There were a lot of nice and deserved tributes paid when former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter passed away, even one from President Barack Obama.
But with his sad passing, I was reminded once again of a warning in which I firmly believe – that what goes around, comes around.
At the end of his impressive tenure of public service, Senator Specter, doing Obama’s bidding, switched parties. By doing so, he not only betrayed the Republican Party and those who voted for him because he was a Republican, he also gave Obama and the Democratic Senate the 60 votes they needed for even more control.
Specter was also one of only three Republicans to vote for Obama’s ineffective stimulus package, which many believe wasted billions of taxpayers’ dollars and failed to provide the shovel-ready jobs that Obama guaranteed. Specter also ignored the wishes of a majority of the American people and voted for Obamacare.
Then after Obama got what he wanted from Specter, the president distanced himself from the Senate’s newest Democrat, as he did to others he no longer needed, or who became a liability to his personal aspirations. Think Jeremiah Wright, his 20-year pastor, whom Obama had once compared to family.
The Associated Press reported “Specter felt hurt that Obama hadn’t done more to help him as a show of gratitude.” Pennsylvania voters, who themselves felt betrayed by Specter, showed him the door in the next election.
So after supporting Obama and his self-serving spending sprees, Specter’s five terms in the Senate came to an abrupt end.
Paying tribute to Specter, Obama said the senator never put “party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve.” Too bad the same can’t be said of this president.
In an even worse case of betrayal, Obama’s cronies have desperately tried to distance the president from what is looking more and more like a cover-up of the events leading up to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Obama instinctively said the attacks were the result of a clip from an anti-Islam movie making the rounds on YouTube. And he downright lied during his second debate with Mitt Romney when he said he immediately called the murders a terrorist attack. Then he flew to Reno to raise money for his re-election campaign.
Now the White House is claiming no one informed the president or vice-president that Americans serving in Libya asked for extra security, pleas which were denied.
Pressed by Fox News’ Chris Wallace on whether Obama met with his national security team following the deadly attacks before heading to Reno, Obama guru David Axelrod dodged the question, saying only that the president is always up to snuff with what’s going on.
So let’s consider as a parting gift what happened to Arlen Specter at the end of his distinguished career. It reminds us that Barack Obama cannot be trusted, is only loyal to someone when there is something to be gained and that as fast as you can say self-preservation, he will run from you as fast as he can, be it his pastor, his grandmother, a U.S. senator or our closest international allies.
There is nothing this man won’t do to hang onto power or advance his liberal agenda. Is that what we want in a president?
- Betty Roccograndi