Congratulations & Best Wishes
and best wishes to President Barack Obama. Your election is truly an
historic event. It is a great testament to our nation—a nation where
equal opportunity under the law is not just a goal, but a proven
reality. You are now the leader of our nation and of the free world.
That means many things.
As Commander-in-Chief, you are to protect
the security and sovereignty of our nation. To the world, you are the
keeper of the torch of freedom and opportunity. As President, you set
the standards for personal conduct and morality.
You are living
proof of the fact that any American, regardless of race, ethnicity, or
background, can go as far as their skills and God’s blessings take
them. You have a wife and two delightful children that project
everything that is good about our nation.
And, yes, you enter the
White House with many challenges—war, a tenuous economy, and a nation
with distinct moral and political divisions.
Yet you have many
outstanding role models within your own party, and from your adopted
model, Abraham Lincoln. Consider these sound principles from—
Jefferson, who would encourage you to be wary of big, expansive
government, which is the greatest threat to individual freedom. Surely
Mr. Jefferson would be thrilled with your election, yet strongly caution
you to suppress the human inclination to expand the control of
government over the lives of our citizens. Jefferson understood that in
order to maintain individual freedom, government must stay out of the
lives of its citizens, letting them succeed and fail on their own merit.
Jackson had great trust in the American people and provided a great,
positive vision for the future. He saw the United States as the
greatest nation on the face of the earth and that vision propelled the
nation to new heights.
Abraham Lincoln sought, as you do, to be
the great unifier, yet he was reviled in his own time. He had great
patience and great perseverance and he had a strong reliance on God as
he sought to bring equal opportunity to all Americans. Like Jefferson,
he understood that government can only work toward equal opportunity,
not guarantee equal outcomes if its people are to remain free.
Franklin Roosevelt, follow his example of being resolute in war with
America’s enemies. Don’t falter, or give in to any opposition to taking
the war on terrorism to complete and clear victory.
loved the United States and always did what he thought to be right. He
accepted the fact that when it came to the Presidency, “the buck stops
here.” You can set the model for personal responsibility for all
politicians and for all Americans.
John F. Kennedy knew that you
can never create prosperity by taking money out of the hands of the
American people. His famous saying that “a rising tide lifts all boats”
has proven to be one of the most accurate economic explanations of all
times. He might have said, “You can’t tax your way into prosperity.”
Fair and low taxes lead to economic success. There is no other way and
JFK knew that.
Finally, I want to commend you on not only having
Pastor Rick Warren provide your invocation, but also urge you to bring
Pastor Warren close to you. Make him the “Billy Graham” of your White
House. Count on him to provide a moral compass in times of challenge.
firmly believe that if you will follow the positive examples of the
successful Democratic Presidents noted above and fix your moral compass,
yours will be a successful administration. I wish you God Speed.