SAN JOSE, CA – January 28, 2014 — President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address tonight, but back in mid-January, the New Yorker magazine published an interview with the president in which, among other things, he defended his position on his policies as he attempted to conjure an image that “supporters of states’ rights should also acknowledge the history tied to that philosophy, which was key to southern thinking during the Civil War and the civil rights movement.”
The article also added a perception that popular opposition comes against Obama due to the fact that he is black, and such criticism of his administration “comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country…”
While the president managed to point out that “opposition to large federal powers does not make one racist, but … supporters of states’ rights should also acknowledge the history tied to that philosophy, which was key to southern thinking during the Civil War…” Obviously, the barbed point being made seemed to be that supporters of state’s rights are in the latest version of racists.
Without appearing too disrespectful, one hopes or assumes that the president has done a bit of homework on the matter before he made such incendiary comments which could be taken personally by a lot of old white folks who happen to know history from a different perspective (before revisionist historians infected the country with borderline Marxist interpretive history).
Prior to and during the Civil War, white southern slaveholders did utilize the easily defensible point that President Lincoln was eradicating state’s rights and those damn Yankees were sticking their noses into the business of the southern states, but the argument was essentially their facade of logic for the “right” to own human beings.
The Confederate leadership, especially President Davis and Vice President Stephens were more forthright and sliced into the fundamental premise of our nation as outlined by the Declaration of Independence as the signers were willing to die for the concept of “All men are created equal…” Such Confederate leaders claimed Jefferson and the Founders were mistaken and they lied. Today, there seems to be a similar perspective alive, but it flows from the halls of Big Government.
One thing that Abraham Lincoln understood very clearly was that he was president of all of the United States and not just the Republican Party or his political supporters. Lincoln was a strong president, but more importantly, he was a man of strong conscience. He was a very adept politician, but he was also blessed with a deep sense of right and wrong.
Not all presidents have been created equal, as some were not men of good conscience or men of strong moral character. Thus, despite being a strong president, he was humbled before the Constitution, and Lincoln respected his limitations under the law of the land. Lincoln was only able to implement the Emancipation Proclamation by way of the war powers vested in the president by the Constitution as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. military.
While Obama’s sweeping presidential decrees empower him and ensure his Party’s rule, the Emancipation Proclamation could only exert any effect upon the Confederate States during the period of time the U.S. government was engaged in armed conflict with the Confederacy.
Lincoln’s effort was deliberately measured and limited in so many ways, and due to Lincoln’s concerns as he hesitated to overstep his authority by restraining federal dictates to be directed only toward the defiant states. The effort was a response to the rebellious states which had abandoned the document establishing the Union: the Constitution. Today Obama and his Party are shredding the meaning of the document. This is precisely what many “old white” folks are concerned with – similar concerns of the Founding Fathers.
President Obama using the example of states’ rights advocates in the South during the time of the Civil War attempts to deflect this perception of these ‘misguided’ old white folks, and it subtly equates them with white southern slave owners. However, it does not negate the fact that the Democrats have grown into the Party of Absolute Power seeking not to adhere to the Constitution, but seeks to byass it, to outright ignore it, or to intentionally destroy it.
Obama’s cleverly phrased words, or the Democrats blatant manipulation of the Law of the Land, can only be tolerated for so long. The use of racism as a shield or a spear to allow the Democrat Party to get away with the destruction of freedom and liberty will not continue if enough old white folks and all people of color wake up to such divisive tactics.
Amazingly enough, Abraham Lincoln referred to such people over 100 years ago:
“…good men, who love tranquility, who desire to desire to abide by the laws and enjoy their benefits, who would gladly spill their blood in the defense of their country, seeing their property destroyed, their families insulted, and their lives endangered, their persons injured, and seeing nothing in prospect that forebodes a change for the better, become tired and disgusted with a government that offers them no protection, and are not much averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose.”
The Founding Fathers initially acknowledged such a sentiment among the people as well – in the Declaration of Independence. But to the Democrats, that document seems to be viewed as just the outdated concerns of a bunch of old white guys.