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Jack L. Key

Colors ...
By Jack L. Key
Mar 9, 2008 - 10:23:50 PM

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I read a subscriber's letter in a local newspaper recently that shook me to my senses about this presidential campaign and election The letter was headed "Candidates Should Wear American Colors", and I quote the writer in entirety:

"I see Barack Obama on TV every day saying we need a change. I remember early in his campaign he said he absolutely would not display the U.S. flag emblem on his lapel. Who in their right mind would vote for a candidate running for the highest office in the country and commander in chief of our armed forces who refuses to acknowledge the very colors he or she stands for? I have noticed that only one of the other top five wears the flag. The only change Obama needs is red, white and blue. I could not imagine our president meeting with leaders of other countries not proudly displaying our colors."

The letter writer has said much in a short space. We all need to find this kind of courage and speak the truth about the presidential candidates in this election year before it is too late.

Barack Hussein Obama is a born, bred and schooled Black Muslim and a political socialist running as a democrat. Let him swear he is not Muslim on the Koran, not the Bible, if he will, inside a Mosque. Saying he is a Christian and posing as one is easy. He won't wear the American flag because he detests it. He has said he places his hand on heart when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in Congress only, and he does not wear the flag in his lapel because it is hypocritical. To Obama maybe, but to me it is sincerity, pride and patriotism to wear the flag symbol anytime, anywhere.

Obama has no experience or talent or skill for being president, and will say and do whatever is necessary to win the democratic nomination. Like many aggressive young blacks, he thinks white Americans will vote for him because he is black, and that black Americans will do the same. He is correct in that respect. Many white and black Americans, especially liberal democrats, confuse racial freedom with political and religious freedom.

We must face reality and accept the fact that change, as offered by Obama for the sake of change only, is no change at all. And what do we really want to change? We are the most democratic, free, educated, healthy and wealthy people in the world, and have the highest incomes and the best living conditions of any country in the world. We have an all-volunteer military, both a public and private educational system and a rich history and traditional and religious values. Our children born today can expect to have a longer life span than any other people in the history of the world. Are these what we would change?

Simply because Obama is of a minority race does that mean he could or should become president? Because he confuses liberalism with potent socialism is that a reason otherwise politically intelligent and patriotic Americans both black and white should give him benefit of doubt? Simply because he denies being a Muslim, despite being born of Muslims and bred a Muslim, does that mean he isn't?

Those of you who were, like me, adults in the 1960's and '70's will recognize Black Muslims for what they were then and what they still are today. For blacks, they defied the teachings of Martin Luther King and called for murdering all white Americans and still do. For whites, they breed the resentment and suspicion of blacks that is still present today in America.

The only announced racist in this presidential election season is Barack Hussein Obama. He said so in South Carolina after winning the democratic primary there. "This is what race can do", he said.

As for the other democratic candidate, anyone past the age of 10 years should know about Hillary Clinton - and her husband. We must first understand there are a number of citizens who will vote for Clinton because of her gender, just as Obama will garner votes because of his race.

If there are enough uninformed Americans who make it to the polls, Clinton or Obama have a chance. If elected, Clinton will wreck the economic and political grounds that keep America strong. She is vindictive, and has indicated that she will "stick it to 'em" for what the country did to husband Bill Clinton by impeaching him.

She will subject the U.S. to foreign economic and military domination. Clinton has built a campaign of lies, and has much in common with Obama, despite the so-called "campaign issues" the media and her political campaign has played up with him. She and Nancy Pelosi are fanatical socialists and if elected, will collaborate to destroy our way of life and our national values.

Hillary Clinton has NEVER told the truth about her anti-war and anti-U.S. activities and associations with groups plotting against America in the late 1960's and 1970's. Don't expect her to now. She is a lawyer after all. She will simply deny everything and no one will seriously challenge her versions. She and Obama admire and follow some of the same American socialists and both have spoken and written about them and their teachings.

Clinton is a darling of college students and young adults who don't - or won't - question her, and who believe her socialist agenda because it is their own, and what they have been taught consistently in our schools and universities. America has failed her children educationally, and we will all reap the whirlwind. Socialism, not capitalism or patriotism has been taught in academia since the 1960's. It may well be too late now to save the country from this evil.

John Edwards is probably an honest man, as well as John McCain and Mitt Romney. And there are several other choices for us in the party conventions and upcoming general elections.

When George Washington was unanimously elected the first President of the United States in 1789, he had already proven himself as an American patriot and able man by serving as commander in chief of the Continental Army and protecting the population from attacks by Great Britain and winning our freedoms. He "presented himself with the help and grace of God" to the American people in body and soul even though he really didn't want the job and felt others could do it better.

Can any current candidate, with the possible exception of John McCain, a former Navy combat pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam and a U.S. Senator, present themselves in a similar manner to the American people?

I am awed by President George Washington's prayer for the United States of America, and the Latin inscription appearing atop the Washington Monument: Laus Deo!

Here is the first president's prayer:

"Almighty God, we make our honest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the divine author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Laus Deo! Translated is: Praise be to God!

Race and gender have absolutely nothing to do with anyone's qualifications for president. Honor, experience, love of country, respect for its laws and constitution, belief in God and the intentions of our founders, and the willingness to protect the country and its citizens at any cost from any enemy are the character traits, courage and qualifications we should all look for in the country's next president. Party affiliation and political platform is always a secondary consideration.

A liberal newspaper editor said recently in an editorial I happened to read, "Politics is an honorable and, in a democracy, essential calling and at the pinnacle of that field is the American presidency".

That said, choose carefully this election, my fellow citizens of the United States.

Jack L. Key is a U.S. Navy aviation veteran and author of Gideon's Trumpet, a novel of war and peace in the 21st century. He writes political commentary and features articles for both the Internet and prints media. Contact him at:

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