Eight Long Years
October 15, 2018
For eight very long years, those of us who love freedom; want a smaller, more responsive, more frugal government; believe in rule of law; care about a strong national defense, and understand the United States is special in the history of the world suffered under the “leadership” of Barack Obama and his Administration.
With President Obama, there always seemed to be a disconnect between what he said with words and what he said with action. We eventually learned his actions were louder, and far more worrisome, than his words.
Very often, he would say what most people wanted to hear, only to turn around and do the opposite. Point in fact: in speech after speech he said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” He said it over and over, knowing full well it wasn’t true. It was a blatant lie intended to lull Americans into a sense of passivity as he pushed for a federal take-over of health care.
In another case, he and Hillary — along with other top Obama officials — stated that the tragic deaths in Benghazi were the result of a rogue video by an American film maker. Again, they knew damn well it was a lie.
The point here is not necessarily to relive the despair we experienced under President Obama, but rather to contrast the behavior of us conservatives during that sad period vs. the behavior of Democrats during the first two years of the Trump presidency.
NOT once did we inconvenience the public by blocking traffic. We never attacked anyone who marched in favor of Obamacare, a smaller military, gun confiscation, or any other leftist policy. We didn’t tear our clothes off and yell incoherently. We didn’t beat up senior citizens (or anyone else) because their opinions differed from our’s. We didn’t destroy police cars, burn down university buildings, or smash windows.
We didn’t harass his staff, advocate his impeachment, persecute his appointees, or suggest it would be the least bit humorous to see his head severed from his body.
I bring this up because of the utter lack of civility by the left. For the life of me, I can’t imagine why the hysterics and heinous behavior— other than they hate Trump.
Could it be because they are paying lower taxes, watching their 401k balances skyrocket, seeing employment increase to historic levels among all workers, among, and especially minority families?
Or is it because peace is breaking out on the Korean Peninsula for the first time in 70 years? Is it that our military is better able to protect us from terrorists and other bad actors? Could it be because his re-negotiated NAFTA deal is creating fairer conditions for America’s workers? Or is it because Americans held prisoners by foreign governments are being released without massive bounties paid by U.S. taxpayers?
Believe me, we conservatives know what it’s like to feel threatened and repulsed by the occupant in the White House. To put it bluntly, Obama made our skin crawl.
But for most of us, Obama was our president — not because he was our choice, but because he was duly elected. We respected the office even when we didn’t respect the man.
Oh sure we opposed his policies. We called talk shows, we put bumper stickers on our cars, we supported candidates we believed would protect us from his leftist socialist ideology. We even promised voters to turn around the damaging policies, regulations, and taxes Obama and his mob foisted on our people, our businesses, and our country. But we were civil about it.
The violence and malevolence of the left will only be tolerated for so long. You can’t continue to destroy our property, throw drinks in our faces, chase us out of restaurants and theaters, beat up our seniors and kids, and believe we will continue to remain civil. We’re reaching our threshold.
My message to Democrats is this: it’s in your interests, and our’s — not to mention our nation’s future — that we find a way to talk together thoughtfully and neighborly. We don’t expect you to sacrifice your principles, we won’t sacrifice our’s. But we do expect you to be considerate of our laws and the right of your fellow citizens to hold beliefs with which you disagree.
If you don’t know how, then learn from us and how we behaved when our roles were reversed.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.