“America is too great for small dreams”-Ronald Reagan
“If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way.”-George Herbert Walker Bush
“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”-John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in America.”-William Jefferson Clinton
“America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government.”-John Quincy Adams
“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower
“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”-Benjamin Harrison
“America’s attitude toward Europe at times has been dismissive and derisive. Americans have failed to recognize Europe’s leadership in the world”-Barack Hussein Obama
If you read each quote by some of our past presidents and you read the last quote from our current president there’s a stark difference. So much so you could almost see strident, strong men standing bold above the podium staring confidently into a sea of people; and with Obama’s quote you can almost picture a man in hunched posture as if he’s been defeated, surely it would look as such by the way he stands, the way his voice quivers and reeks of an apologetic tone to critics around the world. The same critics he would rather uphold an oath to than that of the constitution, taken on the holy bible.
Today our leaders are nowhere to be found, there are no American presidents who are both reasonable and regal, and yet that reasoned view of the world allows not for them to compromise American tradition and American values. They compared this president to Ronald Reagan and to one of my favorites JFK. But both Reagan and JFK understood the world in ways Obama simply does not, or refuses to. Obama is a world citizen, not an American citizen. This is not some smear coming from a partisan, these are Obama’s own actions and sentiments toward American power and how he sees America role in the world.
America isn’t an empire, nor are we an imperial nation; we aren’t the Japanese of old. Our president blames America for everything and yet, somehow we’re to believe he’s some sort of once in a generational leader. I don’t know much about the whole once in a generational thing but I know a thing or two about leadership and leaders. Ronald Reagan was a leader for the very fact that he never said what people wanted to hear but what they needed to hear. He told us the truth about that red empire, even when the media accused him of war mongering and said he would cause a nuclear apocalypse. He told us the truth about Jimmy Carter’s land of make believe. Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the American Military Industrial Complex, and his own history was one of great courage and leadership as General during World War II. JFK, another leader although underrated as a presidential leader than one of left wing fantasy and celebrity said “Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country” I still hear the words from a Time for Choosing: “We face the greatest threat to mankind since his long climb from the swamp to the stars. “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.”
I read that speech by Reagan over and over because I know leaders, I’ve read about them and I can see new ones rising above the pillaged remains of promises and campaign pledges by those who seek nothing more to increase their own political and personal profile and in doing so gain power. Our president, this man of so called wisdom and earnest reason possess none of these traits which make great men of character. Why he look no further than his Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor who while she has a compelling background she’s not fit to serve as a lifelong member of the highest court in our land. Her comments aside, it’s her intentions that make her unfit to be a Supreme Court Justice. Anyone who agrees with a president’s “empathy” point of view ought not accept his nomination because justice is blind and empathy has no place in the court system of a constitutional republic. Our justice system operates on the notion that all men both the accused and convicted are equal, and only that verdict be the final judgment on both men. The accused and the convicted both deserve fair trials, equal representation and a solid verdict. And though our system has been unfair in the past, it is still by all measures the most humane, fair, and intellectually honest system in the world. Barack Obama has the tendency to compare America to the rest of the world, instead of the other way around. But I caution this president not to venture into such empty habits because America is not just another nation among many, but a leader among nations some of which seek the same freedoms we’ve been blessed with. Why look to a cracking and crumbling continent like Europe who long ago accepted the shackles of social engineering and socialism and willingly so, as well as the cage of appeasement. Why look to the Middle East where anti-Christian and anti-women’s rights laws are the norm, even promoted by kings and Mullahs who are 5th century in both their view of the world and how they rule the people. But again, the United States needs to seek a common partnership with the world, we need to become a leader among equals.
Let me tell you Mr. Obama the United States has no equals. We are as Ronald Reagan once said the last best hope of man on this earth, and for you to devalue that and in ways marginalize that is nothing short of naive if not altogether dangerous. We aren’t equal to the communists in China, or the authoritarians in Russia. We’re not on equal ground with the theocratic government in Iran or the socialists in Bolivia and Cuba. And Mr. president you may be, but we’re not friends of Chavez and Ortega.
America is one of the youngest nations on earth, and her people expect bumpy roads and learning curves but what we cannot expect and mustn’t accept is an America that is demoralized, marginalized, second rate in its thinking and ability, and weak in its capability to defend itself against global threats. We aren’t the world’s police force but that doesn’t mean we shut down our defense or stop improving our defense. I believe in a justice oriented foreign policy for America, one where America defends its allies based on principle and not on material interests.
I hope one day when the sun sets on America we can look on with pride and justification on how we conducted ourselves as a people. Our own ability to recognize the importance and frailty of our freedoms will determine how strong the will is for other nations living under the cloud of tyranny fight and stand strong against their own leaders who do not believe in this idea of liberty and destiny. This moment in time remains frozen but it melts day by day, and soon we’ll have to answer this defining question: Is freedom worth preservation?
Are we to sentence every single child on earth including our own into the abyss because this generation desired material gratification and sought the easy way out. Or will we become Americans again? I don’t hope for the latter I know we’ll resort to the latter because at the end of the day when you cut through all the celebrity and the personality and the media advertising of this slick package from the smoked filled room of Chicago who charmed his way into office like a Casanova, the American people know better than to fall for the same trick twice. We’ll rise again this dream come to life in the form of a nation built on its people, this the last best hope of man on this earth. We need not pretend leaders but honest ones, diligent ones who wear criticism like a winter coat because duty and honor is more important than praise and adulation.
America is leaderless right now, but let not your heart be troubled because a leader who stands on his or her principles and not on the backs of celebrity donors and a compliant media will come about.
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”-George Washington