It’s Personal Now

A while back one of my daughters saw Obama on the TV and blurted out “I hate him.” Realizing she had been listening to my tirades aimed at the TV every time The Lightworker opened his mouth, I took the opportunity to explain to my darlin’ that while we can hate his policies, we didn’t know Obama personally and that our dislike of his administration did not, could not, mean that we hated him as a man.

Recently that has been changing though. His arrogance and condescension have been slowly moving my dislike from policy and position based, to a more personal dislike. The more I see of his public character the more I’m starting to dislike him as a person. I readily admit that even if I was ever to meet him I probably wouldn’t want to have a beer with him, but I haven’t really disliked him on a personal level until today when I heard that he can’t even keep the living and dead recipients of the Medal of Honor straight.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award our nation can bestow. It is revered with an almost mythical quality by those who understand what must be done for a man to earn it. And for the family of Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, and for the families of six other Long War warriors who sacrificed all for others, it’s pale blue ribbon represents the life of a beloved father, husband, son, brother. A life freely given so that others may live.

Obama has disgraced himself, the office of President, and the memory of SFC Monti. He has cheapened the Medal presented to Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta, the only living recipient from the Long War. And he has demonstrated in pure naked ugliness the shallowness of of his soul, and his total lack of personal character, dignity, and honor.

Speaking at the ceremony where he presented the Medal of Honor to the parents of SFC Monti, Obama said;

“Of all the privileges serving as President, there’s no greater honor that serving as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known.”

It is an honor that you Sir are wholly undeserving of, and it is a post that is blemished by your association with it, if you even believe your own statement. When previous Presidents have spoken similar words, the listener could reasonably believe that for once a politician was speaking the truth. In a quiet aside while presenting the Medal of Honor to a recipient during Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson famously said that he would trade in the Presidency for the pale blue ribbon and white stars of the Medal of Honor. For all his faults, Johnson knew what the Medal meant, to the recipient, to the military, and to the nation. Obama has no such understanding. To him it is nothing more than just another photo op, another political machination, another ceremony required by the office. SFC Monti was just another name, one more of the unwashed who foolishly believed in something greater than themselves; who lived a life according to antiquated notions of duty, honor, country.

You spoke of those values Mr. President, remember?

“Duty. Honor. Country. Service. Sacrifice. Heroism. These are words of weight. But as people – as a people and a culture, we often invoke them lightly. We toss them around freely. Do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice? Jared Monti knew. The Monti family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment.”

A life that you have dishonored by failing a simple moral imperative. A life sacrificed for those values that “we” invoke so lightly. A death that was forgotten by you as soon as you had left the room.

To lie during a campaign or scandal is a moral failing so common that it has become expected, a sad commentary on the state of American society. Speaking empty platitudes and patronizing the listener are skills cultivated by the politician. By his “gaffe”, as it’s being called, Obama has shown that every word he said to the bereaved family of SFC Monti were also platitudes, false praise and lies.

If my daughter were to again make the statement I referenced earlier, sadly I feel that my response would be very different.

29 comments

  1. 1
    FrJim, Imperial Chaplain growls and barks:

    Too many of our national leaders really misunderstand the nature of those values because they don’t serve in the military before serving in Congress.

    Can anyone see downside to amending the Constitution, requiring military service before serving in the Federal government?

    -Jim+

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    his arrogance and condescension have been slowly moving my dislike from policy and position based, to a more personal dislike.

    my personal dislike of him began when he stated that our position would be to “continue to bear witness” as the freedom demonstrators died on the streets of Tehran. That’s when I decided that I despised this arrogant poser…..now I really despise him.

    However, this whole screw up is pretty easy to explain, he was talking without his teleprompter….that said, I have to give him credit for even remembering SFC Monti’s name. Doesn’t make him any less of a bastard in my book though.

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    Mike M growls and barks:

    WTF? Just the other day we were informed that “Barack has a memory like a steel trap…He has a gift in that way, able to retain information, know more than those who are briefing him…”. Never forgets a name, never forgets a face, and has nothing but the deepest respect those “corpsemen”. Same thing goes for the solders, semen, hairmen and Mariners.

    TOTUS: Don’t leave home without it, Barack.

  4. 4

    Excellent catch Mike, I had forgotten all about that particular “insight” into the glory that is the Immaculated One.

    “…the folks that he worries about and prays about before he goes to bed at night,”

    Who does he pray for the other four times a day?

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Well said, brother.

    Also, any lingering doubts as to whether Ogabelini was trying to curry favor with actual Americans with Staff Sgt Giunta’s award have been dispelled in my mind with the following quote from Ogabe’s speech:

    I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously,” Obama said.

    I, I, Me, Me, My… *retch!*

    And even so he couldn’t even get the name right.

    I piss on him!

  6. 6
    LC Anniee451 growls and barks:

    I have always hated him personally and I feel no compunctions about that. That you’ve given us further reason is no surprise.

  7. 7
    Virago growls and barks:

    I originally knew that I hated his policies and world view, but didn’t know enough about him as a person to like or dislike him. Over the course however, I can say I definitely have grown to hate his arrogance, elitist style, his total lack of leadership, his cronyism, his Chicago style thug politics, his power grab for the executive branch with his czar army, his willful disregard for some basic tenets of the Constitution, his love of every country but his own and our allies….

    As far as the military, does anyone remember how he pronounced “corpsman”. He seems to want to play the Game of Thrones with the military, not necessarily for our countries betterment, but to suck up to NATO and the UN in his utopian Marxist view that one big powerful know all, control all, government is best, at least for him and his peeps.

    And as far as his domestic ability… (snatched from the web by an anonymous poster)

    A Recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
    A Depression is when you lose yours.
    A Recovery is when Obama loses his!

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I’ve always despised him, Crunchie. Saw through that glib facade from day one, a two bit Chicago ward heeler with his giddy elves in tow. I despise him even more now, a concerted effort afoot to destroy our constitution, weaken our country and rebuild it in his image, his neurotic fellow lefties right there with him. For I have noted, with the exception of their welfare slaves, they don’t care if anyone has anything, they just want everyone to have the same amount, even if nothing, no account made for effort and investment. And of course, due to their intellectual acumen and caring, they themselves remain exempt from that foisted on the rest of us, the unwashed. I have never in almost sixty years seen this nation so divided, not even during ‘Nam. With the economic situation grim and getting worse an explosive mix. The bottom line for me is plain, I will not submit. I can be captured, I can be killed, but I will never be made a slave by socialist scum. Their problem will be doing so, mine returning the favor. I’ve already seen the damage they can do, it’s here….now. Give it another year, if we have that long, should get interesting….and yes, my powder is dry and my larder full. One country in the world has the civilian strength to resist…….
    This one.
    I’m with your daughter, Crunch.

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    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    Clinton’s thugs were Johnny on the spot when the father of that Ranger who’s naked corpse was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu held his dead son’s Medal and then told Slick Willy exactly what every Real American thinks of him, as his daughters video taped his speech. When they tried to leave the East Room they were boxed in and their cameras were confiscated.
    Not one broadcast outlet televised one word that Man said. That G I made the supreme sacrifice for Bill’s BJ.
    This time we need to see this video of OBlooper run on every site we have without respite with consent of Sgt. Monti’s family.

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    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    while we can hate his policies, we didn’t know Obama personally and that our dislike of his administration did not, could not, mean that we hated him as a man.

    I could not possibly disagree more. I hate Obama. I have since I found out about his agenda, ideology, and what his policy would be.
    I hate communists; deeply and personally. How could I not personally hate someone whose agenda is to make me a slave? And not just me, but all future generations of Americans not high up in the party apparatus?

    Frankly, I don’t even understand this sentiment.

  11. 11
    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    Evil is as evil does.

  12. 12
    LC hilljohnny, possom poker growls and barks:

    “Of all the privileges serving as President, there’s no greater honor that serving as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known.”

    It is an honor that you Sir are wholly undeserving of, and it is a post that is blemished by your association with it, if you even believe your own statement. When previous Presidents have spoken similar words, the listener could reasonably believe that for once a politician was speaking the truth.

    it makes me wonder if he can only speak the truth when he believes he is lying.

  13. 13
    Southern Libertarian growls and barks:

    Virago#7

    A Recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
    A Depression is when you lose yours.
    A Recovery is when Obama loses his!

    Or when all the politicians lose thiers.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Crunchie…… that was one of the greatest pieces I have ever had the privilege of reading. As the father of a nearly 4 year old I struggle with the same thing. I try my best to raise her not to have hate in her heart, but as the latest architect of a socialist future that will harm her….. I find it hard to not have hate in my heart.

    You’ve given me things to think about.

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    lc purple raider growls and barks:

    I have always hated him personally and I feel no compunctions about that.

    Saw through that glib facade from day one, a two bit Chicago ward heeler with his giddy elves in tow.

    I could not possibly disagree more. I hate Obama. I have since I found out about his agenda, ideology, and what his policy would be.

