Loss of Respect for the Man Equals Loss of Respect for the Office He Holds


by Richard H. Frank

Lee Iococca recently asked “where have all the Leaders Gone?”  It is difficult to find anyone in either political party possessing the personal integrity to stand in support of the Constitution that  they have sworn to protect and defend.  Party ideology and affiliation overrides the wants and needs of the electorate.  Special interests, corruption and manipulation of the Constitutional intent of the Founders has diminished and replaced our representative Republic.

Campaign slogans and promises evaporate in the light of day when real leadership for governance is required.  Pandering to their political base has replaced the true legislative process on both sides of the congressional aisle.  The honesty, integrity and truthfulness of our elected leaders establishes the world view of the United States.  When politicians disrespect the electorate, they as  individuals lose the respect of their constituents.  Eventually, that loss of respect carries over to the office they hold and results in disrespect for our nation around the world.

Today the legislative and executive branches of our government have achieved a new low in respect by those they purport to represent.  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and yes, even President Obama, are masters at manipulating the truth, creating unsubstantiated statistics to support their  agenda and political double speak when addressing “We the People.” We dare not call their statements lies for fear of disrespecting the office they hold or being called racist, but should just sit down and politely shut up. I am all for civility within political discourse but when our constitutional rights are at risk I say enough is enough.

I for one am tired of the non-stop campaigning with promises of transparency, job creation and the nanny state taking care of us from cradle to grave.  Personal responsiblity is considered a radical philosophy within the lexicon of President Obama’s and the 111st Congress’ agenda.

The State of the Union address needs to be fact checked by every major media outlet in America to expose the false statements and hold those that perpetuate them  accountable to the American voter.  Nancy Pelosi’s stubborn assertions that she will pass the democratic health bill further diminishes her already miserable standing with the people.

Photo-ops and standing up in front of the television cameras imploring Congress to “just get along” flies in the face of the facts concerning bi-partisanship, transparancy and backroom dealings as a new way of doing business in Washington.

The real “grass-roots American political activists” must keep up the pressure on the two major political parties and rally independent voters to help and clean house in the 2010 and 2012 elections.  Restore Government under our Constitution as a truly representative Republic for “We the People.”

4 Responses

  1. I think this is a fine article. I do, however, believe loss of respect for the man has nothing to do with the office he currently holds. That is to say Obama has little credibility but the office of president has been formed by all those serving before him. To hold the office in contempt as I do Obama, does not serve this country well. As ex-military I told the president, in one of my e-mails to him, I respect the office of president but I would go to jail rather than serve with him as commander-in-chief. This comment is based on his disrespect for those serving in the military, CIA and FBI. His knowingly asking for war combatants to be tried in civilian courts, attempts to prosecute members of the CIA and Navy Seals is beyond comprehension. My contention is he has soiled the memory of those that fought and died for our freedoms but does not reflect on the office or this wonderful nation of real Americans. I stated in a March 5th, 2009 e-mail to my “so called representatives” “that the Obama administration will present the biggest threat this country has faced in my life time.” Obama has already fully exposed his progressive social justice agenda in just one year. I believe either he will destroy this country or be impeached. It’s not just the bills he supports but the directives he gives to government agencies and executive orders he issues daily that are causing real damage.

    • Thank you for your reply. Your comment is very intelligent and thoughtful and I totally agree with your point of view. However, the purpose of this article was not to diminish respect for the office of the president but to show how the individual that holds the office affects the view of America as a nation through his policies and agenda. President Obama is the worst example of leadership since Jimmy Carter in fact he makes Carter look good in comparison.

      • I appreciate the response and I understand where you are coming from. Your comment that over time would lead to loosing respect for the office caught my attention. And again, I understand and totally agree. The office truly is the cumulative effect of over 200 years of great and not so great presidents. The congress, lets just say I’m not on their Christmas list and glad of it. This one man will perhaps go down as the one that opened the eyes of most Americans as to what will be lost if we’re not vigilant. This president is a horrible leader for a Republic but would probably do well in Russia or Cuba. The progressives must be purged from our government and education system if we are to survive as a Republic.

  2. I love this, I couldnt agree more

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