Pogo, a character in a long-defunct comic strip made the famous statement, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Many others throughout history have made some variation of the statement that we are our own worst enemy.
This was posted on Facebook a few days ago. I’d seen it before, and both times it had the ring of truth.
The following statement is attributed to former Czech President Vaclav Klaus:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.” [Underlining mine]
Those who care enough to look beyond what an election means to their own pocketbooks could tell well before Obama won the Presidency that this man was an imposter. There was plenty of evidence.
Most people who heard about his claim of being in all 57 states during the 2008 election assumed it was just a gaffe and understandable given the pressure of constant campaigning on a national level. The gaffe was that he let slip that he recognized the 57 member states of The Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
He also talked about visiting countries that would have required a passport other than American, since Americans were banned from traveling there. Meanwhile gullible people bought his claim that he was a natural born citizen born in Hawaii, despite the fact that neither of his parents resided in the U. S. at the time.
We could talk about his claim that he didn’t know his pastor of over 20 years hated the U.S. Or his wife’s admission well into his administration that for the first time in her life she was proud of being American.
But all of that misses the point. He’s one man who managed to win election to the Presidency and will soon be exiting from that office. But, as Mr. Klaus so accurately pointed out in his statement, the same voters who put him there will still be voting long after he leaves office.
These same voters who allowed themselves to be fooled by this imposter have now allowed a woman who has been involved in one scandal after another for two decades now, including callously ignoring the danger of leaving our Benghazi embassy almost completely unguarded and using her personal, unprotected email account to transmit confidential government information to become the heavily favored frontrunner for the Democrat Party in this year’s election. If we add four—or eight—years of her in the White House on top of eight years of Obama, we won’t need an explanation of Mr. Klaus’s remarks. The meaning will be down on our heads and shoulders.
This is not a campaign pitch for any of the Republicans running for President. I can’t get excited about any of them since Rick Perry and Scott Walker have been drummed out of the race and Ben Carson is on his way to suffering the same fate. This seems to be a year when we’ll be settling for a President instead of electing one we can be proud of, but let’s not settle for an imposter or a scandal-ridden rerun.
It’s time to stop voting for the candidate who promises the most largesse to the most people, or one who would enable people to be sexually irresponsible by allowing babies to be killed if their mothers decide they are inconvenient. Let’s elect a person of moral fiber and Godliness.
“We’ve given you a republic, if you can keep it.”
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