President Barack Obama and Civility

Personally Speaking by Sam Person

Once again, President Barack Obama evidently feels he can say a few words and turn the American people to his side.

He proceeds to make pronouncements as if from on high because he is rarely challenged by a large segment of the American media, which consistently overlooks the inconsistencies in his words (and deeds as well).

On August 27, President Obama seized upon the coming of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to call upon Americans to “rekindle the spirit of unity (or words to that effect).”

This statement would have greater meaning if Obama had sincerely expressed the same feeling on other occasions.

The President of the United States has a “bully pulpit,” which is at his disposal to use in leading the country in general and his political party in particular. Obama uses this pulpit far less than he uses the presidential Teleprompters.

Among other things, he approaches the subject of “ civility” as if it applies to others, but not to him and/or his high level associates. Despite his smooth-talking about the need for civility in political discourse, the many verbal attacks and inappropriate language directed at Tea Party advocates, Republican office holders and/or political candidates is a matter of record.

Then there is the manner in which civility is cast aside as the “race card” is played while the campaign for the 2012 election accelerates. In recent days, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus and some Obama media supporters have created a stir by accusing the Tea Party and Republicans of all manner of racist activity.

Surely, Obama can lead by example, and call upon his followers to cool their diatribes against other Americans.

All things considered, it has become quite obvious that the words of President Barack Obama have little meaning when compared to actions he has taken, things he has said, and promises he has made and broken.

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