Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Contrast Obama and Washington

Here is a bonus post. I read an article in the WSJ about President Obama being more "aggressive" in his dealings with opponents. I would call on Mr Obama to recall the honor of the office he holds and find the humility that is lacking in his demeanor. I suppose by saying this, I too, am lacking humility, but there it is.
By way of contrast I paste a letter from George Washington to make my point.

To the Hebrew Congregations in the cities of Philadelphia, New York, Charleston and Richmond.
The liberality of sentiment towards each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country stands unparalleled in the History of Nations. The affection of such a people is a treasure beyond the reach of calculation; and the repeated proofs which my fellow citizens have given of their attachment to me, and approbation of my doings, form the purest source of my temporal felicity. The affectionate expressions of your address again excite my gratitude, and receive my warmest acknowledgment. The power and goodness of the Almighty were strongly manifested in the events of our late glorious revolution; and his kind interposition in our behalf has been no less visible in the establishment of our present equal government. In war he directed the sword; and in peace he has ruled in our councils. My agency in both has been guided by the best intentions, and a sense of the duty which I owe my country.
And as my exertions have hitherto been amply rewarded by the approbation of my fellow citizens, I shall endeavor to deserve a continuance of it by my future conduct.
May the same temporal and eternal blessings which you implore for me rest upon your congregations.

George Washington

Not many of us write or speak this way anymore, but you get the point. A spirit of humility in government is needed. Mr Obama is the president of the entire United States of America, not just the parts he likes. While I understand that he has a set agenda, he is still our president. Should he only listen to the voice of those who share his point of view or is he held to a higher standard? The only one who can hold him to such a standard are God and the president. Congress doesn't have the will to do it and the people can't use their voting power for a while. Pray for our president, pray for humility.

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