I would like to recommend that we fire the President of the United States. We shouldn’t wait until the 2016 election. Due to incompetence, irresponsibility, and immorality, he needs to be ousted from office immediately. If he needs a severance package, or a contractual buyout, it’s worth every penny.
To be fair, we have a representative government, and it is impossible for any one man to represent every single citizen. There are too many competing interests and agendas. However, it isn’t unfair to hold the man at the top responsible for representing what America should be. To put it mildly, America isn’t well represented by Benghazi, or Fast and Furious, or the IRS scandals, or Syria, or the latest figurative (if not literal) surrender to Iran. We are not well served by a president who bows to any foreign leader, in word or in deed. Any one of these, in my mind, is more than enough reason to fire the man. However, there are other reasons as well. Since he works for us, for me, here are three, each representing a failure of leadership at a different level. For ease, I picked three A’s.
Afghanistan. Why are we there? When things blew up back in 2001, on Bush’s watch, the idea of going to Iraq and Afghanistan was defended on the grounds of us chasing the terrorists on their home ground before they come here and we are fighting them on our own soil. Agree or not, the idea itself makes sense, and it was communicated clearly enough. This is what we’re going to do and here’s why. That’s leadership.
Our current president went on record clear back in 2002 saying he didn’t agree with going into Iraq. He said it was a dumb war. Rash. Part of his appeal to the easily swayed in the 2008 election was that he was somehow different, that he somehow knew better than the rest of us. The liberal press fell all over themselves to help get him elected. He said he would end the war in Iraq. He would close Guantanamo, he would solve global warming, he would… you get the point. We better elect him!
So now, I ask you, as the president’s boss, why are we still in Afghanistan? Will he go on TV and tell us why we are still there? If our sons have to go over there and shed blood, for what reason? Truthfully, is our ongoing presence there because he doesn’t know what else to do? Is there some political advantage for him or his ilk? Will he lead on this? That’s his job. As our representative, as our Commander in Chief, he should represent America’s best interests. If there are good reasons to stay there, tell us! We have a long history of going overseas and setting up shop. South Korea, Germany, etc… but I don’t recall murders of our soldiers in those places. So what are we doing in Afghanistan? How will we know when the job is done?
Oh, and this isn’t about his predecessor who got us in there. Let’s quit being told about former “failed policies.” He’s the man now, and he has been for over five years. He has three years remaining (groan).
Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whereas Afghanistan represents lack of leadership, the ACA represents faulty leadership. Now, I am no policy wonk or financial guru. I’m just one little old guy with his eyes and ears open. As I understand this monstrosity, he decided to make everyone pay for health insurance, whether they wanted it or not. Now, I can understand the thinking on this one. We have a system where anyone can go into the emergency room and not be refused treatment based on ability to pay. The old way, if a wealthy man gets hurt, he goes in and gets treatment and his insurance will cover it. He pays any leftover amount after insurance pays. If a crack addict gets hurt in a drug deal gone bad, he goes to the same emergency room and gets treatment, even though he has no insurance and no means to pay otherwise. This is considered right and proper. The sow is fat enough for everyone, rich or poor, to suckle.
Since the sow has been milked dry and then some, those old teats are getting pretty raw. The government can’t keep this up. So, the idea is to force everyone to pay, well, almost everyone… well, okay, only those who can afford to… so that we can continue to provide care to everyone. Yay fairness!! Yay!
This argument reminds me of the helmet debate. Those free and easy, wind-in-their-hair motorcycle riders don’t want Big Brother telling them they have to wear skid lids. I get that, and I agree. In fact, I still get peeved when I hear the “Click it or Ticket” campaigns to get drivers to wear their seatbelts. Who are you, law enforcement, to tell me I have to buckle up? Who are you to tell easy rider he has to wear a helmet? However, the problem arises when the motorcyclists crash and bump their noggins on the hard ground and then need medical care at the hospital… and they can’t be refused. My thinking is, if you don’t want to wear a helmet, or buckle up, great!! But if you get injured as a result of said freedom, don’t expect other taxpayers to pay for that injury when you go into the emergency room.
Dear Leader, if so many millions of Americans freely choose to not have health insurance, leave them alone. It’s not like you’re that much smarter or more caring than we are. We’ve seen you in action. We’ve heard you talk, without the teleprompter, and we’re not impressed. Well, maybe Chris Wallace is. Most of us are not like the press members who see you and come fawning and asking you to take care of us.
“Please, oh wise one, please, if you would please take care of us!! Look at the crease in his pants! Oh, my leg is tingly! He’s above us, regular citizens, do what he says!” Bottom line, the government is broke, the sow is over milked, there is no money for ACA, and it isn’t your right to force folks to buy anything.
Abortion. This issue is my litmus test for anyone seeking leadership. In fact, it’s my litmus test for anyone to be considered a sane and decent human being. It is the strangest issue to me, as I don’t get the heatedness of the debate. I don’t get the debate at all. There’s this baby who hasn’t come out yet. As long as he doesn’t come out, it’s okay to let someone reach up in there and kill him, either physically or chemically, or I don’t know how. “If you could just pull him partway out, watch it, not the head! Okay, pull him partway… there’s the little feet, the legs, the torso… careful, not too far!…. okay, nurse, scissors… “ I mean, the little guy is either a person or he isn’t. If he is a person, then we collectively have over 50 million murders on our hands in the past 41 years since we legalized this.
According to Lifenews.com, that means, “The number means there are more than 3,300 abortions daily and 137 abortions per hour every hour in the United States. Translated another way, an abortion is done about every 30 seconds in the United States.”
If the baby is not a person, well… why have any restrictions at all? See http://www.lifesitenews.com/abortionist-who-kept-36-bags-of-aborted-babies-in-storage-unit-found-dead.html
The argument that the baby is part of the mother’s body and who are we to tell her what she has to do or not do…, it comes to this – if that little guy or girl is a human being, then killing him or her is killing him or her. If not, you’re right, it’s nothing more evil than removing a mole or cutting hair, and who am I to tell you not to cut your hair?
My problem with you, Dear Leader, is that you have actively celebrated, defended, and advanced the cause of abortion. Let’s call it what it is, infanticide, the act of killing an infant. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, “1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.” You stood in front of this august body one year ago, on April 26, 2013 and said, “As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way.”
That wasn’t enough for you. You then invoked the name of God, Who said through David that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” By the way, the same David invoked the same name of God when he wrote, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” But you continued your statement to Planned Parenthood, on April 26, 2013, by concluding, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” Wow.
So, for me, three grades of F for the three A’s above. One for lack of leadership, one for faulty leadership, and one for immoral leadership.
Unfortunately, our Dear Leader probably does represent us. He says and does what we the people allow him to say and do. This is a moral failing on our part. I believe our experiment in self-government has failed. As Paul wrote so many years ago, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” I hope we all remember this: we each will be held accountable for what we say and do upon this mortal coil.