Shortly after Obama was elected in November 2008, there were many conservative bloggers that stated that they were not going to proclaim that Obama was not their president. This was, of course, in response to the eight solid years of Leftist whining about how George Bush wasn't really their president, that somehow both Al Gore and John Kerry had been cheated out of the presidency by the man many of them thought was mentally challenged. That they never quite understood what their stand said about the mental abilities of their chosen Dear Leader(s) is another point altogether.
I, however, never made that statement based on one, and only one, belief I held about Obama. I believed that he hated, with a deep-seated passion, and long-held beliefs, the US military. And I was, and will always be, a soldier. I cannot swear allegiance to a man that I believe is loath to acknowledge the many sacrifices that servicemen and servicewoman made for this country that had given him so much. And proclaiming that man to be my Commander-in-Chief would be doing just that. I'm not egotistical enough to believe that I, holding out my support of Obama as Commander-in-Chief, made one iota of difference to anyone...but me. But it does make a difference to me, and that difference is something I'm proud of.
Now that I have seen the way that Obama and his ilk in Congress are willing to shred the very meaning of our Constitution, in order to deprive us of some of our freedoms, I know that I was right in reserving any show of loyalty to Obama as President. I understood that as a soldier, I was not just defending this country and its freedoms for today, but was in fact doing the much more meaningful, and much more worthy job of ensuring that this country, and these freedoms, were there for my children, my grandchildren, and for many generations to come. This is and has been the core belief that many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have lived, and died, by. When the "greatest generation" went to war in WWII, they didn't fight and die by the thousands to ensure that they themselves lived in freedom. There is no freedom in a foxhole in the Ardennes, or on a beach at Tarawa. They fought and died because they wanted me and all Americans today to live in freedom. I, in turn, fought, not because I thought there was any freedom for me in a Humvee in the shithole that is Iraq, but instead so that my children, and their children, and many generations to come could live in an America that was too powerful, too dangerous, for islamists to consider a target. I fought so that for many, many years, islamists and other enemies of my children's freedom would consider any attack against America as a suicide mission not just for them, but also for their cause.
But I see now that it is much easier for a man like Obama to take away my freedom, and my children's freedom, from the inside through payoffs, bribes, kickbacks, graft, pork, and whatever other means are necessary. When the House of Representatives voted to approve a law that would diminish my freedoms and increase my debt to the state, it was one thing. But when that law was passed against the wishes of a clear majority of the people of the United States, then it becomes another thing altogether. No man is truly free when he has become dependent upon the state for anything. And it is clear that Obama and the Democrats in Congress are determined to make more Americans dependent upon the state for more things while he is in office. I cannot willingly state that such a President has my country's best interests at heart.
Michelle Obama famously stated that for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of America (after we had come to recognize her husband, the ONE, as our savior). Of course not stated was the fact that for more than 20 years, a woman who had achieved what can only be described as a glorious life, was not proud of the country that had allowed her the FREEDOM to achieve everything she could possibly achieve. No, she wasn't proud of America then. Well, it's time for me to say that for the first time in my adult life, I am not proud of the direction that America is going.
This November, I intend to do all that I can to ensure that this country is set once again on a path that I can be proud of. One that observes and reveres the Constitution that we have, as a country, followed for over 200 years.
And yes, as long as Obama is willing to shred the constitution and limit my freedom, he is not my president.