    All this and more: I hate his ghost writer Ayers. I hate his wife, the first Klingon lardass who dares to tell me what I can eat, spoiled little girl of a Chicago ward heeler, I hate his pastor who said “G-D DAMN AMERIKKKA. I hate his circle of friends, including Raul (die, die, die) Emmanuel, Tony (have I got a deal for you) Rezko, and Blago the wonder inmate-to-be. I hate his cabinet members and czars, all hard left Marxists, who actually delight in destroying this country. I hate his enabling friends in the LSM, who all still get tingly in their legs when this charlatan vomits another pronouncement.

    I hate this man. NO ONE really ever vetted this guy. Poof, he’s in Pokistan. Poof , he’s at Occidental. Poof, he’s at Columbia. Poof, he has a law degree from Harvard. Where’s the freaking proof?

    The man was a freshly cleaned slate, we knew nothing about him, and yet fiddytwoers voted for him.

    Oh yeah, I hate the fiddytwoers too.

  16. 16
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    FrJim, Imperial Chaplain:

    Can anyone see downside to amending the Constitution, requiring military service before serving in the Federal government?

    A Heinlein gimmick–sort of. Apparently in his Starship Troopers only those who’d served could even vote. Not the worst option, I’m sure. But your proposed amendment would keep me out of the White House & other dangerous places.

    LC Caveman82952:

    The bottom line for me is plain, I will not submit

    Sic semper!

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    The man was a freshly cleaned slate, we knew nothing about him, and yet fiddytwoers voted for him.

    Oh yeah, I hate the fiddytwoers too.

    And that sir, makes me hate him and them too. To fall for his razzle-dazzle bullshit takes a wantonly stupid mind.

    Xystus- In Starship Troopers, Heinlein did posit that the franchise to vote could only be earned through service. The character Lieutenant Colonel Jean V. Dubois was Rico’s History and Moral Philosophy professor in school. There is an entire chapter speaking about Rico’s discussion with Dubois over the idea of citizen vs. non-citizens. Heinlein’s concept is perhaps one of the best I’ve read or thought about regarding citizenship.

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    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    FrJim:

    Can anyone see downside to amending the Constitution, requiring military service before serving in the Federal government?

    Oh yes! It is my belief that the U.S. Military is the largest cohesive group of constitutional conservatives in America — or, if not conservative, at least they understand the U.S. Constitution better than almost any other segment of the population.

    That would argue FOR requiring military service before other government service, or before being given the vote.

    The problem is, it could easily be the other way around. Communists have shown an ability and inclination to infiltrate various institutions very patiently. Should a majority of the military be made to support a communist totalitarian State, a requirement of military service for government service, or voting, would firmly ensconce communist tyranny … permanently.

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    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    Sorry for so many comments on this one; but a nerve has been struck.

    Can someone please tell me what the hell is wrong with hate?

    If I love liberty and hate tyranny, am I a “hater”? am I “hate-filled”? a “hate-monger”?

    If God loves righteousness and hates sin, is He a “hate-monger”?

    If my child hates brocolli, have I failed as a parent? Or is it only people that I, my child, and God himself are not “allowed” to hate?

    How did the ULTRA-LIBERAL perception that to hate anyone or anything is wrong infiltrate here? And, if it’s wrong, does that not mean that it is to be hated? Or is hatred to be scorned merely out of boredom? If your agin’ hate, don’t you hate hate?

    Isn’t teaching your child WHICH things to hate more sensible than teaching them that they should hate nothing and nobody? Are we to refuse to teach our children to hate tyranny, slavery, and evil simply because we “shouldn’t” teach them to hate? Were the founders of this nation “hate-mongers”? They hated tyranny so much that they not only made war against it, they then established a government intended to ban it.

    Who told you that you (or your children) shouldn’t hate? If we are to not hate — ever — how can it be said that we do not hate hate? Wouldn’t hating hate make us haters? hate-filled? hate-mongers?

    What the fuck language is being spoken here?

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    It was not a memory or TOTUS lapse, but a deliberate slight, much like his coy finger to Hillary (and others) during the campaign. And he did this even as he illegally commits troops to action in an unnecessary kinetic action, while witdrawing troops from an unfinished war in Afghanistan he once described as necessary, and ignoring yet another theater in Iraq. Thi is all about demonstrating that the military is his personal toy to play with as he wishes. He demotes our forces from honorable soldiers to a jannisary corps, slave soldiers. Even the Roman Emperors valued their Legions, a jannissary corps iss the creation of Islamic sultans. I cannot hate him any more than I did from the moment he first slithered; but I despise those snivelling and slinking wazirs who lick his and and other even fouler parts in hope of being is dogs. Damn the perfumed princes who serve him instead of resigning in protest or provoking their own removal. Once upon a time it is reported there were officers who stood up for their men. Do not be surprised if these slaves of The One Wun, head their gholems against the rebellious peasants. I pray for awareness in the ranks.

