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RESPECT by Merwin

Updated on October 17, 2012


"I would rather have my ballot thrown in the trash than my integrity thrown in the trash."

I don't think this posting will be read by "everyone", as I do need to see my position realistically.

I may have worn out my welcome (on FB) with family and other loved ones over the last few months, especially with all the political postings I have "shared". There is after all, such a thing as too much, and I fear I stepped past that long ago.

I will attempt to drastically, scale back my postings, especially the political ones, out of "respect" for the sensitivities of those that may have had their fill, and are now avoiding the table. But, I recently have been exposed to a political photo that was "shared" by a loved one that I found troubling.

I want to make this clear, I do not blame the "sharer" of the photo at all. I myself have posted many things that I did not think through fully before hitting the share button. And, even if this particular graphic from "One Million Strong Against Mitt Romney in 2012" clearly states the intended position, I understand the motivation and do not on the surface at least, disagree.

Now on to my short "lecture".

As much as we, should "respect" the office of POTUS... that, "we" should include as well, the very person we "hire" through elections to occupy that office. The President himself should show respect for the Constitution and The People who have hired him to do the job.

The last twelve years have seen the greatest violations of our Constitutional Protections found in the Bill of Rights. And this, specifically due to the two Commanders in Chiefs who violated their oaths of office and exhibited tragic disrespect for their position, the Constitution and the Americans that in good faith, elected them.

Everyone that has "hung in there" with me, and actually read my opinions, knows that I have stated over the years that both Bush and Obama should be/have been, impeached. And that I have listed the treasonous acts for which the impeachments are grounds for, many times.

Those same folks know, that I have little faith in any of the candidates presently available (with the possible exception of Gary Johnson), due to their gross dis-respect for our Constitution. They are also aware that, out of the dictates of my conscience, I will "write in" Ron Paul. I would rather have my ballot thrown in the trash than have my integrity thrown in the trash.

I do not mean to "lecture" anyone on "disrespect" as the graphic from
"One Million Strong Against Mitt Romney in 2012's photo."
...suggests, but neither should I remain silent and show - more disrespect - for my place in We The People, than Clinton, Bush and Obama have shown for the lofty position they were HIRED to fill.

I more readily understand John and Joan Q. Public's having taken their citizenry for granted. For them to do so is commonplace. But our POTUS, should NEVER take his position for granted.

It has been said of President Reagan, that, out of respect, he never removed his coat in the Oval Office. I don't know if this is true.

What I do know to be true, is that the last three Presidents have 1) Removed his pants in the Oval Office. AND... 2) Bush and Obama, removed the mantle of RESPECT, for their oaths of office in order to violate our Constitution. (Patriot Act, NDAA)

If anyone shows interest in Obama's violations that warrants his impeachment, I will gladly list them again.


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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      oh... :-)

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      Roger Crigger 5 years ago from Northern Idaho

      I just meant that maybe your HUB struck a nerve with the powers that be. My first comment was much like the one that it did let me post, I don't remember if or what may have been different in my first comment to this hub but when I hit "Post comment" it was there, then when I came back to this HUB to share it on FB.... My comment (the first one)....was gone?

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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      2 Roger...


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      Roger Crigger 5 years ago from Northern Idaho

      It actually deleted my original comment to this post? Struck a nerve?

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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      2 Jo Goldsmith...

      Pleases forgive the clumsy delivery of the three reasons for impeachment. I attempted to edit it but Hubpages being our on again, off again, undependable ally in composition, appeared to "allow" my changes but then reneged and we see above the result.

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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      2 Roger...

      Amen to that... my best friend (other than Jesus and Scooter of course).

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      Roger Crigger 5 years ago from Northern Idaho

      Well put, AS USUAL, my friend! Watching the last round of "debates", (which are rehearsed and re-hashed for weeks in advance for any and every question that MAY be thrown at them), It was amazing to see BOTH candidates completely side step and FLAT OUT NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ASKED! And they're not even REALLY thinking on their feet... They've been coached and re-coached by whatever powers are TRULY behind them.... I will say that this article has convinced me once and for all (because I really have no desire to vote for either of them, but was wondering if a write in would do anything at all, save take a vote AWAY from one or the other) But I have now decided that I am indeed going to vote..... FOR RON PAUL! As I would have from day one! God help us! And ultimately...He will. I stated in a post recently that "The only one that I feel very comfortable voting KING! ...But He's coming whether we vote for Him or not!

