Obama, Gettysburg, and a Revelation of Character

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

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“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).

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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.

The York Daily Record added:

“…Instead, he is sending us a little-known Cabinet member to do the job of a president, of a statesman, of an orator.

Unacceptable.

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…” 

Whoops.

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.”

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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.

obamacare screw 824 times 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?

ronald-reaganWhat 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.

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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) 

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About the Author:

GregWardWVMy name is Greg Ward, and I’m honored to be a new guest contributor at “Two Heads Are Better Than One“. 

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”.  

Please stop by, leave a comment, and let us together put America back on the path of freedom one blog post at a time.

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39 responses to “Obama, Gettysburg, and a Revelation of Character

  1. Greg….LOVE your writings, my friend….and you certainly rose to new heights with this amazing post.

    Frankly, I’m a bit surprised that BHO is NOT going to be there to speak at the event. Given his track record, I would see him confidently strolling to the microphone and lecturing us on the “racist” past of our Country, and how HE is still working to right those wrongs TODAY.

    BHO’s “likely” speech:
    “Seven score and ten years ago today, the racist element that existed in those states where citizens cling to their guns, religion, and racism, met their defeat at the hands of those who now make up the Democrat Party.

    Now, as then, we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, and so full of Tea Party Conservatives, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of bureaucracy, lies, over-regulation, and a great need to redistribute the wealth. I have come to dedicate a portion of this battlefield as a final resting place for the founding principles, Constitutional adherence, and the greed of capitalism. It is altogether fitting and proper in MY mind that I should be the one to do this.”

    • Thank you PGH, and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of your terrific site and among such immensely talented bloggers!

      I love your “speech”, and believe we could fill volumes of history as re-written with progressive “spin” (ie. lies). Unfortunately, we can also merely look out of our windows and see the damage to our republican ideals being done every day in the here and now. I keep waiting for Obama to take off his shoe and bang it on the table, for there is now doubt he intends to “bury” our liberties. As you say, to give “a final resting place for the founding principles”.

      If his actions, ideology or intent were actually reported by the media, he would find himself quickly in the “dustbin of history”. The progressive beast abhors the light of truth – and our job is to shine as brightly as we can.

  2. Ditto for me Greg! Love to read you. 🙂 Keep it up! I can’t imagine who is really THAT upset Zippy isn’t attending this; Libs don’t care and Conservatives should know better. Besides, it’s a very historical, deep and meaningful time for our country…who needs Obama sullying things with his presence? It’s bad enough we know he’s still there in the White House.

    • So true Wendee – the event is far too solemn to besmirch with his partisanship. Besides, would he erect more Greek columns? Funny, but I don’t remember Lincoln needing those.

      Thanks for reading and for your supportive comments always!

  3. Awesome job, Greg!!
    Thanks so much, partner: this was excellent, as always…

    😀

  4. If 2 heads are better than one….then three are even mo bettah. 🙂 (a three fold chord cannot be broken) I’ve followed Greg’s blog since JTR turned me onto him and I agree. He is 100% spot on and a great writer. He embodies the American spirit and is brutally honest.
    As to this blog, Greg you are again spot on. I’m shocked that the leader of the free world would miss an opportunity to speak at such a prestigious and historical event. But for him to blot the name of Lincoln by trying to place himself in the same ballpark is despicable.
    You guys keep up the great blogs and may God bless America.

    • Thank you LibSlayer my friend – you are a great encouragement (plus I always smile when I say “LibSlayer”). As for being shocked, I wish I were more shocked, but after five years of daily shocks I fear I’ve become numb to the madness. Progressivism is all a Big Lie, but sadly if you repeat it enough, people will believe.

      Together we can shock them in 2014 and 2016 – but first we must fight every day to awaken the American people! Thanks for helping us do just that.

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  6. Great post Greg. And I liked PGH’s iteration of a possible Obama speech.

  7. Great post, tip of the hat, and well said. I am a little surprised he is not “speaking”(if that’s what they call his lectures.) It’s a royal chance to rub our nose in his spite. Maybe he thought enough people wouldn’t be listening, or maybe because it wasn’t a fundraiser, or maybe his base really wouldn’t care? But the irony remains he purposefully divided this country to the best of his ability. Then again, its all about him not America.

    • Thank you and I couldn’t agree more about Obama’s motives. We have never faced a president so unready for the office, so opposed to the very idea of America. Destruction is much easier than building, and his tearing down of our politics and culture – his debasement of our liberties – will take a long time to repair. It won’t happen at all without people like you – so thank you, and thanks for your comments.

  8. JTR: I don’t know the reason but I know the explanation. Something like, “Because of the REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN, I had to cut speechwriters and they still have not recovered or caught up. So ask the Republicans why…”

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  10. Truly inspiring writing….it certainly reminds me why you and I and many others write the truth out here. I can only aspire to write as succinctly as you did in this piece. I feel your passion through your writing, and it aspires me to do more. I was tired of sitting on the sidelines, so now I am attempting to reach out and change people’s minds through my writing. I look forward to following you in the future.

    • Thank you Paul. I too began to be troubled by my own inaction, wondering who would stand if I did not. I appreciate your kind words and I am glad to have you on board. Good luck on your own mission to speak up!

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  12. I live in Central Pa a little North of Gettysburg and the people around here really did not care if he comes to Gettysburg or not. His actions of purging our military and ruining our economy is an embarrassment to the American people. Comrade Obama does not deserve to walk on the same soil as Abraham Lincoln and the tens of thousands of young Americans soldiers who perished during this bloody battle of the Civil War. In fact he is the last person many of us in Pa would want to come to our Historical Town and Battlefield.

    • Beautiful country – we took our kids camping up there last year to walk Gettysburg. We were overwhelmed with the import of our surroundings, and equally charmed by the town and townspeople. I agree in that I do not wish Mr. Obama there, but as President we should have felt compelled to speak for our nation. Not going must be his own admission that he would fail to speak for us, fail to speak for the idea of America that Gettysburg represents.

  13. Thank you Paul. I too began to be troubled by my own inaction, wondering who would stand if I did not. I appreciate your kind words and I am glad to have you on board. Good luck on your own mission to speak up!

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