Dis­ap­point­ment, dis­trust, hope

The Covington News - - OPINION - T. PAT CAVANAUGH PUB­LISHER T. Pat Cavanaugh is the pub­lisher of The News. He can be reached at pca­vanaugh@rock­dale­news.com

Pub­lisher’s note: The below col­umn rep­re­sents my own per­sonal feel­ings; it is not nec­es­sar­ily the opinion of the pa­per. If you wish to re­but my thoughts and de­fend the pres­i­dent’s poli­cies, we will be glad to pro­vide you the same space, run with no com­ments from the pa­per.

In my life­time we have had pres­i­dents that I have thought were at best medi­ocre, but I still trusted them and re­spected them as my pres­i­dent. I had no fear that through their lead­er­ship ev­ery­thing I had been taught and had learned about this coun­try would dras­ti­cally change.

Even Jimmy Carter in his term as pres­i­dent, who at his best was bad, was an hon­or­able man.

Then came Barack Obama. Although I didn’t vote for him, and for sure I didn’t agree with his phi­los­o­phy, I was ready to at least ac­cept and re­spect him as our pres­i­dent. But his ar­ro­gance and de­ter­mi­na­tion to change dras­ti­cally the val­ues that I have re­spected over all my years changed that hope al­most im­me­di­ately.

This dis­trust started with his first world tour where he apol­o­gized for Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism; his habit of not telling the truth; his own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion; his se­lec­tion of ad­vi­sors, es­pe­cially the czars; and un­for­tu­nately the list just goes on.

His ac­tions over the last six years has made it im­pos­si­ble for me to show any re­spect what­so­ever for his lead­er­ship. The lat­est mess at the border and his habit of blam­ing every­one else ex­cept him­self and his fail­ure to be de­ci­sive on world af­fairs have con­vinced me there is not go­ing to be a change for the bet­ter over the next two years; in fact for all prac- tical pur­poses, our great ship of state is go­ing to be rud­der­less.

I have had a hard time fig­ur­ing out for my­self why he has taken the coun­try in the di­rec­tion that he has and why he has no re­spect for en­forc­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, which he swore to up­hold un­til I heard a re­cent in­ter­view with Bill Ay­ers. Ay­ers was and is the ul­ti­mate ter­ror­ist. His group the “Weather­men” put the fear of God in most of us dur­ing the 60’s. That group bombed, maimed and killed peo­ple; the fact that a bomb blew up and killed three of that group saved us from the hor­rors of hav­ing hun­dreds of mil­i­tary per­son­nel killed at a mil­i­tary ball on a base in New Jersey.

Ay­ers in his in­ter­view on Fox News, still to this day, de­nies his group did any harm to civil­ians nor does he show any re­morse or change of heart on what they did and for that mat­ter, nei­ther does his wife Ber­nadette Dorn, who is a ter­ror­ist in her own right, prob­a­bly worse than Ay­ers.

He claims he barely knew Barack Obama back in the pres­i­dent’s early Chicago days. This state­ment is just not true. Nor does he talk with him now, he claims; that’s hard to be­lieve.

Lis­ten­ing over the years to the pres­i­dent’s speeches, al­most ev­ery phi­los­o­phy that Bill Ayres still es­pouses has been echoed by the pres­i­dent at one

Then came Barack Obama. Although I didn’t vote for him, and for sure I didn’t agree with his phi­los­o­phy, I was ready to at least ac­cept and re­spect him as our pres­i­dent. But his ar­ro­gance and de­ter­mi­na­tion to change dras­ti­cally the val­ues that I have re­spected over all my years changed that im­me­di­ately.” hope al­most

time or another and in one form or another.

In fact Bill Ay­ers would be in prison right now if his case was not over­turned by a tech­ni­cal­ity.

It’s alarm­ing; if you haven’t heard or read his com­ments, please do so. If in fact the pres­i­dent be­lieves in many of Ay­ers ideals, I feel you might come to same con­clu­sion that I have: that we have a leader who seems hell­bent on chang­ing the very ideals our coun­try has been es­tab­lished on.

I think the most con­cerned we should be about Bill Ay­ers and his ilk is that most of them are now col­lege pro­fes­sors and high school teach­ers. That should con­cern you more than any­thing else.

I also saw in the last few weeks, “Amer­ica,” a movie pro­duced and writ­ten by Di­nesh D’Souza. I would rec­om­mend you see it; at the end of the movie, peo­ple stood and cheered.

Many who did this were baby boomers. I sus­pect they did this be­cause they do still be­lieve in the con­cept that we live in the best coun­try the world has ever pro­duced and that we can insure as baby boomers that it will still be here for our grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren, but only if we rise out of our easy chairs and get in­volved again like we used to in our com­mu­ni­ties. You re­mem­ber when we were in­volved in church and civic groups and even pol­i­tics?

As baby boomers we did change our coun­try for the good. The prob­lem is that we have al­lowed that good that we have done to be hi­jacked by ide­al­ists who feel that they’re owed ev­ery­thing we have earned for noth­ing.

What we need is a Congress that has courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion and does not go along just to be able to go along.

What we need is a re­vival of good com­mon sense and pa­tri­o­tism and that’s up to you to do.

We don’t need to turn back the clock and just hope things will go back to the way they were in the good old days and for sure there are things that need to be ad­justed and changed to insure our Repub­lic’s fu­ture.

One way to insure this at ev­ery fu­ture elec­tion is do your home­work and get out of your com­fort zone and vote. If you do that then and only then will change be­gin to hap­pen.

I firmly be­lieve that change can hap­pen with some ex­tra ef­fort on our part; do you?

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