Monday, February 23, 2015

Mr.Obama, If You Do Love America---You Have A Strange Way Of Expressing It

Even though it's under threat by this administration, I will always believe in American exceptionalism. It's just how I roll...My Tweet 

Rudy Giuliani has come under some fire for questioning whether Pres. Obama loves America. My regular readers know well I have no great admiration for this president or his administration. However, I have to be honest. I admit I don't know what's in his heart regarding whether or not he loves America. I do know this. He has a very strange and aberrant way of expressing it. Let's review just a few examples:

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, Michelle Obama stated: "For the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of my country..." And while those words did not flow from Mr. Obama's mouth, they were certainly filled with some disturbing implications.
  • Not long after Mr. Obama took office, he went on an apology tour not in defense of American exceptionalism but in spite of it. His attempts at moral equivalence has certainly been disturbing.
  • Mr. Obama is a progressive who---like most progressives---regularly uses identity politics, lies and intolerance to shape political thought and actions when it comes to race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. In fact, one of the criticism of his governance is that he appears to bully Americans (e.g. Republicans, conservatives, Fox News, etc.) rather than our enemies. 
  • "There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive." He made that statement in France as pointed out by Kyle Smith, an essayist and contributor to the NY Times, WSJ and NY Post. Smith also reminded us of Obama's trip to Prague where he said "America has a moral responsibility" to act on arms control---after all, it was the U.S. who "used a nuclear weapon." According to Smith, it was as though "winning a war that Japan started was shameful."
  • It was the Obama administration who considered returning veterans as potential domestic terrorists. It was this administration that targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups by sicking the IRS on those groups. It was this administration that targeted people of faith.
  • While addressing the 2014 graduating class at West Point, Mr. Obama appeared to speak more about what our country should not be rather than what it is. Many of the cadets in the audience had WTF expressions on their faces. Even audience applause was conspicuous by its absence. 
  • And last year, his own Secretary of State, J.F.Kerry, actually said to the graduating class at Yale: "I get a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are."
  • And it was Mr. Obama himself who said George W. Bush was unpatriotic (referring to the rise in the national debt at the time). 
  • Obama has also had many opportunities to "inspire" the nation especially when it comes to fighting and defeating our enemies. Instead, he's been AWOL on too many occasions as was evidenced by his absence in Paris last month. In addition, why would any president appease our enemies?
It was Mr. Obama who promised the nation "hope and change."  Perhaps he does love America---the America he wants to "transform" into an America most Americans no longer recognize. So if many Americans remain suspicious about his love for this great nation--can we blame them?