By teaching leadership, Christian and family values, and citizenship, the Boy Scouts has long been considered one of America’s strong conservative organizations. Every President since William Taft has accepted the position of being the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America. Recently, however, several activist groups have publicly criticized Obama for even considering taking the position. Their argument is based on the fact that the Boy Scouts exclude homosexuals and atheists from their ranks. I would like to pose a slightly different question: Why would the Boy Scouts want a person like Obama to be its honorary president?
Sure, there is a long tradition in place. Taft took office in 1909, and in 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was founded. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts, and correspondingly, would mark 100 years of American Presidents as honorary presidents of the Boy Scouts. However, according to the Boy Scout By Laws there is nothing requiring the organization to accept Obama as its president. As another historical first associated with the Obama administration, I believe the Boy Scouts should pass on Obama for 12 simple reasons.
The Scout Law sets out twelve rules that every scout should live by. It states, “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. A person need not delve deep into the Scout Law to determine that Obama would not make a good scout.
Trustworthy and Loyal. There seem to be countless issues surrounding Obama that should make us question his trustworthiness and loyalty to America. For instance, I for one, have still not seen his birth certificate, and although Obama promised to cut the pork, the stimulus package included thousands of dollars of funding directed toward his policy projects.
Helpful. According to the Boy Scouts website “helpful” means, in part, “He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.” Regardless of how you look at it, Obama was a product of the corrupt Illinois political machine.
Friendly, Courteous, Kind, and Cheerful. Although on a personal level, Obama may meet these requirements when interacting with friends, his recent interaction with Rush Limbaugh certainly brings questions to light as to these values.
Obedient. Here, I question where Obama’s obedience lies. A scout should be obedient to his community and country. Obama’s obedience may be focused elsewhere .
Thrifty. One word: Bailout. Obama has no chance of upholding this value.
Brave. A scout should have “the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.” Obama’s greatest challenges will arise in the future of his presidency. When he is finally tested, likely because of international threats, we will see the true measure of his bravery. I hope for all of our sake that he can uphold this value.
Clean. Obama has admitted to drug use. Further, the Boy Scouts website notes that clean includes choosing the company of those who live by high standards. I don’t even feel the need to address this issue. He fails here as well.
Reverent. It seems, at least to me, that Obama pushes religion to the backburner and is afraid to publicly say that he believes that Jesus is his savior. That alone, in my mind, is enough for me to decide that he is not reverent. If that is not enough for you to decide, then consider his interaction with the radical Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
If you look closely, you will find that these twelve rules exist not only as the Scout Law but also lie within the core conservative values. Unfortunately, America failed to assess these values when it made its leadership chioces in 2008. We can only hope the Scouts don’t make the same mistakes this year and thus set a positive example for conservatives in the years and elections to come.