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.

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FrJim, Imperial Chaplain
FrJim, Imperial Chaplain

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+

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

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… Read more »

Mike M
Mike M

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… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

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… Read more »

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

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

Virago
Virago

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… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

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,… Read more »

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts

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… Read more »

Samsapeel1
Samsapeel1

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… Read more »

Samsapeel1
Samsapeel1

Evil is as evil does.

LC hilljohnny
LC hilljohnny

“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… Read more »

Southern Libertarian
Southern Libertarian

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.

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan

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… Read more »

lc purple raider
lc purple raider

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… Read more »

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

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:… Read more »

LC Jackboot IC/A
LC Jackboot IC/A

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… Read more »

Samsapeel1
Samsapeel1

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… Read more »

Samsapeel1
Samsapeel1

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… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

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… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

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,… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

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… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

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

Samsapeel1
Samsapeel1

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… Read more »

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan

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… Read more »

LC Draco
LC Draco

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… Read more »

LC LOBO
LC LOBO

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… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

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.