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August 25, 2008
Barack Obama Is Not in
the League of Presidents
rarely have much praise for what airs on television these days. But
John Adams, the recent HBO mini-series that I am thoroughly enjoying
on DVD, deserves any praise it gets for being a wonderful illustration
of America’s birth and infancy. But I have also found it just as
important for reminding me of the great character and qualification of
our nation’s first presidents.
Prior to becoming president, George Washington served for many years in
several military ranks over a span of 30 years. A delegate to the
Continental Congress, he fought back against British oppression and soon
became general of the Continental Army. Within six years and four
months, he had defeated the world’s dominant imperial power and allowed
America to experience its true independence.
Our second president, John Adams, was also a delegate to the Continental
Congress and was another advocate for freedom. He left his family
several times to serve his country, whether in Philadelphia, where he
was on the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence, or in
Europe, where he lobbied the old world for help against Britain. He was
also the United States’ first ambassador to the Netherlands, then
Britain, before serving as vice president for eight years under George
Thomas Jefferson was yet another delegate to the Continental Congress
and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, one of the
finest documents ever written in the history of mankind. Prior to
becoming our third president, Jefferson was minister to France, served
as governor of Virginia while still at war with the British Crown, went
on to become America’s first Secretary of State and then her second vice
Barack Obama has been a senator for three and a half years, campaigned
for half that time, and made a speech in Berlin.
And for that he believes he deserves the same office that George
Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson struggled so hard to earn.
Have we truly come to the point where we think so little of the office
of the president of the United States, the most powerful office in the
world, that we are seriously considering filling it with someone who is
asking to be elected solely for his promises?
What has Obama done, other than smile and regurgitate some punch lines,
that makes you think he is capable of leading the world? Is it the time
he spent as state legislator representing a few blocks in Chicago? Or is
it the two years he spent on Capitol Hill prior to launching his
campaign? Or is it the campaign itself, on which he has spent nearly
half of his federal career?
What is going on, America?
You might retort that Obama can’t be expected to have attended the
Continental Congress or fought the British monarchy, because he wasn’t
there. Of course, but that does not exempt him from demonstrating
modern-day accomplishments that prove him worthy of leading the country.
Indeed, you can be a modern-day American and impress fellow citizens
with your achievements. For instance, you can risk your life fighting
for your friends, your neighbors and complete strangers in a dangerous
war. You can demonstrate your honor by refusing your release from the
enemy’s prisons for the sole reason that other prisoners are not also
being released, and endure five additional years of pain and torture as
a result of this decision.
You can give a military performance that earns you 17 awards and
decorations, and rise to the rank of Captain. You can then proceed to
serve as a member of the House of Representatives, and then as a U.S.
senator, and develop 25 years of experience during which you build a
reputation of individualism in Washington and during which you refuse to
substitute polls for judgment on matters of importance.
You can do what John McCain did.
But Barack Obama is simply not in that league. He is not qualified for
the presidency. He is not qualified for the vice presidency. In fact,
had Obama not run for president, and had he been picked as running mate
by presidential nominee Joe Biden, the country would have erupted in
shock at Obama’s inexperience and inability to handle that office
(although it would have been unlikely for Biden to pick Obama, whom he
has repeatedly labeled as unready for such high office).
How Obama, then, managed to blind Democratic voters into making him
their leader (just barely, granted), is a puzzling question. But
regardless, that mistake cannot warrant a far bigger one in November.
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