From James Thatcher of Bel Air:
At 70 years of age, I can remember no President who has so divided this country as has Mr. Obama. Even under Jimmy Carter, whose ideology differed so greatly from my own, I was able to think of him as “my President” because when he spoke, he spoke to all the people. Can you imagine FDR attacking political enemies in his fireside chats…or Ronald Reagan accusing Tip O’Neil of hostage taking? Reagan’s admonishments were usually directed at deserving foreign nations (as in, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.)
Our current POTUS, on the other hand, misses no opportunity to disparage those who don’t drink from the far left cup…even moderates in his own party have felt the chastising and wrath of this administration. And, of course, the mainstream media never calls him out unless one of his failures is so egregious that they are forced to jump on the bandwagon…as they did on the recent Obama care rollout disaster.
The president and his lieutenants have referred to conservatives such as me and the Tea Party as “hostage taking terrorists”, “legislative arsonists”, “anarchists” and just plain “terrorists”. While I’m not formally a tea partier, I am familiar with their values and their platform. They are peaceful citizens who love liberty and want the federal government to spend within its means. They also want to eliminate waste and reduce the size of government. Their “radical” platform goes like this:
– Eliminate excessive taxes
– Eliminate the national debt
– Eliminate deficit spending
– Protect free markets
– Abide by the Constitution of the United States
– Promote civic responsibility
– Reduce the overall size of government
– Believe in the people
– Avoid the pitfalls of politics
– Maintain local independence
That “common sense” platform is considered to be radically to the right by the President and his team. Could it be that the real extreme are those disparaging the Tea Party?
Conversely, Obama, Pelosi and others of their ilk, have embraced and supported the actions of folks like “Occupy Wall Street”. They, among other things, believe in:
– Engaging in direct and transparent participatory government (in light of Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS targeting of conservative groups…they’ve got to be joking)
– Empowering one another against all forms of oppression (referring to big business, aka the job producers in our free market)
– The sanctity of individual privacy (in light of NSA spying on US citizens, again, are you kidding me?)
– Believe that education is a human right (don’t like that the “establishment “ is requiring them to pay back student loans)
– That the military and police force have prevented freedom of the press (when the national media clearly have the President’s back)
All this while occupying public grounds for weeks and months, leaving their mess to be cleaned up at the taxpayer’s expense.
Leaders are supposed to lead, to bring opposing sides together, to negotiate for the common good, to represent all the people. Mr. Obama chooses to divide and conquer. Even in his second term, with no election in his future, he continues to act as “Campaigner-in-Chief”, further dividing the electorate.
So, when I hear the president speak, he is clearly talking to “other” constituents. He’s not talking to the producers; not to the job creators; not to the middle class who have worked and saved their entire lives only to fear for their retirements; not to the folks who believe that free markets and American entrepreneurship and ingenuity made this country great…he is definitely not talking to me…or including me…no, I’m sorry Mr. Obama but you have chosen not to be my President!