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Resistance With Respect

By Ken Blackwell · Nov. 12, 2012

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his fourth term, Kansas editor William Allen White, a staunch Republican, wrote: “We who hate your gaudy guts salute you.” President Obama: We have never hated your gaudy guts. And we acknowledge that a majority of our fellow citizens of this Great Republic have saluted you and conferred upon you for the second time the office of President of the United States. We thank God that more than 120 million Americans voted in a peaceful and orderly election. That alone is a wonder of the world. (You will pardon us, Sir, if we also thank Heaven for the Twenty-second Amendment, another legacy from FDR.)

Our favorite portrait of you is the inaugural cover of The New Yorker.]  Over the past four years, we have written more than 600 columns singly and together about your administration's policies. Throughout those years, we have kept the high promise of that Inaugural Portrait in mind. We have endeavored always to remember that you hold the office held by Washington and Lincoln. We believe that office deserves respect.

We also recall the amazing spectacle of millions of Americans attending your first Inauguration. We feel deeply what your taking the presidential oath must mean, especially to our fellow citizens whose ancestors survived the horrors of the Middle Passage. Those forebears came here in chains. For our fellow citizens of African descent, your rise to the presidency holds profound spiritual and historical meaning. With our fellow Christians, we share a belief in the redemptive value of suffering.

We must in all candor admit that we have opposed most of your policies. We believe your administration daily fails to recognize the God-given right to life. We assert that what was wrong in slavery, what was wrong in segregation, is what is wrong in abortion. It treats millions of humans as less than human. TIME's Joe Klein admits that ultra-sound makes it “impossible to deny that that thing in the womb is a human being.” Mr. President, your administration denies this reality every day. Abraham Lincoln said it well: “Nothing stamped in the divine image was sent into the world to be trod upon.” President Obama: Are not unborn children so stamped?

We have also opposed your administration's policy of refusing to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. One of these laws, the Defense of Marriage Act, you have flouted from the first days of your presidency. Now, we have seen voters in four states decide to permit same sex couplings to be recognized as marriages. Thirty-two states have voted to preserve true marriage. We will see what some call “marriage equality” only when Zero equals One. We are not surprised that some today hail Tuesday's results as proving that Four is greater than Thirty-two.

True marriage benefits all and bashes none. It is the foundation of society.

The moving story of 10,000 more marriages being recorded in Tennessee in 1866 should be more widely known. Recently freed black couples came to Tennessee that year to have their slave marriages legally recognized. That's how strong was the desire to preserve family life then. That's how important marriage was for the black community. The breakdown of marriage among blacks, Hispanics, and whites has caused untold heartbreak for the nation. If you are against traditional marriage, Mr. President, you cannot have a successful administration. We will fight for this ideal with or without your support.

Your administration is paying billions to tormentors  of Christians in a number of Muslim majority lands. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently said that Christianity is the most persecuted religion on earth. You were received with joy and admiration in Germany, Mr. President. We appeal to you to change your policies in your second term. Those who oppress  neighbors who worship differently will never enjoy democracy. This must stop. You must cease taxing us to support treacherous allies who shoot us in the back.

We doubt you will be moved by our appeal. In your first term, you proved deaf to the cries of the oppressed of many lands. American blood has been shed and American treasure sunk in foreign entanglements that will result in neither freedom nor peace. And today, our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel, is in mortal peril.  No president had been as hostile to Israel's survival needs as you have been.

For the sake of our beloved country, we urge you to reverse your Mideast policy. Embracing regimens which have vowed to eradicate Israel, will bring nothing but blood and dishonor.

Finally, we pray for you, President Obama. We hope you and your family are kept safe from all harm. We believe that as we pray for you and for all those in authority, we are following God's Word.

We pray, too, that you will remember President Washington's words to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport. Washington wanted to see an America “where each shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid. May that be our America, too!


"Bitter Clinger" in Kansas said:

I submit that it is not we who harshly and accurately criticize Obama who show disrespect for the Office of President...rather it was those un-American dirtbags who voted for the man who denigrated the office, and the Constitution, and thumbed their noses at God in the process!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Tad Petrie in Westerville, Ohio said:

