Country folks take election time very serious, especially in the farming communities here in southern Ohio. Whether you are a democrat or republican you cannot deny that our country has seen significant change since Mr. Obama took office. We aren’t living in the same America and there is no “Change you can believe in” campaign being celebrated.
When Obama first campaigned he compared himself to one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, that was going too far. True there is a definite Obama – Lincoln parallel to be sure.
Obama mimicked Lincoln with his love of words, his stance, and he even followed Lincoln’s path by train to the White House on Inauguration day. There young children live in the White House, Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama is the first African-American President, but that’s as far as it goes.
Even CBS News presidential historian, Douglas Brinkley, a Rice University Professor says, “Lincoln and Obama shared a loved of words, a belief that rhetoric and oratory could change people’s minds, and the way they would express things, the confidence they would have in a debate – not by fiery oratory, but by a calming presence, a reasoned argument.”
Lincoln is not the only historical figure Obama has mimicked during his election or presidential term. The world flipped when democrat, Obama, cited Ronald Reagan on tax policy and additionally suggested naming the proposal after the Republican icon. As Mr. Obama put it, Reagan “traveled across the country pushing for the same concept.”
Taking words out of context is an Obama trademark, Reagan in fact did not push for the same concept. Obama says Reagan was specifically arguing for a new tax provision aimed at the super wealthy, which is not even close to the truth. Reagan was making a great effort to reduce taxes for all Americans, by cutting rates, simplifying the tax system and eliminating tax shelters that let some people get away with not paying taxes at all.
That is not the same thing as Obama’s agenda where he planned to boost taxes paid by the rich instead of Reagan’s idea of a fair share. When the White House representatives were questioned they said the quotes were correct and, “The policies are identical.” That is old news, the point being made that Obama, the talking mime, is not a free thinker, he is not a leader, he is a follower in the shadows of another’s footsteps, actions and words.
Professor Brinkley says Obama has circled his life around other legacies include fulfilling the legacies of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
As Brinkley sees it, a better analogy lies between Obama and Franklin Roosevelt, who inherited the Great Depression or Lyndon Johnson, who launched the Great Society programs. The Lincoln inspiration, Brinkley says is nothing new.
Now Obama is reiterating former president, Bill Clinton’s ideas into his rhetoric. One thing is for certain Obama is not a free thinker and it makes one wonder why he won’t show his college transcripts.
Lincoln was a republican.