COLORADO SPRINGS, October 10, 2013—The current president has been likened to President Abraham Lincoln.
In fact, there is a shocking difference there is between Lincoln and the current Commander in Chief.
One hundred and fifty years ago next month, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln himself said “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here…” He could not have been more wrong.
Lincoln was at Gettysburg to dedicate a cemetery for the fallen, who had fought there from 1-3 July 1863. There are over 3,500 Union soldiers buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. He was, as are all presidents, the Commander in Chief as well as president. It was right and proper that the president and the Commander in Chief should have given a dedication speech.
On President Obama’s orders, a jogger is ticketed for jogging at Valley Forge. The Park Service tries to close Mount Vernon and attempts to deny veterans the right to visit the privately-funded World War II Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetery.
Worst of all, the Department of Defense is withholding death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers returning from Afghanistan—those who have given their “ last full measure of devotion,” in Lincoln’s words. Feeling the pressure, Defense Secretary Hagel flew to Dover to meet the plane carrying the bodies of four servicemen. It wasn’t the Defense Secretary who needed to be there, it was the families. If the DoD could afford to fly him there, it could have flown the families instead.
The president has some latitude in the way he administers the shutdown. Yet at every opportunity, he chooses to inflict pain on the people. In 2008, the man who pushes gun control famously said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” So in 2013, when the Republican House passes a bill funding the government that he does not like, he takes it out on the American people.
He is, of course, attacking the people who are generally conservative, who are the base of support for those Republicans. This is a tactic of the community organizer. This is a tactic of the Chicago mobster. He and his advisors can’t help themselves. It’s who they are.
But their actions have unintended consequences. Everyone knows what they’re doing. If they didn’t, a Park Service employee let the cat out of the bag to The Washington Times: orders came from the White House.
A White House that wants to punish the families of America’s fallen warriors. A White House eager to show the American people who makes the rules, who decides how the money is spent.
A White House that houses a Commander in Chief unfit to lead.
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