Letter: Obama’s views

EDITOR:

It is well known that Barrack Obama has a deep contempt for the founding principles of our nation.

He stated in a 2001 Chicago NPR interview, “The Constitution is a negative document.” He considers it negative because it limits government’s power over the people without defining what powers government may exercise over the people.

His lack of respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is legendary. He considers both as “living documents,” malleable and subject to change. These two charters – like the Ten Commandments - are enshrined and should never be changed - only interpreted according to the intent of those who wrote them, without yielding to the shifting social values of today’s impetuous society.

Both are the most timeless and enduring documents ever crafted in the history of civilization.

His willful disregard procedure and decorum is also widely known, and particularly evident in the Oval Office. Previous presidents have considered the Oval as hallowed ground. Out of respect, they never removed their coats or ties while working.

By contrast, pictures on the Internet have depicted Mr. Obama at his desk in shirtsleeves, loose tie and leaning back in his chair with his feet placed on his desk. Being photographed like this for public consumption is a slap in the face to the American people.

Here’s why. It may seem trivial to some, but the desk he puts his feet on is an antique and highly treasured piece of historical furniture. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of a renowned British ship. This desk has been used by every president for 135 years.

We need a president who believes in America and its fundamental values and isn’t ashamed to enunciate them.

C.R. Shoemaker

Prescott