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5/15/2014 1:21:00 PM
A Thank You to Obama and the Democrats
Bill Forhan

Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same."
Obama and his Democrat dominated administration has made Americans increasingly aware of the truth of Ronald Reagan's famous quote. His administrations actions and inactions are beginning to awaken a population that has long been complacent as a result of our affluent and comfortable lives.
Politics is an ugly sport. It's mean, contentious and confrontational. But it is a sport we must all engage if we have any hope of avoiding Reagan's prediction. I have heard many say, I'm not political. That's unfortunate. Avoiding participation because it makes you uncomfortable is a sure way to surrender your freedom.
The current administration has taught us some important lessons and for that we should thank President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
First, our constitution gave us 3 distinct branches of government. The founding father's design was to insure the three branches provided a system of checks and balances on the power of the other two branches. The legislative branch debates and passes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws passed by the legislature and the judicial branch interprets the laws and insures they are compliant with our constitution. While the separation of powers has eroded over the years, this administration has shred the concept by allowing the President to rewrite laws and choose not to enforce laws the administration finds outdated or inconvenient. Congress has been complicit in the executive branch's abuse of power by not challenging the President on these issues.
Second, when those in positions of power engage in obfuscation and distortion of the facts to cover up their mistakes we should be worried. To date this administration has set an all time record for scandals and blunders, but the efforts to cover up or blame someone else to avoid responsibility for their misjudgment is phenomenal. From gun running in fast and furious, failure to prosecute blacks for voter intimidation, waste of taxpayer money on failed green energy projects, intimidation of political opponents by the IRS, blaming the tragedy in Benghazi on a video, to distorting the truth about budget cuts this administration has set new records for lack of candor with American public.
Finally, this administration has actively participated in an ongoing campaign to demean their opposition. That is un-American. Our system depends on partisanship. It depends on those who are unwilling to compromise on core principles when they believe the result will be permanent damage to our system of self-government. It is up to the party in power to sell their programs to the American public not dismiss the opposition with comments like; "I won. You lost." or "Republicans can come along for the ride but they've got to sit in the back." Republicans, even Tea Party Republicans, were duly elected by their constituents. To dismiss them as out of touch or irrelevant is to say those voters are irrelevant. That is unacceptable no matter which party is in power.
Electing the President of the most powerful country in the world is a serious issue. The effects of the decision go far beyond our borders as allies, enemies and some of the world's most vulnerable depend on our leadership. We have elected a President based on the color of his skin in order to balance a social injustice. The world is now paying the price for that decision as thugs and bullies around the world feel empowered to ignore American power.
That is not to say that all black people are incapable of leading this great country. There are many highly qualified and competent black people who could successfully head our government. But we have witnessed the result of progressive leadership that describes the constitution as an "outdated" document and our international policy of peace through strength as one that makes us hated around the world. The truth is we are only hated by those who see America as a threat to their power and influence.
The good news is Obama and the Democrats have reminded us once again of the fragility of freedom. We now have the opportunity to change the momentum and move this country back toward one that celebrates freedom, empowers individual initiative and rewards successful people.
It is time for the voters to assert themselves and replace these power hungry manipulators. Otherwise our country is doomed to continue its downward spiral.

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