In our united quest for a better, freeer, more just Republic we must seek out and build on truth--whether or not it squares with our world view. Only in truth are we empowered to bring about unity and virtuous ends.
This morning I was made aware of an email which apparently has been circulating for years impuning the President (Obama) for expressing blatantly caustic and anti-American sentiments during an interview on a Sunday morning talk show. Among them:
"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides." And, "there are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The [National] anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."
Obama is proported to have continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'... " and further, "It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments."
A few minutes of research, not surprisingly, reveals this story to be a complete hoax that has it's roots, at least in part, in a piece of conservative satire by a columnist for the Arizona Conservative during then Senator Obama's Presidential campaign.
To bring unity out of the enmity and chaos that is American partisan politics today, we all must stop trading in inuendo, invective, half-truths, and outright lies. Seek the TRUTH! Gather the facts. Verify your sources and THEN form, propagate, and act upon your findings. There is much on which we can unite and agree. For us to succeed as a nation, we must come together on these vital eternal principles of truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. A body politic built on any other principle is destined to fail and to fall.