On October 11, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting President Barack Obama at his final campaign fundraiser). And I had the opportunity to tell him about The Oracle Institute and our new headquarters along the New River in Independence, Virginia – the “Peace Pentagon.”
My excitement at meeting President Obama does not mean, however, that I am pushover for POWER. For instance, I believe he further eroded the Fourth Amendment by adding fangs to President Bush’s Patriot Act. Obama signed the Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which permits indefinite detention of American citizens, thereby obliterating the “Great Writ” – habeas corpus – our 333 year old right to a trial.
Obama also has followed Bush Jr.’s lead in decimating the First Amendment. Case in point: Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein was arrested a few days ago when she and her running mate attempted to enter the second presidential debate. Tragically, no one has the right to peaceably assemble anymore in America, even if your name is on the presidential ballot in 37 states.
As it turns out, Obama may be the most polarizing president in history. ABC News reports that George W. Bush suffered an 80% approval gap between Republicans and Democrats. President Obama now suffers from an 82% approval gap. This is ironic to me, particularly when you consider that of the last 10 presidents, President Lyndon Johnson had the lowest approval gap – a mere 23% – and he was the president who passed all the landmark civil rights legislation that nearly made the South secede for the second time! Indeed, one could argue that it was the Johnson presidency that made the Obama presidency possible.
Speaking of Lyndon Johnson, let us remember him for the visionary “socialist” that he was: He was responsible for the “War on Poverty” and promoting the “Great Society.” His achievements include legislation that created civil rights, voting rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, and federal funding for education. Of course, like Obama, Johnson inherited and perpetuated an unnecessary and immoral war in Vietnam.
Yet, I must admit to being positively impressed with Barack Obama. He was dealt a harsh hand: He assumed the presidency during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, and he became Commander in Chief of two unnecessary and immoral wars, one of which he ended. So I think he is playing his cards as best he can.
Frankly, who would be brave (or crazy) enough to be Commander in Chief of the War Pentagon at this critical juncture of human history? For that matter, who would be brave (or crazy) enough to build a Peace Pentagon in this polarized country? As I told President Obama, “We’re both from the class of 1961.” He understood my joke, which is that he and I both incarnated in 1961 with sacred missions …
My prayer is that one day the War Pentagon will evolve into a Peace Pentagon. Admittedly, that would be quite a pole shift! But I believe it is possible. Therefore, to counterbalance the pole of war anchored along the Potomac River in northern Virginia, Oracle is anchoring a pole of peace along the New River in southern Virginia. Oracle needs your donations to complete the Peace Pentagon. Which polarity will you support?