How Many Days Left?

Obama_Joker_smThe temporary resident of our American White House can suck on his bottom lip all he wants but the error of our ways will end in seven hundred and fifteen days.

If nothing else, these two four years terms should be proof positive that whether it may be good looks, emotional oratory or a stylish swagger that may border on the jive, these and other feel good motives will produce what America can ill afford.

During this time of national sacrifice, the absence of pro-American leadership defines a dereliction from duty. And judging by its lengthy duration and consistency, one would not be far off the mark in considering it rooted in the realm of treason.

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While as a candidate who refused to wear the American flag lapel pin, for fear of taking sides or who didn’t place his hand over his heart as our national anthem was being played may head the list chronologically, other discourtesies and questionable actions, such as bowing to a foreign head of state, or his recent “America isn’t a Christian nation” remark all contribute to a loyalty portfolio which stirs suspicion.

All of this, from his initial campaign to his re-election victory, originally came about from a rip roaring emotional speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; a divisive oratory style which continues to appeal on and around the college circuit.

As with most street corner salesmen, the longer the oratory, the more likely is the overlap, the contradiction. When six plus years of non-performance is combined into the original premise, one begins to see not only how easily we were deceived but how shallow are the emotional tugs when devoid of any follow up.

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As stated, Obama took off with his 2004 convention address which highlighted America’s social and governmental shortcomings. Included on his list were “a war with no end,” “a dependence on oil,” failing schools and paycheck shortcomings while working harder. Obama concluded that these problems were simply from “the absence of sound policies and sensible plans.” The purpose of his remarks was in presenting the one who understood, who recognized and who would care enough.

But as with most sidewalk lawyers, their stumble comes from their excess chatter. In that same speech, Obama continued with, “The failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.” These, he reasoned, were contributing factors yet six years later, the same shortcomings not only remained, they represented his political ploys and stepping stones! While he may roll up his sleeves onstage, his toil ends when his mouth stops moving.

Now, on the other side of the ledger, and as our Forefathers charged, it is “we the people” who are the true sovereigns and as such are the most responsible for the government that we live under. As free people, our duty is to ensure that those who represent us are of noble and honest character, since the gavel of authority often succumbs lesser mortals.

It is therefore vital that understanding and knowledge precludes our vote selection. In hindsight, we wonder as to “how could I have voted for him” yet at the time, we remember being too busy or “distracted by the petty or trivial” to spend a serious moment reading or really listening in earnest.

On February 11, 2007, long before the 2008 elections, there ran a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, written by Los Angeles Times columnist, Mark Z Barabak, of which the previous quotes were borrowed. Later in the article, Mr. Barabak writes, and I quote him in part, “Obama, 45, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white American mother…”

With this stipulation noted, and remembering the questioning of McCain’s citizenship, given that he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, wasn’t it reasonable to apply the same challenge to Obama. The fact that our media remained unmoved and quiet signals a frightening scenario, given the little “wiggle room” offered when the picture of a Kenyan father is presented as fact. For this to remain under the surface, and to expect that it would for a year and a half, represents a monumental conspiracy coupled with an overall public ignorance.
In view of this colossal deception, is the American voter so apathetic that centuries of legal standings now become secondary in nature? If part of our Constitution is to be ignored so easily, will other sections follow?

The intent of the “natural born citizen” clause was to ensure the highest order of patriotism and loyalty. Parents had to be American citizens at the time of their child’s birth. Our Forefathers considered the loyalty factor as being quintessential for being president which in turn, would assure the highest levels of leadership. Our first president, George Washington, personified these qualities.

The future is ours to hold. Good looks and emotions should be left in Hollywood. A record of performance and a professed American loyalty should always top our Presidential considerations. In recent times, the absence of both caused four deaths in Benghazi.


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Jim Bowman is a 67 year old drafted Vietnam veteran, and a retired boiler maker with 31 years of service. He has been published in numerous newspapers in Florida and Philadelphia, is the author of This Roar of Ours, and the publisher of the Americanism of our Founders website. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
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