Kipling knew Obama

Phil Boehmke
Although Rudyard Kipling died twenty-five years prior to the birth of Barack Obama, he nonetheless knew him far better than those who cast their vote him in 2008. Mr. Kipling understood the dire consequences that are produced when unfit leaders ascend to the seat of power and the warning that he penned rings ominously true today.

"A Servant When He Reigneth"


[...]


His feet are swift to tumult,

His hands are slow to toil,
His ears are deaf to reason,
His lips are loud in broil.
He knows no use for power
Except to show his might.
He gives no heed to judgment
Unless it prove him right.

[...]


His vows are lightly spoken,

His faith is hard to bind,
His trust is easy broken,
He fears his fellow kind.
The nearest mod will move him
To break the pledge he gave-
Oh, a Servant when he Reigneth
Is more than ever slave.

The sad course of human history is littered with the stories of societies who succumbed to the charisma of tyrants. Today America is on the brink of joining the miserable fraternity of nations who have descended into the hopeless abyss of socialism. We must continue to resist, as Americans we have a heritage of freedom that is the envy of the world.


Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. -Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. -Ronald Reagan


Phil Boehmke

Although Rudyard Kipling died twenty-five years prior to the birth of Barack Obama, he nonetheless knew him far better than those who cast their vote him in 2008. Mr. Kipling understood the dire consequences that are produced when unfit leaders ascend to the seat of power and the warning that he penned rings ominously true today.

"A Servant When He Reigneth"


[...]


His feet are swift to tumult,

His hands are slow to toil,
His ears are deaf to reason,
His lips are loud in broil.
He knows no use for power
Except to show his might.
He gives no heed to judgment
Unless it prove him right.

[...]


His vows are lightly spoken,

His faith is hard to bind,
His trust is easy broken,
He fears his fellow kind.
The nearest mod will move him
To break the pledge he gave-
Oh, a Servant when he Reigneth
Is more than ever slave.

The sad course of human history is littered with the stories of societies who succumbed to the charisma of tyrants. Today America is on the brink of joining the miserable fraternity of nations who have descended into the hopeless abyss of socialism. We must continue to resist, as Americans we have a heritage of freedom that is the envy of the world.


Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. -Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. -Ronald Reagan


Phil Boehmke