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Saturday, August 14, 2010

President Obama Is Not My President

On nearly all of the issues, I strongly disagree with President Obama. That said, I'd like to think I've also been fair to him when I felt it was necessary to do so. I made one point very clear in a recent hub I wrote, "Conservatives Should Not Be Bashers," that reality is key. Fairness is essential. Bashing is pointless. I was speaking mainly on the BP oil spill and how Americans seemed to be of the idea that the president had a magic wand somewhere he could wave and make the whole disaster disappear.

He didn't, and he couldn't.

In the hub, I pointed out that it was unfair to blame former President Bush for all of the woes of hurricane Katrina just the same as it was unfair to blame President Obama for all of the woes of the BP oil spill. Bush didn't get it all wrong when it came to the Katrina situation, though he made many mistakes. But neither did President Obama get it all wrong when it came to the oil spill. And yes, I think we can all agree he made many mistakes.

The point is that regardless of who is in the White House, and regardless what my political leanings happen to be, I do my best to view each issue on the merits. It is not impossible, in my mind, for a democrat to be right any more than it is not impossible for a republican to be wrong.

The recent announcement by President Obama that he supports the mosque at Ground Zero being built, however, is something I simply cannot live with. For me, it's the last straw. It is a huge insult to the people of this country, the people who died on September 11, 2001, and I can't for the life of me understand how this could be acceptable to anyone. Especially the President of the United States.

In case anyone is not clear on the matter, our country was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001. They flew airliners into the World Trade Center. They flew an airline into the Pentagon. And had they succeeded, United Airlines flight 93 would likely have crashed into the White House. This was clearly an act of war, irregardless whether or not it was a sovereign nation who flew those planes into our buildings or the 19 terrorists who did.

The idea that any sitting president would not see the insensitive nature of building a mosque on what is now hallowed ground in this country is deplorable. The fact that President Obama did not instead voice outrage for even the suggestion that we build a mosque at Ground Zero is almost unbelievable.

It isn't enough apparently, that throughout this president's time in office he has repeatedly bowed to the world, and apologized for this great land. It isn't enough that Michelle Obama made comments before President Obama was sworn in that she wasn't proud of her country. Now he has quite literally turned his back on the 2,976 Americans who lost their lives on that awful morning, and has as well turned his back on the 4,414 American soldiers who have died in Iraq. The president has turned his back on the 1,149 Anericans who have died in Afghanistan.

People have called for the impeachment of President Obama many times over the last nearly two years of his presidency, and I've called them off-base and out of line. I've defended that while I disagree with the president and his policies, I still support the office, and respect the office, and fully realize that irregardless of my opinion, President Obama is still the president. You could have hated former President Bush to the core, but he was still the president.

My opinion has changed. I now feel that President Obama is not fit to be president. He has simply turned his back on this country one time too many, and honoring—for whatever purpose—a religious group who is in any way connected to the terrorist group that launched an attack against the United States is abhorrent, and an impossible pill to swallow. Never before have I seen a president who is as unpresidential as President Obama is. Never before did I ever think that we would see the day that a sitting president would honor our enemies, who would not stand tall in the face of this mosque being built and say clearly to Al Qaeda and the Muslim community, "This is not a war against Islam. This is a war against radical Islam. This is not a war against a people. This is a war against terrorists. This mosque will not be built, and will not in any way serve as a symbol of victory for our enemies. Not in my country. Not on my watch."

Mr. President, if you thought that Guantanamo Bay was a recruitment tool for terrorists, what exactly do you think a mosque being built in the very place where Muslim terrorists attacked our country will serve as?

President Obama is not my president. I cannot, and will not support him. This is just too big to ignore. For the good of this country, it is my firm hope that the rest of America cannot accept this either. It is my opinion the president should resign. He is clearly a traitor, and not patriotic as a president of our nation should be. I'll go as far as to say that President Obama is a disgrace to the office, and a disgrace to the United States of America.

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skizzzlee. said...

really? you seem like an anti islamist i guess

Jim Bauer said...

