Here’s a cogent message from “Longtime listener Tim” about presidential dignity:
I was listening to our President yesterday (Friday, October 25th) as he made a major White House speech. We are in the middle of a chemical weapons threat in Syria; Iran attempting to become a nuclear power; a resurgent Russia; an emboldened China; an economy that is, in fact, the worst since the Great Depression; hyper-inflationary monetary policies and on and on... So he steps up to the podium and makes a speech about a software 'glitch' in a government computer system. Unbelievable or it should be unbelievable, but with President Obama, unfortunately, it isn't.
It was at that point that it struck me just how far we have fallen in just a few years. Can anyone in his or her right mind imagine Ronald Reagan making a speech about a software problem or anything so trivial? George Bush (41 or 43)? Or even Bill Clinton? However, we have now reduced to the point we have the so-called leader of the free world talking about this nonsense.
Prior Presidents would have 1) hired someone competent to manage the operation, 2) given them the appropriate resources, and 3) held them accountable. We now have a Secretary of HHS that is, by all appearances, completely overwhelmed by this task and unable to even answer basic questions about the problem; determine what it will take to fix it; how much it will cost; and when it will be completely operational. And it doesn't matter how incompetent she is; her boss—since she said she last week that she doesn't work for the American people—isn't going to fire her.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the current President's disdain for the office with which he has been entrusted. How many times have we seen him in the Oval Office in gym clothes or without a tie or with his feet propped up on “his” desk which really belongs to the American People?
I hope the Republican form of governance survives and we save ourselves from the cult of personality that we are currently have. I fear that as we further dumb down the electorate and Presidential elections become less of a struggle to find the most qualified and more like American Idol, this situation will only worsen. Perhaps I'm wrong and I pray I am.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tim. I’d like to tell you that things may get better, and like you, I pray that they do, but it's not likely to happen.
There is no doubt that this is the greatest country in the world yet those who govern us have lost sight of the fact that they are where they are because they were chosen to represent us, not rule us.
There are approximately 150-million registered voters out of more than 207- million voters. Of those registered to vote, Democrats outnumber the Republicans by nearly 20 percent. That percentage will increase once the “Immigration Reform Act” a/k/a the “Amnesty Act” is in place.
As Ron said, “Demographics is destiny”. Turns out he was not only the Voice of Reason; he was the Voice of Wisdom.
God help us!