Friday, November 22, 2013

The Presidency after 50 years; Reminder of What We Lost

Fifty years ago, the office and personage of the presidency was treated with respect, even reverence. Now, it has become something to be attacked and treated with disdain. Granted, politics has become a many splendored and moneyed thing, but that doesn't excuse the sickness of this nation and it's unconscionable treatment of the current president, making him a caricature of something he never was, is not now, nor will ever be.

Whatever your politics, our president was elected twice, and legally. He is a good man who has made history against all odds, a man facing a legislative branch more obstructive than at any time in the nation's history. Let's not forget who has thwarted anything this man has suggested to improve the lives of the common man, woman and child in America. He is a true American, one whose story would be impossible in a supposedly united nation without the gravitas and humanity of people like JFK, RFK and MLK.

We have lost our way, but our president has not. His heart is in the right place and his efforts have always been in our collective favor. The way we have treated him is unacceptable. What time I have left will be spent defending him, because he is worth defending, and so is the office he holds. Remember that the next time you complain when he doesn't live up to your unreasonable expectations considering the constant war he has had to tolerate from all sides in his own country, let alone others.