Obama Fails to Become Lincolnesque
The Kansas City Star
President Obama chose to give his State of the Union address on February 12th, Lincoln’s birthday, to continue his fantasy that he is a president in the image of Abraham Lincoln our 16th President.
Both became President during a national crisis—Lincoln’s the slavery issue and the beginning of the Civil War, Obama’s the financial crisis. That might be where the similarity ends. Lincoln kept his focus on the slavery issue during the first 4 years of his presidency assisted in that effort by the Civil War.
But during that time he used his power as the Commander-in-Chief to write the Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. It was the first step toward the 13th Amendment passed in January 1865. President Obama presented an $825 billion stimulus spending bill in 2009 which was passed by the legislature after reducing it to $787 billion.
Lincoln’s first step, the Emancipation Proclamation, freed slaves if only in the rebel states. Obama’s first step to solve the financial crisis was by spending another $787 billion putting America further in debt.
Lincoln followed his first step by working with Congress and buying votes to ultimately pass the 13th Amendment which freed all of the slaves. Obama has never worked with Congress to present a budget with the goal to solve the financial issue. In his State of the Union, the budget got very little consideration with no focused plan to fix the issue in spite of the fact that it is still the number one concern of the people.
President Obama is going on a campaign tour to continue to do what he does best—talk—while Lincoln took action and in 5 years he had fixed the slavery issue. President Obama still has time and let’s hope that he will try to become a leader with a real focus on the problem and a determination to work with Congress to fix the problem. Then he will have earned the right to be called Lincolnesque.