SANDERS: Obama rates R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I am still rocking and reeling and mentally shaken by the public controversy last week over President Barack Obama's attempt to addr
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


I am still rocking and reeling and mentally shaken by the public controversy last week over President Barack Obama's attempt to address the nation's schoolchildren. For me the controversy represented something way more cynical than a one-week media story which captivated and engulfed the entire nation. And it continues to incite controversy, amazement and plain old confusion. It's just unbelievable. The speech which wasn't even a good 15 minutes long was a friendly talk to students about personal responsibilities, goal-setting mixed with inspiration -- the kind only a president could give. President Reagan did it. The first President Bush spoke to American students. So what was the big deal?

Let it go, Sanders, you say, but I say we can't let this go. At the bottom of this is something vile, cynical and nefarious, more than we want to believe. We must talk about it. Or, like all the other polluted social waste, it will fester in our cultural consciousness, creating more of the putrefied social toxicity which has divided us since the inception of this nation, descending on us like a deluge once the clouds become too heavy, only to descend on us like a deluge once the clouds become to heavy and catch us in the monsoons of continued separation and division.

The controversy had no basis to it. It was a shameless and bad attempt at character assassination.

Are the conservatives this reckless? Are they that angry this man has become president they will even use their own children as pawns? They said American children would be exposed to socialism and this speech was an attempt to recruit and indoctrinate them. Poppycock!

Come on! A speech of inspiration! If this wasn't so sad I would cry. But I am forced to laugh because it's so blatant. These people are desperate. My concern is that their desperate frustration does not turn into dangerous action.

This had to be most embarrassing of issues that could come out of America for the entire world to see. This stuff comes from the same people who disrupted the town hall meetings all summer. These are the people who call the president a racist every chance that they get. These are the people who talk about the president being a cult figure. These are the ones who continue to label him a socialist and a communist. These are the birthers who claim he is not an American citizen. This is the stuff that caused Rep. Joe Wilson to scream "You lie!" at the president during his address to nation on health care, with no respect for decorum, order, protocol or procedure. It demeaned the United States Congress.

These people ideas are like leftover confederates who have morphed over the century into folk who still want to bring down the Union. These are the people who never really come back to the Union. These are the people who killed Lincoln. They will do anything to debase civic culture and have done everything in their power to destroy and disrupt unity since the fall of Richmond. They create havoc, distrust, fear and suspicion between the classes and the races every chance they get.

The issue here is that a black man is president of the United States of America. And that is still an impossible pill to swallow for so many. There. I said it. It needed to be said. The total disrespect for President Obama is really what this is all about. No other president has had to go through such pitful disruption with the exception of maybe Bill Clinton.

How dare this man of such enormous talent, good will, sensibility, compassion, and overwhelming charisma lead this country? The jealousy and hatred is overwhelming. Our only consolation is that we don't live in another political setting where there would by now be an attempt to overthrow this government. What we have here is not only disrespect for the president but disrespect for our country, our political culture and our government. Such controversy sows seeds of distrust, confusion and suspicion in the hearts of the citizenry and as far as I am concerned, might be tantamount to treason.

Like it or not Barack Obama is the elected president. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his policies is not the issue here. If you disagree with his policies there is an alternative in America; it's called elections! The issue here is R-E-S-P-E-C-T! He is owed R-E-S-P-E-C-T!