It is both interesting and alarming when you compare the first President of the United States of America with the current President. After the Revolutionary War, George Washington was so popular that he could have been king of the new country that was created as a result of independence. This new country was so appreciative of George Washington’s efforts in the War, that he would have been an acceptable monarch. But aren’t we fortunate that he did not want to be king? He did not want a monarch for this new land. He wanted it to be free of the tyranny or potential tyranny of a monarch. He wanted this new land to be the bastion of freedom that he fought for. He knew that for religious freedom to exist, there had to be political freedom. He chose to be President, an office with limited powers.
On the other hand, our current President, Barach Obama, was elected President, but seems to prefer monarch status. Every day there are indications that he has decided to create new law with an edict. He has been true to his promise that he would use his pen and phone when the lawmakers, the Congress, failed to enact his agenda. He seems to think that he is exempt from Constitutional restraint that the President is to faithfully execute the laws of the land. When he picks up his pen and signs an executive order that changes a law passed by Congress, he is in fact, creating new law. When he, or his departments, write regulations that change or alter existing laws, they are in fact creating new laws.
George Washington, who could have been King, just wanted to be President. Aren’t we grateful that he created that legacy for us.
Barach Obama is President, and it seems he wants to be King. This is unfortunate for us and our children and grandchildren. Freedom eroded is not easily made to shine again. Dim lights on the “shining city on the hill” are not the heritage we want to leave our children; it is not good to dim the beacon that has meant freedom for so many in the world.
George Washington wanted a free people with as little ?government as possible; he wanted the citizens to understand and participate in their government to make certain that it always served the people and not the opposite. He and the other Founders believed you should be able to keep what you earn, and taxes should be limited to the amounts necessary to do what the federal government needed to do under the Constitution. Decisions were made to keep the people free, independent, and self-reliant.
President Obama has increased dependency of our people on the government to staggering heights that many are frightened for the future. Food stamp recipients , numbers of disabled receiving aid, Medicaid, college loans, welfare payments, free phones, and so many other entitlements have increased to such proportions that the fabric of our entire society is changing. Some laugh at those who continue to work hard. Many believe it is their “right” to get free stuff from their government. Many believe it is proper to take from those who have much and give it to those who have little even if they choose or refuse to work or help themselves. These are all attitudes and behaviors contrary to those that made us the exceptional nation we grew to be. Even exceptionalism has become a negative concept to some.
It doesn’t matter what your political party. Freedom or serfdom does not pick sides. When each exists, it covers us all. It covers the just and the unjust, Republicans and Democrats, and yes, the Independents. When shackles come, they come to all but the few who hold the keys, the few who built the chains of serfdom a link at a time.
We still have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights. They require a President, not a monarch in the President’s office.