We’re welcoming a guest blogger today at ‘Two Heads…‘: Greg Ward.
A tremendous writer, Mr. Ward is still relatively new to the blogging world and we strongly suggest that you bookmark his blog, right away.
Thanks for being here, Greg!
—JTR & GBL
“In the end, Barack Obama simply didn’t have the stones. It’s sad. And telling.”
– (Donald Gilliland, a journalist for the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA).
President Obama angered and disappointed many by announcing recently he would not be attending the 150th anniversary celebration of the Gettysburg Address on November 19th.
“…Instead, he is sending us a little-known Cabinet member to do the job of a president, of a statesman, of an orator.
President Obama’s retreat from Gettysburg will linger, long and bitter…”
Does our Nobel Laureate President lack the “stones”? What could possibly cause the self-proclaimed healer of the planet to miss an opportunity to give a speech commemorating one of our nation’s greatest moments? Indeed, Mr. Obama loves to compare himself to Mr. Lincoln, even taking the oath of office using Lincoln’s bible. How to explain this strange decision by the President?
Maybe Obama worries he will again misspeak on another solemn occasion:
“…On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong…”
Or perhaps the answer lies in Mr. Obama’s plummeting job approval numbers, as his
political campaign…I mean, presidency collapses under the weight of the scandals of Obamacare. The President must now realize, as the nation increasingly does, that his lies about “You Can Keep Your Plan…” are not mere political setbacks. The entire edifice of Obamacare is built upon fraud and deception, a deliberate and calculated lie repeated endlessly to the American people with malice aforethought.
Mr. Obama isn’t in the same league with Lincoln; not even close. As Lloyd Bentsen might say: “I served with Abraham Lincoln. I knew Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was a friend of mine. Mr. Obama, you’re no Abraham Lincoln.”
Maybe during the government shutdown, when the President refused to negotiate with the people’s duly elected representatives in Congress, he had time to read about the great Mr. Lincoln. Imagine his chagrin when he stumbled upon this admonition:
“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
Though the MSM prove daily the second clause of that last sentence, and the electorate have twice confirmed the first one, maybe now the wisdom of the last clause is dawning on our dear leader. When he ponders the immensity of the occasion of the Gettysburg Address, in the midst of the bloody and horrific Civil War, Mr. Obama cannot help but be repulsed by how very far short of Mr. Lincoln’s measure he falls.
As the curtain rises on the deceit and corruption of his Administration, as his relentless aggrandizement of power at any cost is exposed before an incredulous world, Lincoln offers him no comfort:
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
For what are the President’s lies if not a perversion of our republic? There is no context, no slip of the tongue, no oversight, no “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” – there is only a lie.
His signature law passed because of a lie. It is funded as a result of a lie, advertised and enforced on behalf of a lie, and it remains law due to that very same lie. Every single time he spoke those words, he knew he was lying. When he spoke those words, over the course of years, he knew that the exact opposite was true.
It would be as though the audience in Gettysburg that day 150 years ago had learned from Lincoln that the entire war was actually against Spain. And that the soldiers weren’t dead, merely “transitioning“.
Mr. Lincoln warned us. He knew the American spirit as few others have. He ordered brave young men into battle, he walked the front lines, met the grieving widows, visited the horrible destruction the war wrought. Lincoln knew the mettle of Americans, that we could not be defeated by enemies, only by ourselves – by trusting the untrustworthy, by empowering the power-hungry, by forgetting the lessons of history, by losing sight of sacrifice:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
President Obama knows naught of sacrifice. He lied to fuel his own ambition, heedless of the cost to our nation and to our democracy. On another anniversary, a far greater man and President did not shrink from celebrating one of our nation’s great victories, paid for with American lives. President Reagan recalled the sacrifice of the “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” on the 40th anniversary of D-Day:
“You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it?
What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.”
Not even thirty years ago, and yet Presidents seemed so much larger then, …or smaller now. Small enough to mock those beliefs worth dying for, to attack the faith of those American boys. Small enough to know loyalty only to themselves, and love only for power.
President Obama will not speak at Gettysburg, and “it is altogether fitting and proper” that he does not speak on this hallowed ground.
Gettysburg stands for more than a long-ago battle, however crucial; for more than a speech, however grand. Gettysburg binds us as a nation, washing us in the sacrificial blood of our fathers and baptizing us in the cleansing waters of freedom. Gettysburg is about heroes and about grit, about independence and determination, about suffering and loss and redemption.
Above all, Gettysburg is about CHARACTER – our nation’s, and our own.
Lincoln spoke of character:
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
We know the character of Mr. Lincoln, a great man made greater by his response to circumstances not of his choosing. It’s entirely fitting that even now children first learn of him as ‘Honest Abe’.
In contrast, our current Commander In Chief is a lesser man made smaller by his own avarice, machinations, and deceit.
We now know fully the character of President Obama, and are assured that history will bestow to him a distinctly less kind appellation.
“I’m not upset that you lied to me. I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – (Friedrich Nietzsche)
About the Author:
I believe in the ideals upon which our Founding Fathers built our nation, that freedom and liberty are our inalienable birthright and do not come from the largess of an all-powerful state. I am a proud father of six kids, the husband of an amazingly gifted woman, and an amateur blogger at “In Veritate Fortitudo“, which means “In Truth – Courage”.
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