Obama’s Identity Crisis
“Blandishments [flattery] will not fascinate us not threats of a ‘halter’ intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wherever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.” Josiah Quincy, responding to the closing of Boston Harbor by the British, 1774.
In July of 1932, at the end of Herbert Hoover’s administration, The Bonus Expeditionary Force, a crowd of 43,000 marchers consisting of 17,000 unemployed World War I veterans descended upon Washington, D.C., to demand the bonuses promised them by The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924. The bonuses were in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945. Led by former Army Sergeant Walter W. Waters, the principal demand of the Bonus Army, as they were called by the Press, was the immediate cash payment of their certificates.
On July 28, U.S. Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the veterans removed from all government property. Washington police met with resistance, shots were fired and two veterans were wounded and later died. Veterans were also shot dead at other locations during the demonstration. Pres. Herbert Hoover then ordered the army to clear the veterans’ campsite. Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur commanded the infantry and cavalry supported by six tanks. The Bonus Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, and their shelters and belongings burned. A second “insurrection” under FDR resulted in a similar result. FDR refused to grant the veterans their pay; he was overruled by Congress.
Gen. George Washington had similar problems with unpaid soldiers who mutinied in order to obtain new clothes and ammunition, culminating in the infamous Pompton Mutiny of 1781, which resulted in the execution of two of the group’s three ringleaders by their own men. For Washington, it was a harsh move, executing desperate men. But as a leader in the midst of war, he could not allow mutinies.
In a battle over a controversial, universal health care plan, the Republican House of Representatives on Oct. 1st made good on a threat to partially shut down the government. In response, Obama ordered the closure of all national monuments and parks, including the World War II Memorial on The Mall, which is privately owned and funded, and open to the public.
Obama ordered barricades to be built around the memorial, although the World War I Memorial is still open to the public. When World War II veterans visited the site, they were assisted by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and others in breaching the barricades. The veterans were shoved by enforcers but ultimately were permitted to visit the site. Today, the barricades have been chain-linked together to prevent removal.
Americans are under the misimpression that the House Republicans are responsible for the closure. But the assignment of law enforcement and security personnel to the sites was an act of the president. Hoover and FDR wanted to deny the veterans much-needed money. By 1945, many would be dead. Obama wanted to make a statement to the country and especially the Greatest Generation by denying them access to the memorial that acknowledges the sacrifice they and their fellow in arms made for freedom.
One hesitates to classify an man who once was quoted as saying that if he had the power he would throw the entire Constitution out the window; that it was a document of “negative liberties” (against the government). He’s ordered numerous unconstitutional executive orders and has gathered a financial army of IRS agents to enforce his Affordable Care Act. He has confused himself with the emperors of the ancient Roman Empire.
Democrats bemoan the fact that we have a divided government, although, in fact, the government has been divided since its beginning between the Federalists (in favor of a centralized government) and Anti-Federalists (who believed in a small federal government that had only limited, enumerated powers, the rest of the powers devolving to the states).
Nancy Pelosi has charged Tea Party members with being arsonists, although in her hysteria, she probably meant anarchists. Our nation has never been of one mind and was never meant to be. Washington deplored the creation of political parties. Jefferson, on the other hand, heartily approved of them. The two factions were exacerbated by the ideology of Communism, beginning in the 19th Century and into the early 20th.
Low-information voters are particularly uninformed regarding the ideas of the Founding Fathers. The LIVs have been told that the Founding Fathers were deists (not true); that they weren’t Christians; that the country was founded by greedy Capitalists; and that all the Founding Fathers were hypocritical slave-owners.
Here are the Founding Fathers, in their own words. Obama clearly regards himself as a king or emperor, as compared to our first president (under the current Constitution), George Washington.
“Among [European governments], under pretense of governing, they have divided their nations into two classes: wolves and sheep.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, Jan. 16, 1787
Or Progressives and Moderates.
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801.
“It has been observed that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies, in which the people themselves deliberated, never possessed one feature of good government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure, deformity.” Alexander Hamilton, speech to Congress, June 21, 1788
The Middle East is still living in the Fifth Century.
“The republican is the only form of government which is not externally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Hunter, 1790
“Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. Any why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity. But is uniformity of opinion desirable? No more than of face and stature.” Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Act for Religious Freedom, 1786
“I will not condescend to employ the word ‘Toleration.’ I assert that unlimited freedom of religion, consistent with morals and property, is essential to the progress of society and the amelioration of the condition of mankind.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis van der Kemp, Oct. 2, 1818
“I agree with you that in politics the middle way is none at all.” John Adams, letter to Horatio Gates, March 23, 1776
Republicans, take note.
“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depository of the public interests. In every country, these two parties exist; and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Henry Lee, Aug. 10, 1824
“It is impossible to rightly govern the nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” GW
“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” GW
As opposed to Obama, who said he wanted to throw it out the window.
“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” GW
Like his Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting [establishing] themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” GW
Obamacare is here to stay.
“Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” GW
Who’s going to deny “free”-dom?
“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” GW
“A people…who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages, may achieve almost anything.” GW, letter to Benjamin Harrison, Oct. 10, 1784
“Retired as I am from the world, I frankly acknowledge I cannot feel myself an unconcerned spectator. Yet having happily assisted in bringing the ship into port and having been fairly discharged, it is not my business to embark again on a sea of troubles. Nor could it be expected that my sentiments and opinions would have much weight on the minds of my Countrymen; they have been neglected, ‘tho given as a last legacy in the most solemn manner. I had then perhaps some claims to public attention. I consider myself as having none at present.” GW, letter to John Jay, Aug. 15, 1786
“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are just considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” GW, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
“All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me, there is nothing to it beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.” GW, letter to Catherin Macaulay Graham, Jan. 9, 1790
“When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” GW, letter to Edmund Pendleton, Jan. 22, 1795
“I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation; I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and they charge me with wanting to be a king.” GW, response to newspaper criticisms of his presidency, as quoted in The Alumni Register of the University of Pennsylvania (1925), p. 473.