a row about improvement in education, which in my opinion must be dismantling the public school system. But going up against the powerful NEA union would be a monumental task. And the crowd receiving a share of the 50 billion plus of tax-payer money receiving it.
The current Obama administration of the nanny state, giving so much away to so many, it will be very difficult for anyone to win the presidency, against “free.”
I always enjoy listening to Clinton talk. In my opinion a very smart politician, and a very charismatic individual.
Both Carter and Obama gave very nicey, nicey talks this morning, but their methodology of governing speaks so loudly, rings louder than nice words to me.
President Bush is the only one I heard use the word Freedom several times. A word taboo in many circles. I’m one who loves hearing others express their love of it. Especially politicians, which is a rarity nowadays.
The pleasant expressions, the pomp and circumstance, the music and singing, the display of flags, and the beautiful Presidential Library in the background, reminded me of just what this country is capable of creating and celebrating. And reported the funds came from private donations. A testament to that which can be created with out tax-payer money if that’s true. So what can we do to reverse the direction of this country.
First of all there’s too much time, money and energy used blaming President Obama. There needs to be recognition we the people put him in office twice, because he’s what the voters wanted. What’s so enigmatic about conditions, actions and results taking place in this country? What is so puzzling we can’t see the woods for the trees. Until we recognize the fault lies within us and not outside ourselves, we are hopelessly locked into a losing situation.
We can begin by understanding Freedom, and only by understanding it, and have a burning desire for it, can we expect anything other than a worsening of conditions. If we no longer speak about it, we can easily change that by talking about it, openly and freely. That’s a start. Getting past the fear of talking about it.
LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC