CHARLOTTE, NC, December 11, 2014 – In the inventory of tired, worn out “Obamanisms” another phrase has had a revival following Diane Feinstein’s CIA “torture” report. As the president is fond of saying, “That’s not who we are.”
The problem is that today no American seems to know exactly “who are we” any more, Mr. President. Certainly you don’t. But then you never did.
We are the country that elected you the first black president in the nation’s history, Mr. Obama. It was an election that prompted your wife, Michelle, to say, “This is the first time I have ever been proud to be black in America.” Remember that?
Rather than unite, you divide for the purposes of political power and gain.
The United States used to be a country guided by a written Constitution created by our founding fathers that established our republic as unique among the nations of the world with the freedoms and liberties to pursue our individual goals.
Instead, you shredded that noble document Mr. Obama and redefined it with your own interpretation. No other president ever dared to attempt such an idea, much less think about it. No other president ever wanted to.
We are the country who put men on the moon. We did it before anyone else. In fact, we did it nearly five decades ago and still no other country has accomplished that goal.
We did it because we were a country of innovation. No challenge was ever too great because we had the skills, the knowledge, the desire and the resources to achieve things beyond mankind’s wildest imagination.
We were a nation of dreamers who turned those dreams into realities.
We were a nation that lifted up rather than tore down. We were the envy of the world because we stood for progress and the brotherhood of man. Whether others agreed with us or not, we were strong in our resolve to seek the best solutions for all peoples, not just our own.
When America drew a line in the sand, the world knew that we meant what we said. Our word meant something. Our allies trusted us. Our enemies feared us.
Thanks to you Mr. President, today they mock us. Our words are empty. Our commitments are hollow.
We were a nation built upon entrepreneurship. If we could dream it, we could build it. We could make things because we did not have the restrictions of other countries. We could innovate and create. No challenge was too great.
There was pride in being an American because we knew that our principles were founded upon the morality of goodness, giving and sharing to make everyone more comfortable and prosperous.
Are we perfect? Not by a long shot. And we never will be. But the one thing we did that others did not is that we strove to be better.
We were not afraid to debate our differences. We were not scared to be strong. We did not diminish other thoughts and ideas based upon cultural differences.
Americans knew who they were without having to think about it. We knew what we stood for simply by living the American ideal. We did not have to be lectured or scolded to believe in ourselves. We did not have to apologize for our heritage.
Yes, we, like all other nations have problems, but the difference was that our country was founded on the idea that we could, indeed, find solutions.
I know who I am Mr. President and it does not resemble anything you can imagine when you say “That’s not who we are.”
When you tell us “That’s not who we are” Mr. Obama, what you really mean is “That’s not who YOU are.”
There is a huge difference and I, for one, do not like it because I know what it means to be an American.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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