On Obama

obama-dis-the-flag.jpgBy now, most of you have seen the picture of Obama standing in front of the Flag with his hands clasped in front of him as he casually gazes off to his right.  Behind him are his competing Democratic Party member Presidential candiates striking a typical “hand over the heart” pose, while the National Anthem plays.

Snopes.com gives Obama every benefit of the doubt while makes every excuse possible to justify his behavior.  The photo suggest that Obama must have something in his psyche that makes it seem right to him to not even show a modicum of respect for the nation that has given so much for him to live in the comfort he enjoys.  Something indeed.
Is it too much to ask of a Presidential candidate to say the Pledge of Allegiance?
Obama said, “True patriotism is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.”
Webster said, “Patriotism is devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country.”
Obama’s spokesperson did not dispute the photo we’ve all seen, he said, “sometimes he puts his hand on his heart, sometimes he doesn’t.  He wasn’t making a statement, suggesting otherwise is ridiculous.”
Is it ridiculous to expect devoted love, support and defense of the United States by elected officials?
Is it ridiculous to expect devoted love, support and defense of the United States by Presidential candidates?
Is it ridiculous to listen to the excuses given to defend such examples of disregard for all the traditions of Americanism?
Maybe, especially when our nation is involved in a global war against terrorism — with terrorists who have attacked our nation and killed our people — with terrorists whose greatest wish to see all Americans beheaded. 

What happened to our standards?
The United States has only a few parallels in history of where our nation has been attacked from outside our borders.  Thus historical examples are difficult to show, but here are a couple:
Most of us remember or have read that the US was also attacked back in 1941 and then we launched into World War II:
How ridiculous would similar behavior to Obama’s have been in 1942?  Could a Presidential candidate have behaved in such a manner without having been pulled off the platform and beaten by the people there?
Some of might have read that the Washington DC was burned by our enemies in 1812, this of course was some of the opening blows of the War of 1812:
How ridiculous would similar behavior to Obama’s have been in 1813?  Could a Presidential candidate have behaved in such a manner without having been pulled off the platform and stoned by the people there?
In 2007, did anyone present even “boo” the candidate?  Was the camera person the only one who noticed? 
Hopefully, we’re all taking notice now. 
Our current politicial behavior doesn’t make sense. 
I understand that the Democratic Party members want to win elections against the Republicans, but can’t everyone just agree to respect this nation and the symbols of American (such as our Flag, the Anthem, and the Pledge), to be united against the enemies of our nation (less we embolden them to kill more of us), and then to debate the other issues honestly in order to decide the elections? 
Wouldn’t that make more sense?

14 Responses to “On Obama”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Loving all things dragon, I was quite happy to get this book. It delivers. There’s plenty of good action, characters you can easily envison and the author handles his biblical theme very nicely. The bad guys are bad enough, the good guys not too smarmy.I am looking forward to the next installment!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Dragoneers, what an awesome book, blended with fact, fiction, imagination, and wonderful dragons. If I had to compare this book with any other….I would say “along the lines of Narnia”.

    The ultimate battle of good and evil. The young woman Susah has strengths and powers she doesn’t realize as of yet, she has a hint in that she can hear the thoughts and feelings of others. Others are pulled into the lairs of Lilith, evil at its worse, but Susah has the discernment to sense evil. After seeing part of her family destroyed and as she tried to save her cousins, she meets her destiny by being saved by a special force. It’s when Susah’s destiny combines with the dragoneers, that she learns to fight the good fight in a world of dragons and epic forces of good and evil.

    This book by Charles Sutherland leaves you wanting more….and more is yet to come… .

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was a little worried when first reading this book as it’s based around biblical characters, however, they take only a small role.

    This is perfect for people who like fantasy books in general. I previously read the Inheritance Cycle and Harry Potter. This is as good as them and I really can’t wait for the next book. I bought this at the end of Christmas Day and finished it around 1 o’clock in the morning of the 27th. I just couldn’t put it down!!