I am not anti-Islamic at all. In my view it has not a thing to do with religion. Muslims are welcome in this country, and religious freedom is welcome in this country. So long as we all wave the American flag proudly and with honor as American patriots, I don't care what your faith is.

But under no circumstance do you allow something like a Mosque to be built on land at or near where the 2nd greatest attack on our nation occurred by people who directly associated their attack with Islam, radical or otherwise, and who cleary made their attacks in the name of Allah.

This was an act of war, and a Mosque would be a victory monument for radical Islamic terrorists all over the world.


Jim, I respect your opinion and do understand why folks feel the building of the Mosque is a proverbial slap-in-face... however, it's an opinion based on feelings not facts. The fact is, whether you or I like it or not it is unconstitutional not to allow it. For which it stands, it would be hypocrisy to bend such laws & principles based on the whims of personal bias.

Moreover and at the risk of being discredited for my opinion on the 9/11 attacks; the more I've researched and come to understand facts and events surrounding the "War on Terror" (including post 9/11 National Security politics and laws) I am inclined to suggest here that 9/11 was orchestrated by our own government. Indeed, Islamic extremists were involved but never the masterminds. Now, that's the real insult.

By the way, I am not Muslim. I do not wish to bash nor defend Muslims but if I might add, religious extremists do not constitute the thoughts and actions of otherwise sane persons who practice any particular faith, Islam or otherwise. As a Christian I do not wish to be guilty by association because of stigmatic actions directly related to the Roman Catholic Church or the Westboro Baptist Church for that matter.

Anyway, I venture to guess you have or will reject that counter concept of 9/11. That is your right but please resist the temptation to label me a conspiracy theorist. I just seek unadulterated truth in understanding. As my grandmother would say, "Chew the hay and spit out the sticks" and that is precisely the method behind my reasoning and thought processes.

For the sake of argument though, I imagine those involved with the Mosque knew that the construction site would hit a national nerve. Seemingly, they are more concerned with staking their claim to equal rights under the law as fellow Americans. I think we both can agree that it is the ultimate test of democracy. Albeit, distastefully insensitive given the circumstances.

Long story short, this is bigger than the Mosque at ground zero. At the end of the day it better to maintain judicial objectivity versus quasi-patriot bias. Stick to the blueprint of our Constitution! If not politicians and presidents alike will feel equally compelled, if not entitled, to bend constitutional law to suit their own sentiments and rudimentary agendas under the guise of national security. We have got to stand up for civil rights in this country (EVEN WHEN IT HURTS) or else democracy will become a crapshoot.

Jim Bauer said...

As soon as I read, "9/11 was orchestrated by our own government," I stopped reading. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Jim, First let me say that the piece was outstanding. Why anyone after reading the initial article in full would refer to you as anti-islamist is a fool- or illiterate? You state out-right your stand against Radical Islamics. There is a big difference, isn't there? I tend to wonder after that comment.
In regards to the 2nd comment, that our government was involved, well I immediately labeled her as psyco. Oh well.
I hear so much these days that the proposed site is 2 blocks away... is it? I agree that the things that have come out of Mrs. Obama's mouth and the President that speak down and against America. This saddens me and so many. To be a president of the United States, I would think that the ONE thing a person should be is Patriotic! I am sorry he is not. Truly.
God help America.

~WTS~ said...

I'm going Ron Paul all the way nowadays.

Dude, you never told me about the Springboard music! I'm almost hurt by this!

~WTS~ said...

Ron Paul all the way on this end, Jim!

I'm almost hurt by never having been told about Springboard music!

Jim Bauer said...

I like Ron Paul's ideas on a lot of things. But I definitely do not like his ideas on foreign policy. In fact his foreign policy issues scare me to death. But the fact that you would support a LIBERTARIAN over a LIBERAL is at least a step in the right direction? :) I can at least applaud you for that. As for the Springboard music, well...keeping it a slight secret is a matter of saving face to some extent, and a TON of embarrassment as well. lol