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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      Presidential Oath of Office...

      "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

      With both the extension of the Patriot Act, and the co-authoring and signing into law the NDAA... Obama (well studied in Constitutional Law) violated major tenets of our Bill of Rights. Specifically with the Patriot Act, and with the NDAA, five out of ten amendments found there are violated.

      Everyone involved with these three heinous acts,

      1) Original Patriot Act (under Bush)

      1-a) Extension of the Patriot Act (under Obama)

      2) The co-authoring and signing into law by Obama, the National Defense Authorization Act (commonly called NDAA)

      3) And both Bush and Obama are guilty of allowing our southern border to be crossed by murdering invading paramilitary forces especially in the case of Arizona. Obama is especially guilty, due to the fact that he, rather than defend our borders had signs placed on Arizona soil warning American citizens to keep out of huge tracts of land stating that these areas were not safe due to the Mexican presence. And when The State of Arizona took steps to correct the situation and defend their own lives, property and borders... Obama sued them in an attempt to make Arizona cease and desist.

      In the case of Arizona... to allow an invasion of one of our United States, and not protecting our borders too, is an act of treason.

      Baby Bush was guilty in two of these three incidents, Patriot Act and Mexican Nationals invasion of Arizona (as the border violations had escalated severely on his watch and he knew it), and also should have been impeached.

      This is an excerpt from my hub "Its About Our Constitution Stupid" from January 2012, and a remark by myself, from its comment section ... (unedited)

      Thank both of you also, but I also wish to reply. It is extremely hard for me to call for an impeachment of a President who is no longer in office... please believe me, were baby Bush still in office I would cry out for his impeachment also, please read what is found in this link from over a year ago...

      Both of these Presidents have signed away our freedoms. Bush (the larger criminal) called for and signed the Patriot Act. Obama promised he would Veto, then he signed NDAA, on 12/31/11 just eighteen days ago.

      Now it is law, that if you say anything against the government they may arrest you and hold you indefinitely, or even assassinate you... without trial. This all done with you labelled as a suspected terrorist.

      I don't play party favorites, if Ron Paul with his 30 years of consistent Constitutional voting were a Democrat I would campaign for him just as enthusiastically as a Dem.

      We may not have the time we need to correct these criminal acts. We certainly do not have the time to hunker down in our petty party differences.

      I have been very clear.

      Neither "party" is trustworthy... if any politician is not a strict Constitutionalist VOTE THE BUM OUT!

      End of excerpt.

      So to wrap it up... the three impeachable offences for Obama are...

      1) Extension of the Patriot Act.

      2) Co-authoring and signing into law the NDAA.

      3) Not protecting our borders, ie the un-official Mexican invasion which has resulted in the murders and rapes of American citizens.

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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      2 Jo Goldsmith11...

      Thanks for the encouragements. Too late tonight to re-post the list even though it is very short, caught this just before bed.

      2 Ghost32...

      I thank you as well for your words and thanks for dropping by, I'll be looking into your and Jo's sites tomorrow, glad to make the acquaintances.

      2 My friend The Old Poolman... it is always good to have you stop by, and I will catch up with your latest tomorrow as well.

      Again thank you all, what a pleasant surprise.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      This hub will be the last thing I read tonight. It is a great to finish the day with such a well written hub, and I truly love what you had to say. I have no idea how it would ever be accomplished, but these illegal acts by any POTUS need to be stopped. We hired them, we should be able to fire them for these violations anytime during their term in office.

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Well, Merwin, looks like the first comment (at least if I type fast enough) is by a right wingnut wackjob Tea Party acitivist, aka me. And I LIKE what you wrote here. Every word.

      Not that we're in full agreement politically. (Well, duh!) But you've laid out your thinking beautifully, thinking that is clear and to the point. The last time I voted Third Party was for Ross Perot in 1992, but I do TOTALLY agree with you: Clinton, George W., and Obama have all dissed the Constitution in huge measure.

      I'll be voting Romney/Ryan (duh again!), but RESPECT your position AND the thinking that went into it.

      Voted Up and everything but Funny.

      Oops! Now THAT'S funny--I DID type too slowly!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      I am very proud to read this. I request that you would please re post "Obama's violations that warrants his impeachment, I will gladly list them again."

      I am curious to see if I share with you the first one that could be considered *impeachable*. I voted this up, tweeted and pinned.

      Take care and excellent writing. :)