Rudy Giuliani has been taking a lot of flack for questioning whether President Obama loves America. The left and the mainstream media (pardon the redundancy) have been denouncing everyone who dares to not join in their auto-da-fé of the former mayor. And they are using the uproar to smear anyone who does not toe their party line, such as Governor Scott Walker, for transparently political reasons. This is just one more instance of why Republicans should not play the MSM’s game. When they are in this mode they are DOWBs (Democratic Operatives With Bylines) and should be treated as such—and called out as such—with the contempt they deserve for prostituting their profession.
But is it unreasonable to have doubts about the president’s love for this country? . . .
But has he ever said he loves this country? Perhaps, especially as a prelude to criticizing it for some lapse from perfection, but I don’t know of an instance. He is very much on record as denying American exceptionalism, which is pretty startling for the head of state of a country as exceptional as this country actually is (a topic for another post).
He has openly expressed his contempt for tens of millions of his fellow citizens who are not part of the liberal intellectual and financial establishment, mocking them for clinging to “God and guns,” which is a pretty startling statement for a Christian.
And he is the only head of state in all human history, as far as I know, and I know a fair amount about history, whose core foreign-policy operative principle has been to diminish the power and influence of the country he heads. He wants to lead from behind if we lead at all, and he clearly thinks that America is more often a part of the problem than a part of the solution.
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Mr Gordon’s final quoted sentence is the most relevant one to me; our President, the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces, thinks not like a mature and responsible national leader, but like a college sophomore, in typical bovine feces discussions around the table at the Student Center coffee shop . . . if not around the bong at an off-campus party. The question isn’t about whether President Obama loves this country — we cannot read his mind, though we do know that his lovely wife was never proud of this country until it seemed as though the Democratic Party would nominate her husband to become President — but whether he, after six years, one month and four days in office, has the wisdom, the maturity and temperament to actually be our President.
To me, the answer is clearly that he does not. A wise man would be able to tell the truth about our enemies, even though it is uncomfortable for him, but Mr Obama will not. A mature man could take the decisions required by the office for which he holds, for the position he asked to be given, but Mr Obama cannot. A man of even temperament would be able to work with people he doesn’t particularly like, if that is what his job required, but Mr Obama will not.
To be President of the United States requires both arrogance and humility, the arrogance to say that you are the best man for the job and that people should vote for you, and the humility to realize that the position is bigger than you, and that the country means more than you do. That Barack Hussein Obama has the arrogance is unquestioned, but he has never honestly displayed the humility that should come with being entrusted to hold that office.
In the end, President Obama may think that he loves our country, but he does not act as though he does, at least not the country we have today, nor the country most of us believe we ought to be. The voters have, twice now, entrusted our country to a man neither fit enough nor mature enough to hold his office. And after his eight long years are up, we shall all be poorer for it.