  4. What a sweet little story! Mr. Sutherland took the origin of the candy cane (it’s more than “just a nice smelling barber’s pole”) and turned it into an entertaining tale to explain the real meaning of Christmas, which is so often lost to commercialization. It’s perfectly written for oral storytelling and is just the right length to hold a little one’s attention. Great for the kids…as well as the little kid in all of us.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Even the beginning of this book has surprises. I knew before I began it, that it was loosely based on Genesis and set in Antediluvian times. I did not know that Sutherland has created a world of wonder and great accomplishments in technology so that the long ago world is quite similar to ours. Yes, I was surprised to find innovative ways of transportation, shopping similar to ours today and even the same sins we see in today’s world. Though that last shouldn’t have surprised me I suppose. After all, Satan is an ancient creature and his servants are ever present.

    Sutherland’s conception of the days of Noah boggle the mind and the monsters found within it are loathesome. The Creator God shines above all else especially in the bravery of a young woman, Susah, the daughter of … no, I will not spoil that for you because I recommend that you read this book.

    ~ Amazon Customer Review

  6. Anonymous says:

    Like the MASTER, feeding the 5000 with a few pita breads and some sardines, Sutherland has taken a few scraps of information [what the Bible gives about the world before the Flood of Noah] and has multiplied those tidbits into a miraculous world, filled with dragons, giants, physical demons, and a host of other dangers. And it is a world populated by a very few who brave souls who are willing to stand against the too prevalent evil.

    WARNING: This fast-paced story is one of those actioners that is impossible to put down once you are swept into and captured by its fantastic world. The characters are so believable, that you feel you are right there with them in their joys and struggles; urging them on to overcome their flaws, wanting to help them in the conflicts thrust upon them; rejoicing in the triumphs of the good and cringing at the plotting and heartlessness of the wicked.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Mr C D Sutherland. What a great read. I’ve bought this book and couldn’t “put it down”. CD is an excellent story teller and has a good writing style. Additionally, his book is well edited and well published. The grammar is outstanding. He earns a five star grading due to the countless hours he spent caring for his book, combining his arts and science talents.

    He takes you into a fantasy world we all need to go to from time to time, in order to escape from reality for a while. He grips you with his excellent plot leading to very surprising events. CD, being a former B52 pilot, knows what he’s talking about and draws heavily from his 32 years experience in the Air Force, from air force procedures and training to actual warfare.

    What I also like from his book is that it’s something to read for the whole family, any age group. It seems that he classifies it as Religious Fantasy. I would rather classify it as “Science Fantasy”, although it has a spiritual side, thereby maybe broadening his market. Fact is, it’s a great read for anyone.

    Well done CD, all in all a good work of fiction, whatever the classification.

    ~ Amazon Customer Review

  8. Anonymous says:

    THE LOST DRAGONEER can stand alone, even though it picks up where the THE DRAGONEERS left off. Susah discovers war has a cost, even to the victor. Furthermore she is intrigued by the ancient garden she and her fellow dragoneers have sworn to defend–needing a closer look. The more she learns of its secrets, the more she understands the potential calamity awaiting humankind–all trespassers must be kept away.
    Susah faces her greatest challenge when she is stripped of all she has learned to depend upon. In unfamiliar surroundings, Susah must adapt and overcome in order to survive. Along the way, she discovers she can be her own worst enemy.
    Meanwhile, far away in Cosmort, a fallen angel, nearly as old as time itself, after acquiring advanced weapons technology from traitors within Sethica, launches a massive invasion into the last human dominated nation on Earth.
    Will the nation of Sethica endure or will the descendants of Seth be forced into becoming a meager race of refugees–hiding and hoping to survive each day as Nephilim and ogres hunt them for sport and food? And even if they endure, will Susah survive her face-to-face encounter with a fallen angel?

    This 123,000 word, Genesis-based epic fantasy reads like a new genre of Antediluvian Steampunk, but whatever you call it, it will attract those interested in speculative fiction, especially about the antediluvian world, and will also appeal to readers of contemporary fantasy as well as military fiction.

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