Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Leonard Jackson


This President Doesn’t Seem to Like Me

 There have been 44 Presidents of these United States since its inception and I was alive when 13 of them were in office. Stated another way, I have been alive during the terms of nearly one-third of all the Chief Executives in our nation’s history. Can you imagine how that percentage would compare with an Englishman, German, Greek or Frenchman?

This certainly calls attention to the relatively short life span of our country in world history and what incredible accomplishments and major contributions we have made to humankind in this abbreviated duration. All of us are fortunate to live in this remarkable place and, since I did absolutely nothing to merit this fortuitous circumstance – I just showed up (Woody Allen), I feel duty-bound to at least try to do my part to help perpetuate the life we enjoy.

From its inception our nation has been led by as diverse a group of leaders as would be expected in a country of immigrants from so many different cultures and customs and as we have matured, socially, geographically and influentially we have addressed our many errors of commission as well as omission with firm direction by these various leaders to sometimes strongly contested conclusions.

But with all these heads of state I was taught, and gladly accepted the premise, that these were our leaders and represented the best image of our country and as such the office, though not necessarily the office holder, should be shown the utmost respect.  When one of my choices managed to win the election I was jubilant and optimistic about the future. When the other side won I was disappointed, apprehensive but hopeful that our nation would survive and move forward.

Certainly, I didn’t vote for all of these chief executives. Some I didn’t like much, some I was ashamed of and, of course, some were elected when I was too young to vote. Of the ones I did vote for: I was greatly disgusted with one, somewhat disappointed with a couple and extremely pleased with a pair.

I didn’t vote for John Kennedy and wasn’t impressed with his political persuasions or his character, but when he was assassinated I took the loss personally and was as devastated for weeks as were most Americans. Someone had murdered MY President and I wanted justice, swiftly and mercilessly … and quickly.

For some time now I haven’t been a card-carrying member of either political party. I never felt like the end of the world was near when my candidate of choice didn’t win I just prepared for the worst for the next four years and went about my business. When I was one of the nearly 50% of the electorate that was on the losing side I knew in a short time we would have a chance to rectify the obvious error that had been made by the uninformed other side.

Today the United States is in a whole new climate that is completely different from the old partisanship of the past. Different because of the vehement nature of the battle and the absolute disrespect for each other by both sides. This will only get worse, it can’t get better for reasons we’ll deal with again and again in other posts. But believe me; we will never again have the civility and common courtesy in our government with any of the present cast of politicians in all three branches of our government. (For those of you who were in public school in the last forty years the three branches refer to are: Executive (President), Legislative ( Congress) and Judicial (Supreme Court).

Our current President presents an unusual dilemma. I am pretty sure he doesn’t like me much. Now I can’t say I hung out at the ranch with GW or talked sports with RR or even had a beer with Bubba, but if I had thought about it at all, I would have felt assured that given the right set of conditions these fellows would have been glad to see me (or acted that way) and we would have had a warm and friendly experience. Not so with this one. Maybe there’s a little paranoia here or an over-exaggerated sense that I would be acknowledged at all, but I can’t help but have a notion that I and “my kind” are some of those folks that Mr. Obama invoked his faithful to vote against with “Revenge” in the last election.

It’s one thing to win an election, but in our form of government it’s my understanding that nearly  half of the voters in the past election were on the losing side. This doesn’t mean that they lost their citizenship or right to own property; they weren’t conquered or disenfranchised they just didn’t choose the winning candidate for whatever reasons. I don’t think this President looks at it this way.

He has successfully mastered the tactics needed to win a political election, but he seems not to have a clue once he has succeeded in his objective. I never could understand why anyone expected a very young, immature, completely inexperienced Chicago street politician to be able to handle the most powerful job in the world. Daily he confirms my uneasiness. Sometimes there has to be a decision made that is not entirely politically motivated. You can’t keep voting “Present” with a flourish of pontification, finger-pointing and blatant untruths while this country loses any semblance of its place of relevance it once held among world leaders.

I’m afraid there are many more bumps along the road for this administration. No matter how poorly the Republicans counter these blunders and misdeeds or how vehemently the compliant press continues to defend and cover them up, our great nation cannot go on forever on this road to uncontrolled, unintelligent and unmovable governance at every level. The current disaster of the ObamaCare scam and the accompanying exposed lies he has made for the past three years determined to push through this legislative monstrosity at any cost have doomed his health insurance plan, his administration for the next three years as well as his legacy forever. He has reached a place in his life when he actually doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. That’s a dangerous place for us all.

I almost feel sorry for him. He seems oblivious to the rest of us, especially those who dare to question his peculiar rationalizations and pronouncements. Maybe I should give him a call, but since he doesn’t seem to like me much, he probably wouldn’t answer.


About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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