Better Off

By Charlie Daniels

When you look at a presidential candidate, you are faced with the sobering fact that, if elected, he will be the most powerful person on earth for the next four years and have power over not only weapons of mass destruction, but also the economy, foreign policy, social and civil rights issues - and the quality of your life.

New candidates have to run on a limited record of public service, their character, their personality and their believability.

If the person is an incumbent, that person should stand on past achievements and the accomplishments, or lack thereof, in the last four years.

Being a good president requires much more than being a nice and charismatic guy, a good public speaker and looking good for the television cameras.

A president is supposed to be a leader, a pacesetter, a father figure, a pursuer of justice, and a champion of the American way of life, defending it around the world verbally and militarily, if necessary.

A good president is a good administrator who realizes that he can't possibly be everywhere at the same time, that he needs capable assistants to take care of the details and strong competent men and women who have the experience and ability to run departments of government, leaving him free to tackle the big problems and oversee the work the people under him are doing.

The president is the face of America to the rest of the world. Every word that comes out of his mouth is diced, dissected and analyzed by foreign leaders around the world and has to be carefully chosen so as not to show weakness or vulnerability.

A president can’t be a crybaby or petulant or petty and should, above all, take responsibility for his actions, good or bad. Harry Truman said it best, "The buck stops here,"

When we examine whether or not to elect an incumbent, we should not just ask ourselves: Am I better off than I was four years ago?  We should also ask: Is the country better off than it was four years ago?

Let's look at Barack Obama's four years in office.

One of the first things Obama did was to tour the world, apologizing for America's greatness and bowed to a Muslim king who is one of the worst human rights violators on earth.

The prestige of this nation has fallen ever since.

Do you feel better about America's place in the world than you did four years ago?

He surrounds himself with incompetence and inexperience. Eric Holder alone is enough of a testament to Obama's weakness when it comes to appointing capable personel.

Holder's tenure has been an unmitigated and unparalleled disaster. In the hands of Holder, justice is not blind and certainly not colorblind.

His refusal to turn over pertinent documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious debacle, in my opinion, means that he's got something to hide. There is no way possible that a gun running operation that crosses international borders could possibly have happened without the approval of the head of the department, if not approval at an even higher level.

Holder is not Attorney General material. The man seems to think the Constitution is a list of suggestions. He is dangerous.

Do you feel better about the Justice Department than you did four years ago?

Tim Geithner's understanding of the street level economics is either non-existent or well hidden. He looks and acts like a lost child.

Do you feel better about the treasury department than you did four years ago?

Have you flown lately? If you have, you probably got a taste of Janet Napolitano's style of Homeland Security. It seems that the TSA just goes from one blunder to another and there's simply no telling how many terrorists have crossed our border with Mexico unimpeded.

Do you feel safer now than you did four years ago?

Obama has had more Czars that the entire history of the Russian Monarchy and, in most cases, we don't even know what they do.

Obama has shown his contempt for the Constitution on several occasions. He has also shown his contempt for the will of the people with his sneaky midnight legislation and further corrupting of the already corrupt houses of Congress to get his socialist agenda passed over the will, and behind the back, of We The People.

Do you feel that your government represents your interests better than it did four years ago?

Obama’s whispered conversation with Russian President Medvedev, when he thought the mics were off, bespeaks what a second Obama term would be. And, his message for Vladimir that “after my election I’ll have more flexibility” is a harbinger of some dealings with the Russians he wants to hide from the American voting public.

His secretly recorded "guns and religion” statement seems to pretty much sum up how he feels and talks about Middle America when he thinks it can't hear him.

Do you trust the president more than you did four years ago?

A net two million jobs have disappeared under Obama, the national debt has grown to sixteen trillion dollars and is getting bigger every day,

Do you feel better about the economy than you did four years ago?

Obama has been the most socially divisive president in my lifetime. He fans the flames of racial and class envy any time he thinks it will benefit him politically.

Do you feel better about race relations than you did four years ago?

Obama talks about all the jobs he saved by bailing out General Motors, but many of those jobs are overseas and don't benefit the American economy or tax base at all.

His chosen head of the White House’s “Jobs Council”, Jeffrey Immelt - the head man at General Electric - moved the manufacturing of GE light bulbs to China.

Do you feel better about keeping your job than you did four years ago?

And how about Tom Vilsack's Agriculture Department wanting to tell farm families the age at which their children can operate machinery. Mr. Vilsack is evidently out of his depths and knows very little about the family farm.

Do you feel better about raising your family without government interference than you did four years ago?

Kathleen Sibelius should be called the secretary of health, welfare and abortion because she has at least as much interest in terminating the unborn as she does in health and welfare.

Is the country better off than it was four years ago?

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our country.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

http://cnsnews.com/blog/charlie-daniels/better

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Comment by Jerseygal on May 20, 2012 at 6:48am

Thanks Homer! He laid it all out quite concisely!

Comment by RNhunter on May 23, 2012 at 1:24am

Great blog there JG.  I was also impressed to see you in blog land here.  But yes, you make great points.  In the factories I ran, I also learned from the people who worked there as well as them learning from me.  One thing they demanded is that people be "genuine".  They said it this way "Some people talk the talk and some people walk the walk".  Perhaps that is bad grammar but it is quite profound.  What Obama said and what he does are two different things.

As for him blaming others, I cannot believe that politicians get away with that.  At least three times in my career I took over a group in trouble.  I never spent one second complaining about my predecessor.  There is no point of that, since day one, I was already changing things.  The second reason is that in industry if someone complains about their predecessor they would likely be fired since the higher ups would merely say "that means that you are the wrong person to fix it".

Yep, Obama, for many reasons, the lack of being genuine, and his inability to make anything better, is the wrong person - as you say.

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