Many pundits on the left express outrage over the number of people who simply refer to the President as "Obama" instead of "President Obama". They claim that this shows a clear lack of respect for the man and is shamefully an example of our "lack of civility" (not to be confused by Occupiers throwing rocks and bottles at police..... that's "freedom of expression"!).
I myself refer to the man most often as "Dear Leader", a title that I'm pretty sure he actually would prefer. But on this President's Day, let us reflect on why so many people refer to the President in a way that indicates denial of or at very least regret over the 2008 election result.
First off, who is it we honor on President's Day? Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson perhaps? Who were these people and how did they arrive at their places in history as compared to Obama? Washington and Jefferson were aristocrats who risked losing everything for a cause that they believed in. Both were taught the virtue of hard work. At age 16, Washington worked as a surveyor and became a Major in the Virginia militia at the age of 21. Jefferson grew up wealthy but spent his early days as an architect, inventor (the swivel chair) and argriculturalist before risking death for Treason by not only signing, but mostly authoring the Declaration of Independence.
Lincoln as we all know was born in more humble surroundings, but taught himself to read and by age 22 struck out on this own, making a living in manual labor. He was known for his skill in wielding an ax and early on made a living splitting wood for fire and rail fencing. Young Lincoln eventually migrated to the small community of New Salem, Illinois where over a period of years he worked as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and eventually general store owner before getting elected to public office, teaching himself the law by reading Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, getting admitted to the bar in 1837 and starting his own law practice.
Then we haveour current President, Barrack Obama who's life is told in his rather sketchy autobiography Dreams of my Father. What little we can tell about him is that he gamed the system to get a free education and abhorred the idea of having to work for a living. He stands before us today, constantly railing about millionaires and billionaires who don't pay their fair share while using himself as an example of the "right" way to be wealthy. But where did he get his wealth from?
Most of the people he attacks earned their money by providing goods and services that other people found valuable and desired to have. They did not rob, they did not extort, they produced. And while they produced, they created jobs for people who were willing to offer their labor in exchange for what they considered reasonable compensation. In the early 90's when inventors and entrepreneurs were revolutionizing the way we do business, Obama was standing in front of college class rooms giving lectures on subjects that add no economic value and provide no service for anybody. Obama was just another academic elitist who was jealous of the fact that society wouldn't bestow wealth upon him for his intellectual and moral superiority.
Unlike the millionaires and billionaires he continues to publicly demonize on a daily basis, Obama did not become wealthy by producing goods or services that contributed to our economic growth, he instead got himself elected to public office. He made money by peddling influence, by making shady backroom deals, by becoming a champion for the moochers who stake claim on our incomes not by exchange of value, but by questioning our right to keep what we have worked so hard to earn. He made his money by enabling the looters; corrupt politicians and activist organizations who take our money by force as taxes and fees under the threat of confiscation of all that we have acquired.
He has unleashed upon the American people his team of unelected, unconstitutional Czars; more intellectual elitists who know better than we do how to allocate our resources "for the common good". His speeches and his actions are more an emulation of a Latin dictator than the leader of the free world and as such it is so hard for so many of us to refer to him as President when the word still has special meaning in our hearts.
Happy President's Day Obama, I pray to God that through the electoral process that you so despise, that this will be the last one you celebrate from the White House....