I recently returned from touring historic sites across Virginia and Washington, D.C., where I had the opportunity to be reacquainted with the inspiring words of people like Washington, Adams, Lincoln and the like.
Their words caused me to reflect upon who these men were, their foundations and their motivations as leaders.
The news on the car radio, however, kept bringing me back to the present. I found myself comparing these men and their beliefs with those of our current president. I found the contrast deeply troubling.
For example: where George Washington noted that "religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society," President Obama scoffs: "Go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania. It's not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion."
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom."
Obama is reported to have attended a church for 20 years with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaching against God and America.
I am not advocating that our leaders adhere to any particular religious viewpoint, but I am alarmed that Obama distances himself from traditional moral teachings that nearly all faith communities have adhered to for millennia.
My concerns are exacerbated when Obama elaborates on his personal belief system. For example: when questioned on his conception of sin, Obama replied that he defines sin as "something out of alignment with my values."
Either arrogance or ignorance prevails.
It is imperative that leadership be based on a solid foundation - on principles. Principles based on truths which are constant and timeless such as freedom, justice, the rule of law, transparency and honesty. They should not be merely "aligned with personal values" given that such values are often based on theories, circumstances and opinions.
Obama appears to be a concerned person. He seems to seek to help others. But I do not believe he is grounded in the culture which set the foundation for American greatness and genius. In its place, we are provided a haphazard, morally questionable approach to leadership, exemplified by the following:
-- As Dr. Gosnell ends the lives of countless babies, we are told that abortion is an expression of freedom for women.
-- As 11-year-old girls are offered free, unfettered access to contraception, we are told that unrestricted sexual expression is a right for all.
-- As same-sex marriage is promoted and extolled as a matter of equality, we are told that morals and religion must evolve.
-- As reporters have their privacy violated and First Amendment rights trampled on, we are told that the DOJ will investigate itself.
-- As many innocent people are killed and wounded through the use of drones, we are told that the capture and interrogation of terrorists violates their human rights.
-- As the IRS systematically discriminates, we are told that the authorities know nothing but assuredly will strive to learn what happened.
-- As Obamacare demands that we violate our religious conscience by supporting morally objectionable practices, we are told that is the price of universal health care.
-- As four Americans lay dead in Benghazi, the president's whereabouts unknown, we are told that a video was to blame and his Secretary of State incredulously asks, "What does it matter?"
Obama has lost, if he ever possessed, the moral authority to lead.