Perhaps this is best shown by looking at some of the words they used in support of their causes. Let's take a look at a few past examples of how the words were meant to inspire, teach or warn of what American needed to do or be concerned about. Prime examples don't necessarily include exact quotes but instead a simple statement of their message:
George Washington: "America doesn't need a king, we just rebelled against the idea of a monarchy". Washington could have been a king if he wanted to, that's how much he was revered by the fledgling nation's citizenry after his success against the British. But Washington, ever the statesman and always looking for the best form of government for the people, yearned for a leadership position which would only allow the occupant to hold office for a set period of time, thereby avoiding any potential of creating a new royalty.
Abraham Lincoln: "A house divided cannot stand". Lincoln knew that a divided America would ultimately destroy the nation that was founded with such promise. And while many question the degree of power that he assumed to keep the nation together, no one can question his desire to resolve the conflict and then treat the vanquished fairly. Many of the reconstruction problems faced in the South would probably have never surfaced had Lincoln survived. He was not a vindictive man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". Like his policies or not, no one can question his ability to rise to the occasion to build a fighting force and a public spirit needed to successfully win a World War covering both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Roosevelt was the spirit of hope and strength that America needed at that particular time in her history.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Beware of the military-industrial complex". Having led the Allied Powers to victory in Europe as their Commander, and then serving eight years as President, Ike very aptly warned America of the dangers of a burgeoning military-industrial complex where the ties of business and the military class found war to be a good way to pump up an economy. He hit the nail right on the head and we still suffer today from this connection. Who could have understood it better than the man who led a huge and complex force into the "iron cross" of Europe?
Ronald Reagan: "Government isn't the solution, government is the problem". Reagan clearly stated the fact that government produces nothing, it merely takes a significant portion of the gross domestic product and often unwisely uses it. It also takes the resources it wants using the power of force. He realized that the growth of government was the prime factor in the loss of individual freedom and liberty.
Whether you personally agreed with these men or not, it is clear that they were intelligent, alert and aware of what was happening around them while trying their best to improve our lot. Sometimes they succeeded, sometimes they failed, but no one doubted their sincerity and that they were truly Americans.
And now today we have Barack Obama, a man with no training or background which would make him a good President, just a man who likes to campaign and is good at it. He is also a man who has sealed his records so that no one really knows from where he came or what his core beliefs and values are. And what is his memorable quote which I offer this day: "Just sue me". You really can't make this up.
When Obama gets frustrated by not getting his own way 100%, he blathers on saying that the Republicans aren't willing to work with him. Time and time again he has made verbal commitments, then reneged, and has violated the Constitution by exceeding powers which are granted to his office. Republicans tried again and again to compromise a position on the national debt only to have Obama demagogue the issue and demand his wishes, thus leading to the government shutdown which he and his mainstream minion press blamed on the Republicans instead.
Such episodes which also show his true character and unwillingness to work as the Constitution include Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the outrageous treatment of stockholders in favor of unions in the GM takeover, the VA disaster, and now the border surge among others. And his single handed approach snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in military struggles with his hapless foreign policy directed by a State Department made up of left wing dreamers not real diplomats.
Each of these things were done to get his way by any means necessary and when he gets called on it and the public learns the truth, he whines like a petulant five year old. As Americans learn more and his polls drop, he doesn't care. He is dedicated to his faulty ideology and his belief that America must be punished for her sins. The one country that has done more to stabilize the world and maintain a balance internationally is weakened by a true believing ideologue.
The funny thing about his quote is that it appears that the House of Representatives is going to sue him but, in the meantime, the country is headed on a railroad whose track leads to a collapsed bridge. Disaster is lurking in the now not so distant future and there aren't many days left if we are to avert the tragedy that will ultimately bring our nation down. And all for his dogma, narcissism, and ego.
It's time for America to rise up as one, be you liberal, moderate and conservative and tell President "Sue Me" that his lack of abilities are noted and that we no longer choose to follow his edicts, but the Constitution as law instead. We are a free country and we will follow a course to truly build up America, not continue to break her down. Good people finally pulling together instead of apart can do this. We have more in common than we realize, and if we only communicate instead of yelling at each other we can change our ways.
And what's the best way to do this? Clean house in Washington, DC. Bring in new blood and new faces and never again allow our government to be run by professional politicians. Remember, there is no occupational classification for a politician, it's supposed to be a commitment to serve as a citizen legislator, then return home. That's what they did in the early times; that's what needs to happen today.
God bless America and let's get to work.