When I was a senior in high school, we were told that our governor was coming to speak to our American Government class. We were all told that when the governor enters the room that we were to stand to show our respect for him and the office he held. Our governor at the time was a real sleaze in my opinion and I had no respect for him whatsoever, so when he entered the classroom, I remained seated, which greatly upset my teachers. One of them came up to me and whispered in my ear that I had better stand when the governor leaves.
When the governor exited the classroom, I was still seated. I was then hauled outside and all three of the teachers started in on me about how embarrassed they were because of my behavior. I told them that I did not respect the man occupying the governorship and they told me that didn’t matter that I should show respect for the office, not the man. I told them that as long as he held the governorship that I had no respect for the office either. They threatened to suspend me from school and fail me in the class until I reminded them that we had just studied the Bill of Rights and then quoted the First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
They realized that they couldn’t take any action against me because of the First Amendment and I even got an A in the course.
Over the years, I’ve tried to respect politicians and the offices they hold, but there have been a few that I just couldn’t respect. Those include another governor of Arizona, Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and now Barack Obama. Johnson was over his lying to the American people and escalating the Vietnam War. Carter was about his failure to take appropriate action with the Americans held captive by Iran. Bill Clinton was because of his blatant immorality which disgraced the office of president.
Barack Obama is the greatest disgrace to the Office of the President in the history of our nation. He never has proven that he is eligible to hold the office and he has broken so many laws that I’m not sure anyone has an accurate count. He has trampled on the US Constitution, the American people and the American military. He has lied, cheated, stolen and intentionally launched attacks against many of those who do hold to the law and Constitution.
I’m not the only one that feels this way about how it’s impossible to respect his office when he disrespects it himself. George Ciampa, an 89 year old World War 2 veteran made plans to travel to Normandy, France to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, of which George took part in. The White House invited him to a private meeting and photo op with Obama and George declined. He told the media:
“I have so many issues with the president’s policies, including the most recent ones, I just couldn’t convince myself to do it.”
Another veteran attending the D-Day events expressed what many others were saying:
“It’s not that we don’t want to respect the commander-in-chief. It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.”
I’d go one further and say that Obama not only makes it hard but impossible to respect the office. If I was still in school and Obama were to enter the classroom, I would do just like I did so long ago and remain seated. The Bergdahl swap was the absolute last straw for me. As long as Obama illegally holds the office, I will no longer capitalize the word ‘president’ when referring to him. I will for other former Presidents, but not for president Obama. He doesn’t deserve it!