The Pied Piper at the White House
Most adults have heard the story of the pied piper who appeared in the fairy tale by Robert Browning. This is a story about a man who came to a small European hamlet to lure the rats away that had infiltrated the town. After completing his job the townsfolk refused to pay him and in retaliation he returned with a sweet song of love and prosperity, leading the children away to their death.
The United States has elected a pied piper as the leader of our nation. He came to the people as a charming, well spoken, intelligent, young fresh face. He spoke and the people listened to his song of hope and change. As he weaved his words into their lives, it became harder and harder to turn away. Instead of questioning who he was, where he came from or how he intended to fulfill all of his promises, they blindly danced to his words. The more they listened the louder he played until they no longer heard anything other than his song. Instead of thinking for themselves and seeing what was clearly in front of them, the people accepted his vision and his leadership without question.
Barack Obama is our modern day pied piper. The definition of our pied piper is, “a leader who entices people to follow, especially to their doom.” Many are calling him the “Teflon President”. No mater what he does nothing sticks. He is not held accountable and the people and the media passionately defend him.
As I listened to the news that comes out from both mainstream media and cable news I still shake my head in dismay at those who cannot see what has happened in the last four years. But, nothing shocks and saddens me more than the events that happened again on 9/11/2012 when our embassy in Libya was attacked and four Americans were killed. Not a merciful killing but a painful, tortured killing among a focused enemy.
On 9/12 when the news started coming out on what happened I remember thinking, “Finally, now people will see that Obama is a terrible foreign policy leader.” However, how wrong I was. Again, the pied piper gets on his podium looking deep into the camera while professing his outrage at the violence our citizens had to endure. He shares how saddened he is as the four caskets are carried from the airplane to the waiting hearse. He talks about a stupid video that has caused all of this pain when all the time he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew exactly what was coming and did nothing to protect our Ambassador, our embassy employee and our navy seals.
To the dismay of many even in his own party, he jetted off to Las Vegas to smile and again sing his song of the pied piper. “I’m so in love with you”, he sings out, “and I am the one you should vote for.” From Las Vegas to the ladies at The View, he sings his song and lures the people to follow him, blind and unaware of what they are agreeing to until it is too late.
Every time I hear someone say that Mitt Romney is just not likeable I shake my head. For those who heard his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, you heard a speech from a man who will lead this country out of a fiscal hole that is very deep. His compassion and his faith shine out from his words. No, he doesn’t sing and he doesn’t play the flute and he is not the pied piper. Mitt Romney is the man who should be called the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief.