*President Barack Obama has the distinct mantle of being the only sitting president who has suffered an inordinate amount of adversity and blatant disrespect for the sacred office of the presidency itself.
Going back to his State of the Union address where he was interrupted by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson who yelled “You lie,” – and everything between – to the most recent so-called tongue-in-cheek comment by Mitt Romney’s eldest son Tagg that he wanted to “take a swing” at the president (isn’t there a law against even an idle threat towards our Commander-in Chief?) during the second presidential debate.
How can an intelligent son of a presidential candidate even fix his mouth to publicly say such a thing whether in jest or not? Where is all this coming from? Where’s the respect for the most powerful man and office of the free world? Even former president George W. Bush who is portrayed as the ‘worst’ president of the modern era (and possibly of all time) did not come under such severe attack.
Then there’s Congress whose only response to the president has been ‘no’ for the most part. Why aren’t they doing the job for which they were elected, and for which taxpayers are doling out mega-bucks for their salaries and benefits? How can they have a conscience seeing what they know to be right and not acting upon it? Somehow, someway they’ll have to answer for it one day. It’s reminiscent of a company picnic where the sack race came down to an executive and one of his employees. When the executive saw that the employee was inching ahead of him, he deliberately bumped him and they both fell. The race was over – no winners.
With the way some on Capitol Hill have been playing out their political agendas there can be no real winners, and America loses as a whole. It’s a shame that we have an opportunity to show the next generation how the intended democratic process works, but we are failing them.
We should be teaching them it is their responsibility and civic duty to vote, and make it interesting for them not disdainful. This is a teachable moment where we could show them that we can agree to disagree and still be civil, and yet we choose – with all our higher education and high-mindedness – to take the path that will ultimately lead to destruction. Don’t wonder why when future elections begin to take shape like the uprisings in the Middle East.
It’s been said that what one generation does in moderation, the next does in excess. The venom that’s being spewed out in the ‘blogosphere’ reveals a lot of ignorance and is shameful. Some people should stop blogging immediately and go take a course in Spelling & Grammar! Let us hope that Americans on both sides of the issues can research and study the facts for themselves, and stop being emotionalized by misguided and biased media venues.
America will one day salute President Obama for his persistence and calm reserve as he has navigated through some extremely turbulent waters. President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on!” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) www.amazon.com. Articles frequently appear (among others) in the Los Angeles Sentinel Op-Ed section. Visit the author at www.larrybuford.com. (213) 220-8101.