    FrJim, Imperial Chaplain,yours is an excellent suggestion.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Crunchie and Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan,

    What is wrong with hate? Would you not have your daughters hate the Prince of Darkness abd the Father of Lies? Hate for evil is good.
    And hate for many lesser unredeemed bad people is gnerally conconed.And The Usurper may not yet have reached the depths of Hitler, Stalin and Mao, but he’s still working on it. And gaining on Lenin. Remember that Hitler became Hitler only halfway through his reign, before then being no more than a specially campy, if obnoxious variant of European tyrant.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Samsapeel1 @19,
    If I had read all the way to the end of the thread afore posting I’d have given you a tim of the hat for your comment.

    As for broccoli, try serving it with a sauce of ginger, sesame oil, and sweetened soy. I’ve always liked broccoli, but used to hate asparagus and eggplant; now they have become to of my obsessive favorite foods.

  23. 23

    And it is well deserving of hatred by any who love this nation for what it was, and could be again.

  24. 24

    Perhaps a little elaboration is needed here as to what I meant by hate. The word “hate”, and the emotion it means, are very powerful things. It is a word I do not use lightly, the way Ogabe uses “duty”, “honor” and “sacrifice”, which are also words that have powerful meanings.

    It is one thing to hate a public image or persona, to hate policies and actions. But it is another thing entirely to hate an individual person, especially one that you have never met. Hate is in your soul. Hatred of another person, as a person, is an all consuming force. It is much more than hating a belief system or an ideology. Do I hate Obama as a President? Unequivocally yes. Do I loathe and detest his administration and what it is doing to our nation? Anyone who has read even one sentence of anything I have written will have no doubt about the answer. I detest tyranny, and love freedom. enough to kill and die to ensure that my posterity are blessed with same liberty we were. But to hate Obama as a person, someone who I have never had the displeasure to meet, is more than that. And I am trying to raise my girls to understand that there is a difference between the public and personal; and that words have meanings, meanings that can not be diminished or downplayed through casual or over use.

    As I said in my original post, Obama’s disgraceful disrespect of a dead warrior’s memory is pushing me to the point that I do detest him as a person as well as an ideology or movement. I have always disliked him based on his beliefs. As far back as 2007 when he was just an inexperienced, unknown senator spouting off about his left wing plans to eviscerate our military, I have disliked him. But as I have explained with as much clarity as my migraine wracked brain can conjure, hatred is much more.

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    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    Sir Crunchie,

    Fair enough. I simply disagree on a couple of points.

    But first I think I should apologize for my rant. Although inspired by your post, and some comments, it was not meant to specifically disparage you or other commenters.

    I have perceived a spreading control of both thought and language in America through the general media. It was this that was the target of my vitriol, not you. And I should not have said or implied that your opinion was influenced by some Leftist mind assault. Hatred is simply one of those thoughts and words that I feel has undergone a dramatic shift for most people as a result of the media barrage, and alarm bells go off in my head when I see something that even remotely resembles the effects of such thought control.

    As for the differences in our views on hate, I can only say two things: 1) I am not as sparing with my hatred as you are; and, 2) repeat my comment @11 : Evil is as evil does.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Samsapeel1 and Rurik,……..

    If I may expound a bit as well. My little one will be four in a couple of weeks, she does not have the intellectual or emotional maturity to process something like hate. She’s not ready for that weight yet. I prefer to let her remain innocent, free from hate for as long as possible. I don’t even want her saying the words till she can grasp their meaning.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    I have to agree. With me there is a line between ‘dislike’ and ‘hate’. I dislike eggplant, I HATE a warm martini.

    As for Obama, I have to be careful with my comments, as I am still subject to the UCMJ, and will be for the rest of my life. Let’s just, for the sake of comparison, he is a warm martini!

    And having read ‘Starship Troopers’ and most of Heinlein’s other books, I still think he had it right. Some things must be EARNED, and not just by being born in the right country!

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    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    I’ll be honest, I hate him. I hate him for the destruction he has wreaked upon my country. I hate him for bowing to every tin pot dictator he sees. I hate him for the racial divide that has widened in this country. I hate him for things like THIS. My comment on that,

    I am done. No more of trying to be “racially tolerant”. When you point out things like this the left screams that you are a “racist”. Well, guess what, I have become the very thing that you have told me I was all along. No more will I look at any other person and think that they are an equal.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I read that with a cold, growing fury, Lobo….
    My first thought, a dozen men with semi-auto or pump twelves could have ended that shit real quick.
    The scariest part?
    I meant it.