DID YOU MEAN THOSE WORDS IN TUCSON OR WAS IT JUST ANOTHER TELEPROMPTER SPEECH?
“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized; at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Dear Mr. President,
Let me begin by saying that I am a Ronald Reagan Republican, which means that you and I don’t see eye-to-eye on much of anything. However — this letter is less about politics as usual, and more about integrity, honesty, trust — and character.
Following your speech in Tucson earlier this year, several liberal friends called and asked if I was going to write about what you had said that evening. I assured them that not only would I do so; I would commend you for calling for an end to the divisive vitriol that has become so prevalent in today’s charged political environment. You can review the article, “I was Proud of my President Tonight,” here. Think about the last line.
Did you honestly mean what you said that night, Mr. President, or were you merely reading words from your teleprompter — words written to make it appear that you were above the political fray? Shortly after your Tucson speech, you went on an Hispanic radio station and referred to Republicans as “our enemies.”
Several months later, you stood at the Mexican border and mocked those who call for tighter border security — by sarcastically telling the jeering crowd that “they” won’t be happy until we have a moat full of alligators along the border. Judging by these two examples alone, it doesn’t appear that your intent in Tucson was to distance yourself from the partisan rhetoric, does it?
So, back to your intent in Tucson: You either meant what you said, or you simply mouthed hollow words in an opportunistic moment. Let’s assume, for a minute, that you meant what you said; why then, do you fail to condemn the contentious rhetoric when it come from your own party? Why have you not called out those Democrats who continue it on a daily basis?
When Congressman Cohen stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and compared the GOP to NAZIs and the Tea Party to the KKK, why did you not condemn his comments? When Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi said that your policies are so strongly opposed because you’re black, why did you not rush to your teleprompter to condemn their inexcusable, blatant race-baiting? When Congressman Carson charged that the Tea Party wants blacks hanging from trees, where was your moral outrage? Your silence in these cases is tacit approval, Mr. President; let’s toss out the “you meant it” option.
Politics is not all about politics; it’s about character, integrity, and leadership, as well. Following your State-of-the-Union Speech in January, all three “major” networks compared you to Ronald Reagan. CBS analyst Jeff Greenfield said, “He kept talking about winning the future, and that was always a big theme for Reagan.” Gushed NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “That’s exactly what he was trying to get after, and I think he was trying to invoke the optimism, the can-do spirit that brings to mind Ronald Reagan in these settings.”
Yes, Mr. President – they all swooned over how very Reaganesque you were that evening. The reality, of course, is that none of these hypocritical liberals were comparing your policies and philosophy with those of Ronald Reagan – we both know how distasteful that thought is. The “mainstream” media was simply impressed by your rhetoric – the words you read so eloquently from your trusty teleprompter that night. It may have played well with your sock puppets in the Obama Media Group, but believe me — not so much, with a growing majority of disillusioned Americans.
Barack, you’ve never grasped the reality that the presidency is more about leadership than it is about your leftist agenda. Leadership that is not defined by bullying, dividing, or throwing people under the bus to protect yourself or get your way. Leadership that is not defined by constantly passing the buck and blaming others for your failures. Leadership that is not defined by saying one thing and doing another.
Leadership that is defined by character, honesty, and integrity. Leadership that you lack. Ronald Reagan not only understood these leadership principles, Mr. President – he practiced them every day. You, sir, are no Ronald Reagan.
In the end, you will be remembered — not for your policies and politics – but for your failure to lead this great country in a critical time of need. You will be remembered for your hypocritical lack of honesty and integrity. You will be remembered for your inability to accept responsibility, and your penchant for placing the blame for all that ails America on the backs of others.
You will remembered as the president who promised to “reach across the aisle,” but turned out to be a petty, divisive, political hack. Your “most transparent administration in history” will be remembered for its under the table dealings with wealthy donors, as well as its eagerness to circumvent Congress at every opportunity.
You will be remembered as a stubborn ideologue who was too bull-headed to set aside his left-wing agenda for the good of his country in a time of economic crisis.
You have failed yourself, Mr. President. More importantly, you have failed our country.
A Concerned American
Can you spell D-E-A-F E-A-R-S?