By 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?