Wednesday, January 05, 2011

George Washington and Barack Obama

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President Obama is fond of comparing himself to other US presidents, such as F.D.R. or Abraham Lincoln. The press, of course, supports such ideas.

Frankly, some of us see more of Jimmy Carter than other previous occupants of the oval office.

A recent article I read was a strong reminder that President Obama and his VP Biden, for that matter, have little to nothing in common with President George Washington---particularly on social or moral issues.

President Obama recently signed the repeal of federal law 10 USC 654, the law behind the "Don't ask-Don't tell" policy.

In introducing the President on the grand occasion VP Biden said, "It's a good day. It's a very good day---Mr. President, by signing this bill, you will be linking military with an abiding sense of justice. You'll be projecting power by promoting fairness and making the United States military as strong as they can be at a time when we need it to be the strongest."

President Obama's response: "You know, I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day. I couldn't be prouder."

George Washington, if he were present, would also be overwhelmed.

On March 10, 1778, at Valley Forge, General George Washington approved the dismissal from service of Lt. Frederick Goahold Enslin.

The reason?

Lt. Enslin was dismissed for "attempting to have sodomy" with John Monhort, another soldier.

The record shows, "His Excellency the Commander in Chief [George Washington] approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such infamous crimes, orders Lt. Enslin to be drummed out of camp tomorrow morning."

Two very different views of right and wrong. Of biblical morality.

Whatever Barack Obama may or may not be---he is no George Washington.

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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