relatively old saying:"It's given to everyone to be wrong once in a while,

but you seem to abuse that privilege." It is probably true that we can all

think of someone to whom that statement would apply. Maybe quite a few.

But today we want to focus on its application to Barack Hussein Obama,

who presently holds the office of President of the United States. We have

received a few -- very few -- comments to the effect that we are so biased

against Mr. Obama that whenever he might do something good we would

ignore it. Not true! If he should do something right or something good for

America, we would strongly commend him for it. But until then, let's stay

with the facts, and not speculate on what might happen.

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Any discussion of leadership seems to recall to memory the often quoted

comment of the 19th century French politician Alexandre Ledru-Rollin:

"There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can

lead them." Those words are certainly applicable to Barack Hussein

Obama (yes -- beginning with his inauguration it became OK to use his

middle name, a practice which had been forbidden during the campaign)

in his desire to become a leader.

In any such discussion, four terms come to mind: the Person, the Position,

the Performance and the Perception.

[1] The Person: Reflect for a moment on what we do not know about

him, and what we do know about him. For example, we do not know

where he was born -- although three possible birthplaces have been

offered for consideration: Hawaii, Kenya or Indonesia. For some reason

he has taken every possible step to keep this a secret. We have been led

to believe that he is college educated, and trained as a lawyer, but again

for some reason he has kept secret any such records which would verify

those qualifications. What he has not kept secret is that he worked as a

"ward heeler" (more politely called "community organizer") -- a job

defined as "a low-level political operative who solicits votes and

performs chores for his political boss" -- in Obama's case the Daley

political machine in Chicago. And we know that in 2004 he won a seat

in the U.S. Senate, served part of a term, and in 2007 began an active

campaign for president in the 2008 election.

This also we know about him, in his own words. On June 3, 2008, after

winning the Democrat nomination he said: "I am absolutely certain

that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our

children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for

the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the

rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal..." And

on Oct. 31, 2008, just prior to Election Day, he said: ╲We are five days

away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.╡

[2] The Position: This doesn't require much discussion; he is President

of the United States, with solid, unassailable support of both Houses of
Congress through the Democrat majorities, and an almost equally

unassailable support of the U.S. Supreme Court with a very likely 5-4

Liberal majority. And such control brings to mind the warning of

Founding Father, James Madison, in 1788:"The accumulation of all

power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands ... may

justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." And yet, as we

shall see, even tyranny does not always guarantee success as a leader.

[3] The Performance. Our opening quote from Ledru-Rollin portrays

the disconnect between the American people and the nation's elected

leader. One of the first major undertakings by President Obama was to

reshape the nation's health care system. A strong majority of American

voters opposed the proposed bill -- even though neither they nor their

elected members of the House and Senate had read it. After it had been

rammed through to passage by both houses and signed into law by the

president, calls for its repeal began to be voiced, and as of the latest

polls, just released this week, now a full 60% favor repeal, and already

several states are taking legal action to reject certain provisions in their

state. It is difficult to be a leader, when a major portion of your people

oppose what you are proposing.

Obama's other major performance was his $787 billion "stimulus" plan

which would bring stability to the economic deficits, and bolster the

employment situation, with a projected total unemployment rate of 8%.

For months now that figure has hovered closer to 10%, with at least 15

million unemployed while our future national indebtedness is at the $13

trillion level, large segments of the automobile and the financial service

industries are now owned by the federal government, and other further

spending bills in the multi-billion dollar range are becoming common.

And to add to the serious economic problems of health care, debt and

unemployment, there is the intense pro-Islamic, anti-American viewpoint

which Mr. Obama expresses at every opportunity. He had been president

for just three months when he undertook his "apologize for America" tour

and in major addresses in April, 2009, to Muslim audiences in Ankara,

Turkey and Cairo, Egypt, he said, "I've come here to seek a new

beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,

one based on mutual interest and mutual respect ... I consider it part

of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against

negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear... Although we have

a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a

Christian nation ... We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are

bound by ideals and a set of values."

It is obvious that at that time Obama thought that he could, by his own

personal charm and personal conviction, make Muslims like us and end

the conflicts in the middle-East. It is also obvious that he is now

beginning to discover that his desires are incompatible with reality, that

long-ingrained tribal animosities are more powerful than he at first

imagined them to be. That discovery will ultimately come to match the

existing reality when he faces failure, as have all others before him, to

reason successfully with unreasonable people.

