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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Obama vs. America
The Narrative of our political life has changed, and most agree it's not for the better. Many of the reports and statements coming out of the Obama administration are having a chilling effect on those Americans that have always seen America as a city set on a hill, a beacon for the entire world and the one great military superpower. American exceptionalism has always brought the oppressed here for freedom and those looking for unlimited opportunity to our shores. Now that Narrative is being struck down by none other than this president and his administration. He is cutting off NASA's Constellation program in his new budget that would eventually send another American back to the moon. Those of us who grew up in the sixties remember well the pride we all felt when Neil Armstrong uttered those inspiring words as he took the first human step on the surface of the moon, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Without a manned spacecraft for this country we'll have to rely on a Russian taxi ride to the international space station and relinquish our lead in the space program forever.
Most Americans were offended earlier this week when Obama said, "whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower." Well Mr. president, most Americans do like it and have pride in our military that has done more good for the world than any other force. We've freed the oppressed, stopped tyrants and dictators, and spread freedom worldwide. He has already scrapped our commitment to put missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. He has stopped production of the F-22, the most advanced fighter jet we've ever produced, and is ending the modernization of our nuclear arsenal that would continue to be the most powerful deterrent of aggression there is. He has also taken the use of nukes off the table in response to a biological or chemical attack. His administration has from the beginning played word games with the terms terrorists and Islamic extremism, in the hope of not offending Muslim countries. What a contrast to the Ronald Reagan philosophy, when he called the Soviet Union, "the evil empire," and defined conflicts by announcing, "we win."
The president was once asked a question about American exceptionalism. His response was, "I believe in American exceptionalism just as I suspect the Brits would believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." To put it in clearer terms he doesn't believe in American exceptionalism. His confusion with national pride and exceptionalism is instructive. America is exceptional because it leads the world in Freedom, opportunity, military might, wealth creation, standard of living, food production, and of course charity to the rest of the world, etc, and etc. Almost every American seems to know this, but our president is a little fuzzy on the subject. His constant apology tour is an indication that national pride also isn't his forte. And if he wants to compare our country to Greece that is instructive considering the fact Greece is on the verge of complete insolvency.
The troubling rhetoric is not confined to the president. Recently the science czar John Holdren, when talking to a group of science students said the following, "We can't expect to be number one in everything indefinitely." It's obvious the science czar was chosen because he holds many of the same sentiments as our illustrious president. Timothy Geitner said recently the unemployment rate will remain unacceptably high for a long time, which is an unintended admission that their voluminous deficit spending and the now infamous stimulus bill are both unmitigated failures. The hint by Paul Volcker that a European style VAT, "values added tax," may be needed to solve our fiscal crisis is also very telling. It's seems our president's comparison to our exceptionalism to the European's was more than just an analogy. The very attributes that make America exceptional seem to be systematically undermined.
A recent NYT/CBS poll says that 52% of Americans say Obama is moving America toward socialism. In the same poll 92% of the Tea Party Movement believe the same. No wonder April 15th was a day of protests around the country that according to Obama, amused him as his condescension for the movement reveals he considers them the proletariat. He believes they should be thanking him for cutting taxes for 95% of taxpayers, a crumb throwing act from a sovereign to claim providence for the less fortunate underclass. But, was it true? The Republicans in the House Ways and Means committee issued a summary of the 25 tax increases Obama has signed into law. They total 670 billion over ten years and 14 of them break Obama's pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than 200 thousand a year. A recent Rasmussen poll shows 66% believe we are taxed too much. It is evident that this president is pushing us to a Western European style socialism that will fundamentally change our country. You won't hear any democrat announce their intention of a Values added tax until after the November elections and Obama's debt commission issues their report. A convenient way to give the administration and democrats cover.
The fundamental question is, Is this president presiding over the decline of American or is he actually bringing it about through deficit spending, government take overs, and high taxation? Most in America believe the latter. That is why the Tea Party movement is growing, and Americans in general believe we are headed in the wrong direction. The fate of Greece will become our fate if the trend is not reversed. The very attributes that have made America the exception, not the rule, are being eroded. Rugged individualism, self reliance, a higher standard of living and an opportunity society are slipping through our fingers faster than a Greeced Pig, if you catch my drift. Read: ....Sarah Takes America's Side.....at my other blog.....Con-Men 4 Palin Link