During a recent speech, U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Bill Cowan responded to an audience member’s suggestion that Barack Obama is likely not a “legitimate American.”
The terrorism expert and frequent Fox News analyst couched his remarks in abstract rhetoric; however, he noted that the skeptic’s concerns could be based in reality.
“You may be right,” he said. “You may be absolutely right.”
Despite his apparent willingness to accept that Obama’s birth certificate might be a forgery, however, Cowan urged his audience to focus on more immediate goals in an effort to save the nation.
“Is he legitimate? We don’t know,” he said. “And we may not know for another 100 years. The problem is we are living in the real world.”
He explained that, as it stands, Obama “was sworn in to be our president; and even if tomorrow someone found a real legitimate birth certificate somewhere else that said he couldn’t be our president, the legal process to push that through and get him out would far exceed the rest of the time he has in office.”
In essence, Cowan lamented, “we’re stuck with the guy.”
He suggested that, at least for now, Americans should be more interested in making sure Obama’s replacement is a leader interested in steering the nation away from his disastrous policies.
“No matter what our complaints are about him, no matter what he does right or wrong – mostly wrong – he is not running for office again,” Cowan said. “So, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.”
It would be far more beneficial, he concluded, for conservatives to keep their eye on upcoming elections that truly can bring about positive change.
“We’re going to be electing someone else next time,” he said; “and if we’re not careful, it’s going to be Hillary Clinton and we’re going to be right where we are now.”
Looking forward to the 2016 election, Cowan was asked if he saw another candidate on the horizon with Ronald Reagan’s attributes.
“Even if there is a Reagan out there,” he said, “the Republican Party is so fractured and so self-serving in so many corners, that they’re going to fight it all the way.”
While he shied away from expressing favoritism for any potential candidate, he did offer one perceived benefit Mitt Romney would have should he decide to run again.
“Is he an ideal candidate? No,” Cowan said. “But he’s been thoroughly scrubbed by the media. They’ve taken their shots at that guy and he passed. We don’t know if anyone else at the moment will be able to do that.”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom