I have been watching the actions of Obama, and his Administration during the past year, and the actions they have taken since the Oil Spill Crisis began, and I have seen a serious detachment between their ideas of what is important, and what the citizens of this country think is important. The Oil Spill Crisis is an excellent example of why our leadership is foul, why it has no true connection with the citizens of America, and why they all seem to want to lead with lies and promises, not honesty and true leadership! It all has to do with character and experience, and both are seriously lacking in the Halls of Congress and the White House! There is a big difference between a President who has experience in real leadership, especially one with military experience, and one who’s only experience is in “Community Organizing”, which is no more than an effort at building one’s own power and reputation! Let me explain this in a way that I understand, that all of my ‘Nam brothers understand, as we know the true meaning of “Honor”!
Honor has two definitions, both involve “Dignity” and “Pride”, although both have different meanings for those values, and only one has the value of “Integrity”. Let me break it down in this manner:
1. Every soldier is trained to show dignity, pride, and integrity, and is expected to serve his, or her time with full honor for his country, the service, and the men and women he served with. But, when a soldier has been in combat, those qualities become a natural, heartfelt system of values that guide him through the rest of his life, as he has seen the deaths of his friends for the survival of the country he loves, the home of his family and friends, and he fully understands the value of living in a free country, one where the citizens have the right to speak as they wish, to work to build good lives for themselves, and to build a secure future for his children and grandchildren! He knows that nothing comes without cost, that there is no such thing as a free life, that it takes deep, personal effort to gain the education and experience necessary to achieve the lifestyle that he wishes to provide for his family!
To him; the meanings of Honor, Dignity, Pride, and Integrity are as follows:
Honor: A principled uprightness of Character; personal integrity. A code of integrity, dignity and pride.
Dignity: The quality, or state of being worthy of esteem, or self-respect. Every Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman, or Reservist stands proud as a protector of the values of our great country, and they will fight and die, if necessary, to protect the freedoms and rights of every American citizen! They will, willingly, sacrifice their own lives so that others may live free! And they do it without seeking honor, popularity, or self-importance; they see it as only doing their job.
Pride: A sense of one’s own proper dignity, or value. To the members of our military, that means that they understand that they are in the military, that they serve with the very best our nation has to offer, they are proud, and show great pride in being able to serve our country with every other man and woman who gives their time to keep our nation free!
Integrity: The adherence to moral values; honesty. This means following through their lives with the above definitions of Honor, Dignity, and Pride, without ever losing the true meaning of those values, and displaying them to the world in their own actions. They never forget the bravery of the men and women they served with, and they keep their own moral compasses aligned with the Code of Honor of the service.
2. Obama, his Administration, and many other politicians in our country live their lives on a basis of how they can build their own importance, how they can gain everything they want and need, then they look to how they can do things for the citizens they serve, in a manner that will enrich themselves, and build their own political power! Their needs come first, sometimes over the needs of their own families, and always over the needs of the people. Their definitions of the values above are as follows:
Honor: “Glory or recognition. Distinction”. In other words; our politicians drive their lives by seeking glory and recognition, and they feel that they are “Distinct”, that they stand above all others, due to “who” they are!
Dignity: Dignity is “a sense of self-importance”. There is no “value of character” for them, they reap dignity as a “Mark of Honor” for being elected, or appointed to office. They don’t earn it, they take it!
Pride: The definition of their “Pride” is “arrogant or disdainful conduct, or treatment. Haughtiness.” In other words: knowing that everything they do is exactly right, because they do it! A sense of feeling superior to everyone else in this country, especially the citizens who vote for them. As said to me when I worked on the Hill; ” They ( the citizens ) know what they want, we know what they need!” And it is that lack of being in touch with the citizens, and what they need, that is destroying our country and wasting our freedoms!
And, as we have all learned; there is no integrity in Washington, DC, or in many State and local governments! They will lie, cheat, steal from you, and ruin your lives, if it will get them what they want!
The above differences have been shown lately in Obama’s neglect of the Oil Crisis when it happened, by going to Chicago to party with friends on the weekend that celebrates the honor of those who sacrificed their lives defending our nation, neglecting both them, in a time of crisis for our nation, and by neglecting the necessity of gaining control over the oil spill! It was shown when he refused to become involved in the Crisis until it threatened his credibility as the “President”! It also showed by his failure to act in a responsive manner to begin cleaning up the oil spill when it began destroying the futures of the people who work in the Gulf, and by shutting down oil drilling on our own territory, making us even more dependent upon nations that hate us, building their financial strengths against us! He didn’t care about what was happening to our country, he cared about how it made him look! And his Administration took vacations, following his lead, instead of working to end the crisis before it got out of control! A true leader, a military leader, would have examined the situation immediately, explored various options in solving the problem, then would have begun working on fixing the situation while he still had an opportunity to keep it from growing out of control! A “Community Organizer” is not used to doing the work himself, he is used to having underlings do all of the research, examination, and repair work, while he stands, high on a hill, accepting glory for “his actions” in “improving the situation”! America is a nation, not a community, and we are a nation under crisis, both the oil spill, and the destruction of our economy, and we need a true “LEADER”, not a “COMMUNITY ORGANIZER”! If this recent crisis has proven anything, it is that Obama is not only not qualified to be the President of our great nation, it has proven that his sense of responsibility is not to the citizens of this nation, but to the world and his own ego! Keep this situation in your mind, take note of what is happening, and remember it in November; we need everyone to stand up, as true Americans, and vote to remove every trace of “normal” politics from our government, to take away Obama’s power, and return it to the true holders of America’s honor; the citizens of this great nation!
WAKE UP AMERICANS, OR LOSE AMERICA!
Michael J. Kilgus