Saturday, June 6, 2009

Will Obama Defend the Constitution?

I'm new to the blog here, but I have something to say. I saw a bumper sticker during a work day that had a picture of Obama with the text that said "Hitler gave great speeches too." A co-worker of mine is mostly liberal and supports Obama. We frequently have heated political debates and I shared with him what I saw on that bumper sticker. His initial reaction was somewhat hostile and asking me how I could say something like that since Obama hadn't killed millions of people as Hitler did. This led me to explain that the point of the bumper sticker I saw (as I took it) was that someone who can speak well is also capable of horrendous acts. This country is taken by a man who is capable of speaking well and they've given him his votes. The Hitler thing bothers me because he spelled something out early: "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." It bothers me to no end that this is where we are today in the United States of America. People aren't thinking. They are feeling. There is nothing wrong with feeling, but there comes a point when thinking is necessary. And a lot of thinking isn't required. I will say that Reagan got it right. He was hated by what was the media in that age, but he stayed true to his beliefs. That's something that us conservatives saw and loved in Palin. She is a gold-plated conservative. And she's paid the price for being drawn into the spotlight. I know a lot of leftists will say I'm repeating talk radio, and they are right but so am I. And so is talk radio. Reagan took a stand and drew a line in the sand. Obama has wiped the line out with his foot. My fellow bloggers do this better than I do, but I stand on their side. Obama makes a trip to celebrate D-Day and it's amongst apologizing (again) for what America stands for. I'm not sorry for what America has stood for, nor the countries we've helped. My father served in Vietnam and was wounded in action (I have his purple heart medal). I, as a citizen of the United States of America will NOT apologize, or accept someone else apologizing on my behalf for us defending our constitution. Oh, and speaking of which, what happened to the oath that our "president" took? In case you forgot, here it is: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES! HE SPOKE THOSE WORDS! Is he living up to that oath? No. The Constitution is not ambiguous. It is very specific, and the man who took the oath to uphold it is not doing so. He is endangering us all at a break-neck speed and seems to be doing so cluelessly. My purpose of this blog (thank you Andy and Mark) is to put out the opinion of someone who understands what is happening to our country. If we don't do something about this, the results could be disastrous. To my co-worker who was upset that I compared Obama to Hitler: Both were/are able to speak well. It scares me that someone who can win crowds as Hitler did has emerged and is president of my country. I'm not saying Obama is Hitler, but I'm cautious of what he's capable of. Students of history know that Germany was converted to socialism by Hitler. I don't want to see that happen here.

7 comments:

Big Jay said...

Have you seen that guy on fox who gives a monologue every show? At the end of each monologue he says 'And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than Hitler'.

I'm not attacking or defending Obama when I say that every president since Woodrow Wilson failed to defend the constitution in one way or another. The specific ways for each president, well maybe you'd agree or disagree depending on the individual policy. I don't think its particularly productive to even invoke Hitler, people think less of your other arguments automatically. Unless you're joking around like the guy on Fox.

Andrew said...

Hitler does provide such a fertile ground for analogies, though. Since the current government-corporate interaction more closely resembles fascism than socialism, it's going to be hard to avoid it.

I think we've seen an increased concern about attacks on the Constitution because of the actions of the Bush and Obama administration, though I've noticed the media became strangely silent when the Obama administration continued or extended the policies of the Bush administration. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but have to wonder why in the world it would matter who's abridging your rights if you feel they're being abridged (and I do).

Andrew said...

I'd also note as well that Ronald Reagan gave great speeches. The speaking ability isn't the problem, but rather perceived nefarious intent.

Bryan T. said...
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Bryan T. said...

I hate that conservative views are reduced to being considered nefarious. You hit it right Andy. And as for "that guy on fox", yeah. I watch and listen to Beck every day. Invoking hitler from the bumper sticker was meant to make a point, which I stated: being able to speak well doesn't mean that the person is incapable of horrendous acts. I can't speak for Beck, but in my eyes, he has it right. Obama may not be the extreme, but to doubt that he is capable of being the extreme dooms us all. THAT is what Beck is saying as am I.

Andrew said...

Remember that Glenn uses a lot of humor in his programming (which is often misunderstood by his critics).

I'm saying that speaking well is good, as I believe it was in Ronald Reagan's case. The ability can also be used nefariously, as it was in the most extreme case most of us will discuss--Hitler. Although, Stalin killed a lot more of his own people and for some reason doesn't get the same degree of historical notoriety.

In any case, Hitler was mostly your intro into the points you wanted to make.

Bryan T. said...

Yes Andy, you're right. Hitler was the point I wanted to make. At the end of my post, I made it clear: The ability to speak well is a very powerful tool. How a person uses it is important. Yes, Reagan had the ability to speak well, and his speech for Goldwater is one of my favorites. He didn't use that ability negatively, but that doesn't absolve Obama doing the same. It's inherently obvious that Obama knows he has the talent to speak well and is using that to his advantage. As for Hitler, this comes back to what I said in my post; Great speakers are capable of unthinkable acts. And that doesn't necessarily mean killing people (which I also said). It could mean tearing a country apart from its insides. Something I see Obama doing now.