[4] The Perception. This has frequently been called "The age of the

polls." Like it or not . . . agree with the results of the various polls or

not . . . polling does give us a quick snap-shot of how the American

people feel about any one subject at any one point in time. Thus after

slightly over 18 months in office, President Obama's approval ratings

have been on a steady down-hill slide. As of this week his overall

approval rating is at its lowest point -- just 43% approve of the way he

is fulfilling his responsibilities as president; 56% disapprove. On a daily

basis, the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll remains locked in

double digit negatives, just 3 points above its lowest rating ever.

But on one of the specific performances which Obama undertook, the

establishing of a new, friendly, cooperative relationship with the

Muslim nations, there is a very interesting new poll to note. In 2008, the

last year of the much maligned Bush presidency, a Zogby International

poll surveyed the 6 Arab countries of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco,

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The result? 83% viewed

the United States as "somewhat" or "very" unfavorably.

Now after 19 months of the Barack Hussein Obama presidency, under a

man with supposedly a keen understanding of the Muslim world, who

had promised to restore the American image by apologizing for our

mistakes, and by extending the hand of fellowship, respect and

understanding, Zogby has repeated the same poll among the same 6

nations -- and the result is that 85% now view the United States as

"somewhat" or "very" unfavorably -- 2 points higher than during the

last year of the George W. Bush presidency.

The result of this brief, 4-fold approach? The performance, to date, of

Barack Hussein Obama, as the leader of the United States of America,

has fallen short -- far short -- of what is expected of him as that leader.

A new headline this week: "Hamas and Obama Agree!" This has

been, and remains, a major news story, perplexing to the liberal,

pro-Obama media, and providing consternation, at best, to the

bewildered White House staff members. At the dinner event honoring

Ramadan on Friday of the first week of the holy month, Mr. Obama

interjected himself into the ongoing controversy over the proposed $100

million mosque and Islamic center to erected at Ground Zero. A very

logical comparison would have been for the Japanese to erect a Shinto

shrine at Pearl Harbor. Common sense and national respect would

eliminate such a proposal immediately, as unworthy of any discussion.

But at that dinner honoring the Islamic religion, President Barack Obama,

who refused to permit any White House recognition of the National Day

of Prayer (as previous presidents of both parties have done), gave his

apparent approval to the project, in these words, "Let me be clear: as a

citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right

to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.That includes

the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private

property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and

Then after those remarks had caused a nation-wide furore -- with polls
indicating that 70% of the American people oppose the plan -- he
offered this word of "clarification:" "I was not commenting and I will
not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque
there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that
dates back to our founding. Thatâ•˙s what our country is about.╡

He was referring to the First Amendment, which states: "Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof." No one has questioned First Amendment rights --
the objection is for the religion whose adherents attacked and murdered
3,000 innocent people to build a shrine to that religion on the site of the
unprecedented attack. That religion, by the way, says: "Those who reject
Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam), take hold of them
and kill them wherever you find them." (Sura 4:89)

The leader of the proposed Islamic mosque at Ground Zero is the Imam
Feisal Abdul Rauf, whose views on 9/11 were expressed in these words:
"United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened ...
Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the
world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in
the USA.

But the Obama administration likes the Imam Rauf. Last week Philip J.
Crowley, the U.S. State Department Press Secretary, confirmed that the
Imam was an employee of the United States: "Imam Feisal will be
traveling to Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE on a U.S. Government
sponsored trip to the Middle East. He will discuss Muslim life in
America and religious tolerance. This is part of our International
Information Programs." Oh, yes . . . and doubtless the Imam will be
doing some fund-raising for his $100 million mosque.

Somehow, all this takes us back to that report out of Egypt, when that
nation's Foreign Minister, Ahmed Abul Gheit, said on Nile-TV, "The
American President told me that he is a Muslim," and went on to say
that in a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Obama the president said to him
that he is a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father and step-son of a Muslim
step-father, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he is loyal
to the Muslim agenda. The Foreign Minister said that he askeds the Muslim
world to show patience, and he promised that once he overcame some
domestic American problems, he would show the Muslim world what he
would do with Israel. (This report has not been denied by the White House
or by the Government of Egypt -- and it has been steadfastly ignored by
the American media.)

Naturally, there are scores of opinions being expressed. Here are but a
few examples. From Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman William J.
Murray: "President Obama's interference in support of the mega-
mosque near Ground Zero is perplexing... I am a personal witness to
the double standard of forced Islamic domination in a large part of
the world coupled with demand for special rights for Muslims that go
beyond tolerance in the United States."

From Rev. Jesse Peterson, President of BOND Action, "Lecturing the
American people about the need to be tolerant of a plan to erect a
mosque near Ground Zero is arrogant and foolish. Opposition to this
mosque has nothing to do with religious intolerance."

