Barach Obama and George Washington–A Comparison

          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.

George Washington–Lest We Forget His Real Birthday

 

George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, February 22, 1732. He was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. They were among the prosperous gentry in Virginia. George spent his early years on the estate on Pope’s \Creek along the Potomac River. His father died when he was eleven years old, and soon thereafter he went to live with his older brother, Lawrence at Mount Vernon.

 Not much is known about his early years or his early education, but he was probably schooled at home as was the case with many of the gentry. The typical subjects were mathematics, reading, the classics, rules of civility, and practical subjects like surveying.  His mother taught him the Bible and how to pray. She taught him from the Anglican book of prayer. She also taught him from other godly books. One of the books, titled Contemplations: Moral and Divine by Sir Matthew Hale, was kept by him his entire life. When it was found in Mount Vernon after his death, it had extensive underlining. He used it all of his life. Because of his training, he became a man of great faith in the Divine.

 Revisionists may even admit that Washington was virtuous, a man of high character, perhaps even religious, but quickly say he was not a Christian, but a deist. They must eliminate evidence to the contrary and distort and lie to disparage this great man.  In 1891, a collection of his personal possessions was sold at auction. Among them was a small manuscript book containing 24 pages of prayers written by Washington when he was young, perhaps 20 years old. They are witness to the depth of his faith and his religious beliefs. In one of the prayers he states:

 O most glorious God and Jesus Christ, I acknowledge and confess my faults in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly that my prayers are come my sin and stand in need of pardon. I have heard Thy holy word, but with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable hearer…Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word…Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land.    

   George Washington is often called a Deist, one who believes in a god who got it all started and then stepped back from the creation, but there are many anecdotes and happenings that show his great faith.

One such instance is his resignation address before the Continental Congress at the end of the war.

 Happy in the confirmation of our independence and sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United Stats of becoming a respectable nation, I resign, with satisfaction, the appointment I accepted with diffidence; a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task, which, however, was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause, the support of the Supreme Power of the Union, and the patronage of Heaven.

 The successful termination of the war has verified the most sanguine expectation, and my gratitude for the interposition of Providence, and the assistance I have received from my countrymen increases with every review of the momentous contest.

 The Continental Congress stood and shouted, “Long live General George Washington! First in War! First in Peace! And First in the hearts of his countrymen!”                                                         

 

 

George Washington–Lest We Forget Who He Was

From the time that his mother sent him off to war and commended him to the providence of God and reminded him to private prayer, Washington continued to give testimony to his belief in the providence of God. He became a legend, as a warrior, even to the Indians; it seemed impossible to kill him. He believed that he “was protected beyond all human probability and expectation, for I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on  every side of me.”                           .

There is too much in Washington’s own pen and those who were close to him, for the revisionists version of him to have any credence. He prayed regularly. Each night at nine o’clock he would go to his library to pray; people who had to seek answers in case of an emergency would find him on his knees praying in front of his open Bible. He did the same thing early in the morning. Washington also kept the Sabbath; he attended church, he did only those things that were absolutely necessary. He was a pious man

 Washington even conducted worship services for his troops when there was no chaplain assigned. During the French and Indian War when he was in charge of the troops defending the country, he led the troops in religious services. He was a man of such honor, he conducted a burial service for General Braddock who died in the French and Indian War. Washington was just a Colonel, but he carried a small Anglican book of worship and prayer. Washington would retire to his tent each night for prayers, or go into the woods if he couldn’t get away from people.

 Washington believed in Divine Providence. When Washington became commander in chief of the American forces in the Revolutionary War, an order to the troops confirmed his belief.

 The General most earnestly requires and expects  a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing, and drunkenness. And in like manner he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers, not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance of Divine service, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense.

 This was a most remarkable man. He was a noble and pious gentleman. Assassination of character would seem impossible as you come to know this man. Perhaps it is because his life was lived in such a devout manner to religion and civility, that the efforts to destroy him are so brutal and untrue. He must become know again to our young, those in the middle who have learned the distortions, and a reminder must be given to those of us who are seniors lest we forget.

                          

 

 

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln Deserve Better

`Presidents Day should give us all cause to ask what happened to Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthday? Are their names, their words, their legacies not worthy enough to command their own holiday? If not, who is?  

I have watched the images of our heroes fade. I have watched the legacy of our Founders distorted, destroyed, diminished or vanish. I’m not certain when the pictures of Washington and Lincoln disappeared from our classrooms. As a teacher, I always had them on my bulletin boards in February. As a kid, I remember them in my classrooms. It wasn’t just the pictures in my schools; we were reminded about these two great Presidents and what they meant to our country. You know, a little dose of patriotism.   .

We have come to care more about a four-day weekend than we do about what and who we are celebrating. We don’t even mention their names. We are celebrating Presidents Day. Ask the next young people you meet whether or not they know which presidents are included in this Presidents Day celebration. If they know the answer to that question, ask them what the birthday of each man is.

If they know the birthday of Washington and Lincoln, I hope they learned it in school, but I fear that might not be the case in far too many instances. As the generations roll on, I fear it is not talked about in our homes either.

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln deserve better than a no-name Presidents Day holiday. .

 

 

 

ATT and My Connection Woes

Just another frustrating day with ATT. Wow. I had a few hours of a functional internet connection. I was cruising along this morning, enjoying a computer connection that the ATT rep fixed yesterday morning. Not so fast. Up jumped the devil, and I had no connection. The red light was on. When I saw that all-too-familiar red light, I wanted to put my head down and weep. After several fixes, waiting five days to receive new equipment from ATT, two technician visits to my home, and finally the fix yesterday morning, the gremlin red light appeared.

Dialing an ATT number was the last thing that I wanted to do today. I have had way more experience doing that in the last three weeks than I care to have. The first call  today ended with a notice to me that their offices were closed today. I tried different answers to their questions about what my call was about. I finally ended up with a service representative somewhere out there in the ether. It is very frustrating being asked the same questions you have been asked several times before and being asked to do the same things that you have been the recipient for more than once already. Who made the equipment? What about the connections? And a myriad of other questions and requests that would take a guru tech person to carry out and answer.

After much time and all of my attempts to be a helpful “don’t kill the messenger” person, she asked me to unplug the unit. What she did on her end, I do not know nor would she tell me. I was instructed to turn the unit back on, wait till the power light was solid green and inform her. Miracle of miracles. All the lights turned green.

“What did you do?” I queried.

“Nothing,” she replied. “I just asked you to unplug the modem.”

If you believe that, I just came into possession of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s for sale.

P.S. The light is still green. I’m taking bets on tomorrow.

A Message—

What a nightmare! I have not been able to get on my site for weeks. The hours I have spent on hold and being transferred from one place to another at ATT have been awful. The frustration has been high, and my opinion of ATT is…. Fill in the blanks. The various people have been quite polite and tried to be helpful, but it is not at all helpful when you can’t understand the person with whom you are speaking. Just another off-shore connection, all of them with very American names. In the process, I had at least three Johns, and oddly enough, the person who came to my house this morning to fix the problem was named John. I wonder if ATT has any idea how annoying it is to get someone in an ATT center over yonder somewhere?

Well, it is fixed, I think. So, I’ll be back with you, I think. Do you know a good internet outfit? I may be ready for a change.Have a great day.  .