While I always enjoy reading your work, I must admit that I am having a hard time understanding the title, “Resistance With Respect”. Since becoming President, Barack Hussein Obama has displayed nothing but CONTEMPT for the American people and the Constitution that he swore to “preserve, protect, and defend”! He has broken the law multiple times by illegally appointing people to Administration posts without the consent of the Senate, by ordering federal law enforcement agencies to not enforce laws, (deportation of illegal aliens, Defense of Marriage Act), violating the War Powers Act, (Libya), allowing federal law enforcement agencies to provide Mexican drug cartels with weapons, (Operation Fast and Furious), violating the freedom of religion component of the1st Amendment with Obamacare, and these are just the ones that come to mind as I write this! The President has wasted hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars; he is without any doubt, the most brazen LIAR to ever occupy the Oval Office, and most recently, he INTENTIONALLY let 4 Americans DIE at the hands of terrorists in Libya!
What I would like to know is how we as a nation, came to a place where the President can commit such heinous acts and NOT be held to account for them?! Instead, we have The Speaker of the House John Boehner waxing and whining poetic about “bipartisanship” and how this is the President’s “chance to lead”. “Chance to lead” Speaker Boehner?! I THINK NOT!!! Barack Hussein Obama should have been IMPEACHED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE, NOT RE-ELECTED!!! All we can do now is find a way to survive and hope that during the 2014 midterm elections, INCOMPETENT COWARDS like John Boehner and the rest of the liberal establishment Republicans like him are not re-elected! If conservatives can gain a majority in both the House and Senate and if the current liberal establishment Republican leaders in both houses can be voted out in favor of men and women who are true conservatives, we might avoid ending up where Greece is now! But “Resistance With Respect”?! No Mr. Blackwell, Barack Hussein Obama has done absolutely NOTHING to EARN any respect!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Orf in Pennsylvania replied:

I completely agree with Tad. This poseur of a president deserves no respect and no prayer for success in office. He should have been impeached long ago. Fear of O'Biden's idiot brain is no good reason not to impeach and convict the traitor to America. The only way a bastard like this can remain in office is because of cowards in Congress and the Dumbocrud's propaganda media, whose job it is to keep most people ignorant and dependent.

When and if the truth about Benghazi comes out, will any of the cowards in Congress do anything about it? I would bet not. Since when is first degree murder not an impeachable offense?

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Exactly Orf! You and Tad have stated it very well. The past four years have been a reign of terror, and now we have four more endure, if in fact, we are able to endure it. A pox on the voters of this country.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

RyDaddy in Madison, WI replied:

Oh, he ABSOLUTELY deserves prayer!
Psalm 109:8;
"May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership."

Also, check out "Pray for You" by Jaron and The Long Road to Love. Same sort of thing. :)

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

India in GA said:

I agree with this entire article.

I would add the words of Winston Churchill:

"We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!"


Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

India, I agree with you about Churchill. He never gave up even during the darkest days of the war. However, the British people dumped him like a hot potato just as soon as the war ended. They voted in Clement Atlee because they thought he would make their lives better. The Brits have been going down the Socialist road ever since, with only a brief pause during Margaret Thatcher's time in office. We have people with the same mentality in this country. They're always going to vote for the Demorats because they always promise they will make their lives better. You know, free cell phones, subsidized housing, EBT cards, food stamps, and free medical care!(Medicaid)

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

The Obama campaign only needed to influence a few states and only a few counties in those few states, narrow the job of voter fraud. It is not who cast the vote that decides an election it is those who count the votes. I believe there was rampant ballot box stuffing. I believe that voters who were resisted by DMV licensing when they renewed their driver license and that don't vote, somehow the votes they did not cast were counted anyway in favor of Obama who is to know?. They are all cheering in the back rooms and laughing at the real idiots here, those of you that buy into the fact Obama won this election.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

I ment registered by DMV

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

RudyT in Pittsburgh, PA replied:

If you look at the final voting analysis by each county, within each state...this country is predominantly composed of "red" counties and states. Amazing. If someone unaware of how our electoral process operated looked at that chart, they'd have to think that Romney won.

The problem is that it's "blue" in the most populous areas. Major cities are predominately run by democrat politicians.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Rudy, I agree whole-heartedly. I know that the electorial college once served a purpose. Now however, it is in dire need of being repaired. Instead of the entire electorial vote of a state going to whoever wins the plurality of that state, it needs to be redone so as to be divided up on a proportional share. As it is, at least half of us are not being represented. The electorial college has out lived it`s purpose. At least as currently constituted.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Great idea, respect the rat that hates us. I’m sure your maudlin begging will work wonders.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Ken, your title should be resist neo-marx tyranny to gain respect with American citizens! I'm still pssed off at the blind sheep, who voted this wrecking ball back for another four years of downsizing, demoralizing, and class warfare policies. The union workers at my railroad, say that they cannot move up the ladder, so they are willing to take down the wealthy/prosperous entrepreneurs to equalize the misery---sad people.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM