Polish-American culture has been impugned and insulted by the current Occupant of the White House. The president's ignorance is apparent when it comes to the long history and perseverance of the Poles in their fight for liberty. To take one notable example, on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, Obama announced his cancelation of plans to place missile interceptors there.
Obama has gone out of his way to disrespect the Poles with his "Polish death camps" remark, or his choosing to play golf instead attending the memorial for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish first lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster. Yet he is perplexed that the national polls are favoring a Romney victory.
Perhaps Mr. Obama's disdain for the Poles stems from our rejection of his oppressive policies, or from our firm belief in God, or from Poland's rejection of the Euro-socialist state.
Polish immigrants brought our culture of pride, hard work, and religious devotion to the New World. There was no government health care, community outreach, or welfare assistance programs. My Polish ancestors would rather have starved than bring shame to their family and faith by becoming wards of the state. No, they believed that Boże would provide.
Mr. Obama should pay attention to the Poles instead of the polling, for great presidents have stood with us.
October 14, 1962: my mom took my brother John and me to Niagara Square for the Pulaski Day Parade in Buffalo, NY to hear President Kennedy speak while celebrating with the Polish community.
I want to express my thanks to all of you for being generous enough to invite me to come to an occasion which has significance to this city and this country, and the free world, because today, in remembering Pulaski, we remember all those millions from Poland and America and all around the globe who have fought and died, who fight now and live, in the cause of freedom.
There is no ignoring the fact that the tide of self-determination has not reached the Communist empire where a population far larger than that officially called 'dependent' lives under governments installed by foreign troops instead of free institutions-under a system which knows only one party and one belief--which suppresses free debate, and free elections, and free newspapers, and free books, and free trade unions--and which builds a wall to keep the truth a stranger, and its own citizens prisoners.
Poland, in its history, has been overrun, cut apart, occupied, partitioned, but it has remained free in the hearts of the Polish people, and as the old song says, "As long as you live, Poland lives" -- "Jeszce Polska nie zginiela."
JFK believed in liberty, and he humbly understood the Poles.
Another great president, Ronald Reagan, believed in liberty and stood by the Poles with his "Candle in the Window" speech.
As I speak to you tonight, the fate of a proud and ancient nation hangs in the balance. For a thousand years, Christmas has been celebrated in Poland, a land of deep religious faith, but this Christmas brings little joy to the courageous Polish people. They have been betrayed by their own government.
I want emphatically to state tonight that if the outrages in Poland do not cease, we cannot and will not conduct ''business as usual'' with the perpetrators and those who aid and abet them. Make no mistake; their crime will cost them dearly in their future dealings with America and free peoples everywhere. I do not make this statement lightly or without serious reflection.
Ambassador Spasowski requested that on Christmas Eve a lighted candle will burn in the White House window as a small but certain beacon of our solidarity with the Polish people. I urge all of you to do the same tomorrow night, on Christmas Eve, as a personal statement of your commitment to the steps we're taking to support the brave people of Poland in their time of troubles.
Make no mistake: Obama has used this hallmark line over the years, yet he continues the mistakes of his own ignorance.
Mitt Romney understands the Poles, as evidenced in his speech at Warsaw University.
Czeslaw Nowak recalled the days in 1981 when he, Walesa, and others were imprisoned by the communist regime. Just when it felt like they might be forgotten by the world, the captives learned that in the White House, the president of the United States was lighting candles. It was a demonstration of unity with them - a sign of solidarity. "When Reagan lit the candles," Mr. Nowak recalled, "we knew we had a friend in the United States."
When economists speak of Poland today, it is not to lament chronic problems, but to describe how this nation empowered the individual, lifted the heavy hand of government, and became the fastest-growing economy in all of Europe.
Yesterday, one of your leaders shared with me an economic truth that has been lost in much of the world: "It is simple. You don't borrow what you cannot pay back."
Rather than heeding the false promise of a government-dominated economy, Poland sought to stimulate innovation, attract investment, expand trade, and live within its means.
Mr. Obama should take the advice offered by great presidents who respected the Poles and stood by them.
Yes, Mr. Obama, we Poles cherish our freedom, persevere with self-reliance, and have a long history of loving God, family, and country. We love liberty because we have fought so hard to earn it.
As a Polish-American, I never have to question why God has blessed America. I fully understand why and realize what a shame it would be for any Polish American to vote for you.
Alan Aszkler is a Polish-American conservative and a frequent contributor to American Thinker.