From Debra Burlingame, speaking for some of the 9/11 victims' families,
"Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America's
heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values are on
display for all to see. Building a mosque at Ground Zero is a deliberate
provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah."

And finally, concerning that new headline: Hamas, the Muslim terrorist
organization, through Mahmoud al-Zahar, a Hamas co-founder said: "We
have to build everywhere. In every area as Muslims we have to pray and
this mosque is the only site of prayer. We have to build this mosque as
you are allowed to build the church and Israelis are building their holy
places." And he added that "Hamas is representing the vast majority of the
Arabic and Islamic world -- especially the Islamic side."

Two points he missed -- there are already 100 mosques in New York City
. . . and how many churches or synagogues are permitted to be built in
Muslim countries? And how many of those which exist are being burned
or otherwise destroyed by Muslim mobs?

The usual question, and the usual answer; both of which are important:

It is evident -- or it should be by now -- that as Christians we are faced with

some serious problems and responsibilities. This we can -- and must -- do:

(1) Pray for God to give wisdom to our leaders in dealing with our nation's

problems, and to deal with them in a truly American way, based not on

"Political Correctness" but on the historic Judeo-Christian principles upon

which this nation was founded. (2) We can contact our Representatives and

Senators and tell them what we want them to do, always remembering that

they are in office because we put them there, and they work for us! And (3)

We can vote, and put in office candidates whom we can trust -- or whom we

think we can trust -- to do the right thing. Remember: Election Day, Nov.2,

is now just 76 days from today.

Take note of "what Others Are Saying"

Fouad Ajami (Johns Hopkins University): "Not long ago, Barack

Obama, for those who were spellbound by him, had the stylishness of

JFK and the historic mission of FDR riding to the nation's rescue. Now

it is to Lyndon B. Johnson's unhappy presidency that Democrat strategist

Robert Shrum compares the stewardship of Mr. Obama. 'Johnson,'

wrote Mr. Shrum, 'never sustained an emotional link with the American

people,' and chose to escalate a war that 'forced his abdication as

president.' A broken link with the public and a war in Afghanistan he

neither embraces nor chooses to abandon -- this is a time of puzzlement

for President Obama."

Robert Reich (former Secretary of Labor): "It's nonsense to think of
the economy heading downward again into a double-dip recession when
most Americans never emerged from the first dip. We're still in one long
Big Dipper ... More people are out of work today than were last year ...
The number of workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last
week to the highest level since February... Not since the government
began to measure the ups and downs of the business cycle has such a
deep recession been followed by such anemic job growth."

Skip MacLure: "╢Inner Muslimâ•˙ is a term which has increasingly been
applied with regard to Barack Hussein Obama. His latest exploit into
anti-Americanism, by hiding behind ╢religious toleranceâ•˙, has drawn
justifiable outrage from pretty much across the board, with not a few
Democrats very uncomfortable and moving towards the right."

Bill Keller ( "This President has endorsed a memorial

being built by Muslims to their greatest military victory in the 1400

years of Islam, 9/11/2001...This is a President who refused to hold any

services in the White House for the National Day of Prayer, or any

other Christian holiday, yet holds a dinner to commemorate Ramadan.

But why would anyone be surprised? After all, the Obama administration

is paying for the "ground zero victory mosque" Imam, Feisal Rauf, to go

to the Middle East on the US taxpayers dime to raise the $110 million he

needs for his 'victory mosque!'"

A few random Afterthoughts . . .

When you hear talk about "trillions," think of this: A million seconds

pass in 12 days . . . a billion seconds pass in 31 years . . . but a trillion

seconds pass in 31,688 years!

If you already didn't like lawyers, here's a new reason: The American

Bar Association (ABA) through its House of Delegates, last week

adopted Resolution 111, calling for same-sex marriage nationwide, and

urging government at every level to ╲eliminate╡ any restrictions on

homosexual civil marriages.

A trend of our time (no pun intended): Islam is now taking over time

itself, and is declaring that all time will be reset to "Mecca Time" which

will replace "Greenwich Mean Time." "Mecca Time" will run on

Arabia Standard Time which is 3 hours ahead of GMT. The new time

will start with a 3 month trial period, beginning in this month of Ramadan.

Let us never forget the wisdom of our Founding Fathers . . .

"If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation

is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to

promote the general happiness than any other form?"

-- John Adams, 1776

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of

the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than

by violent and sudden usurpations." -- James Madison, 1788

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