Why did the grassroots conservative Tea Party movement form in 2009?  It swelled, and continues to grow, they deemed, to counter the destructive policies Barack Obama pushes.

Did you know there’s a citizens group in Texas vying to secede from the Union?  And believe it or not their ranks are gaining strength. Why?  Because they believe Barack Obama’s socialistic policies are destructive for their State.

Analogies are a learning tool we often use and comparing Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865, with our current President is an intriguing wade indeed.

Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky.  He graduated from West Point in 1828, graduating 23rd of a class of 33.  Davis served as a U.S. Democratic Senator representing Mississippi.  He served as the Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce and went on to become the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

During his presidency, Davis took charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to stop the larger, more powerful and better organized Union. His diplomatic efforts failed to gain recognition from any foreign country, and he paid little attention to the collapsing Confederate economy, printing more and more paper money to cover the war’s expenses.

Printing more government notes seems to be Washington’s answer to our current fiscal problems too.  Jefferson Davis bankrupted the Confederacy and America is threading upon a similar path.

Historians attribute that Jefferson Davis feuded with state governors. He had an inability to get along with people who disagreed with him.  Davis was overbearing, controlling, and overly meddlesome, as well as being out of touch with public opinion.

In comparative regard, Davis and President Obama’s character flaws are strikingly similar.

The Confederate income tax was higher than the Union and economic intervention, regulation, and state control were much greater in the Confederacy than in the Union.

Taxing prosperity and punishing the successful can only revisit the failings of America’s past.

Jefferson Davis was also the champion of a slave society and by 1845 he held 74 slaves.  Many are of the opinion Barack Obama is enslaving millions with his policies that encourage dependence on food stamps, unemployment compensation and welfare.  Dependence of the masses on government handouts is indeed on the rise.

Davis, as well as Obama, were, and are, firm believers in Class Warfare.  It’s a destructive stance to take and the consequences of those inherent beliefs rip society apart.  Davis was divisive, as is Obama, and the country is being ripped in two because of it.

In 1865, Davis was imprisoned for treason. While in prison Pope Pius IX sent Davis a portrait inscribed with the Latin words, “Venite ad me omnes qui laboratis, et ego reficiam vos, dicit Dominus,” which comes from Matthew 11:28 and translates as, “Come to me all ye who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest, sayeth the Lord.” A hand-woven crown of thorns associated with the portrait is said to have been made by the Pope and given to Davis.

Jesus Christ was forced to wear a crown of thorns.  One can only speculate that Davis tried his on, but many public figures have fool-heartedly dubbed Barack Obama their Messiah.

It would appear a majority of American citizens have created a golden calf molded into an image of government they worship, indifferent to the consequences of worshiping a substitute deity.

America’s global influence has been weakened under the guidance of Barack Obama.  Its superpower status is indeed at risk.  For the first time in history the credit rating of the United States was downgraded under this president, and it’s on the verge of being downgraded once more.

Historians paint an unflattering picture of Jefferson Davis.  What portrait will they conjure up of Barack Obama with their defining strokes of pictorial presidential feats or failures?

Jefferson Davis wrote a memoir called “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government” in 1881, but will a similar thesis be written about America under the direction of this President?

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.    

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