OPINION-  Paul Gordon Collier

 

As we see all of the scandals emerge with Benghazi, the IRS targeting of political groups, the DOJ seizure of AP phone records, and even Fast and Furious, let us not forget that the political beliefs of those on the left or the right should not be invalidated or demonized because individuals representing their particular political beliefs are proving to be untrustworthy.  The degree to which this administration may be involved in any or all of these scandals, the potential for criminal violations which may or may not exist, should not pollute our views of the political beliefs this administration and its supporters follow.  No matter what the political persuasion, leaders are capable of crossing lines, be they lines of civility, lines of legality, or Constitutional lines.

If this administration is found to be a principle behind any one of these scandals, those who oppose their political agenda should not delight in an American administration being corrupted and brought down by violating Constitutional Law.

While I personally hope, and even pray, that the agenda of this administration is not further advanced, and even that it gets reversed, I would not wish to see that accomplished by the sullying of the office of the Presidency and the Executive Branch of our own government.

If you are a praying person, please join me in praying for our leaders and for truth.  Let truth prevail, come what may.  If our President can be exonerated, let us pray for that to happen.  If our President cannot be exonerated, let us pray for our nation that we do not ruthlessly turn on one another, that we do not demonize one another because of the actions of individuals who do not represent, by themselves, the validity or invalidity of the political agenda they supported.

I write this today as I think about the historical aspect of this presidency.  Barack Obama is the first black president in our nation’s history.  This means something to me, and, I hope, it means something to you.

I do not support this President’s political agenda.  I do not have much admiration for his management style.  I am appalled at the demonization of his political opponents that he regularly engages in.  But I do not wish to see this President go down in scandal.  I hope and pray we are not seeing the beginning of the end of this historic presidency.  I would rather see it end in 2016 and his agenda end in 2014, through the ballot box.

Racism is and was a very real part of our history.  While we have come a long way, as can be testified by Americans voting for a black president, we have more work ahead of us to see a truly race-less community of Americans come to fruition, so that our nation may one day fulfill the unfulfilled promise that began July 4th, 1776 with the Declaration of Independence.  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

If our first black president were to be impeached and removed from office through criminal prosecution, our nation will suffer greatly.  For those who oppose this President, it would be a pyrrhic victory at best.  It will give ammunition to those who truly are still under the old assumptions of many in American history, that there is such a thing as racial inferiority.  It will also give ammunition to those who use legitimate concerns about race in America to demonize others for simply not following their progressive ideology.

This time in our history is challenging, and those who celebrate with glee these emerging and ongoing scandals should take pause and think of the paths America could take if this President were to be brought down through scandal.  If, God forbid, this President violated the law, may he face the consequences of his actions.  But if he has, may God protect us from ourselves in the wake of such terrible events.

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