|The Great Emancipator|
I spent time remembering American History as I know it (In Common Core, I'm not sure if history is taught beyond the Clinton regime and everything before then was included in the Big Bang theory). I will never hesitate to inform the collective that Abraham Lincoln is the president I most admire, followed by Ronald Reagan. Abe was a President that didn't have the luxury of men and women with black suits and ties, speaking into their sleeves and curly wired ear pieces.The White House was open, with people even sleeping in the hallway, waiting to catch sight of Mr. Lincoln or even speak to him of their need. As Bill O'Rielly revealed in Killing Lincoln (Which I found not just to be a fantastic read, but allowed me the experience of walking with Lincoln, something that authors rarely can accomplish), President Lincoln was truly a man of the people. His feelings and beliefs were not how to become a darling of the liberal or conservative medias, rather he loved his country and the people in it. He bore a weight that no President has ever had to bear since. He watched his beloved country being torn apart by a North that felt the need to impose its will on the South, not all to do with slavery, yet slavery was something the President wanted stopped and outlawed.
At night, when it was less likely that he would be recognized, he walked the streets of Washington, the load too heavy to allow sleep. That load wasn't from scandals of having sex with an intern in the White House, Cabinet personnel brought up on charges of selling favors to Party donors, continuous Congressional Hearings digging into the political cover-ups to having to deal with an American public angry because their president wiped out the entire medical community and insurance companies with a swipe of a pen. A president whose attitude is I'm going to shove it down your throat, like it or not, because it will probably get me re-elected again, just ignore the lies! No, Abraham Lincoln walked those streets with the weight of the whole country on his shoulders, knowing that Americans were dying, killing each other, one side believing they had the right to do as they wish, including the owning, torture, mutilation and killing of slaves, the other side believing it had the right to impose its will on the South. Neither side willing to give in, causing the deaths and crippling of not just Americans, but of America itself. No real comparison can be made between Abraham Lincoln and Barrack Obama. Oh wait, a comparison can be made...sorry I spoke too soon.
Barrack Obama, one of the very people that Abraham Lincoln sent a country into chaos to free, giving him the ability to set free his shackles and one day take the oath of office of the greatest nation the world has ever known, allowing a black man and his family to be in the White House, not as staff, but as President and Mrs. Obama and children. Other black Americans distinguished themselves throughout American history since the Great Emancipator was President.
I watch as Rutger's students and staff protest against one of the most elegant, intelligent, patriotic, and hey...scandal free Americans to ever serve our country in the person of Condoleezza Rice. Involved in the Iraq War is their cry! A wonderful person belittled by a bunch of spoiled brats who were barely out of diapers when the nation had to make tough decisions post 9/11. I want to scream at them the bulk of the words Jack Nicholson said when on the stand facing Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men, "Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom........And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I know deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you don't want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then question the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!" Preach it Jack, because other than the code red, you are absolutely correct. Rutger's students and faculty believe it's cool and intelligent to disrespect Mrs. Rice because they are 'entitled to' and know better than anyone how wrong and bad our country is to have been in Iraq. Me...I was glad she, President Bush, our entire Intelligence Community, and our brave men and women in the military stood on that wall!
Barrack, you did something that President Abraham Lincoln didn't walk those lonely streets at night to have happen, or watched as Americans fought Americans for, and in the end took a bullet because he knew that he couldn't back away from a nation that needed to find itself. You Barrack have made a joke of everything he lived and died for. He was a President, you are the joke and the butt of the jokes. When the black community needed someone to show a way other than violence and poverty, you gave them more entitlements to keep them in poverty. Your answer to black on black violence, the 'knock out game' was to...well...do nothing. You just don't lead from behind, you're tucked in a bunker of your own self entitlements you believe belong to you as President and lead from nowhere! Hey...that's where our country is going..nowhere! Your grand vision is being accomplished. You and your cronies are dismantling Abe's America one piece at a time.
In closing, I see your Presidential Library. There's a statue of you in front of the library where you were acting like you were going to blow snot out of your nose. As people walk inside (I'm not sure why anyone would waste their time and money when there's the Reagan Library they could go to) they will find pictures of you with captions that state, "Hey did you hear the one about Barrack Obama when he"...and then the punchline. Yep, you've turned the greatest opportunity that anyone from the black community has ever been offered and turned it back on the black community as a scam and a joke. The next pack of playing cards I open, I fully expect to see your face on the Joker card. It would be fitting.