Rudy Giuliani, speaking last week to a group of conservative businessmen, stated, “I do not believe, and I know this a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.”
Now, I have a lot of respect for Rudy. He set the standard for how an elected official should deal with an overwhelming crisis and has been a reasonably good spokesman for conservatism.
So what was so horrible with what he said? Was it horrible that he would break with political correctness and state the obvious? Or is it horrible that we have a president that doesn’t love America?
Of course, the Pavlovian left immediately sprung into its hard-wired mode of covering for this president. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, that bastion of objective thought, gave the comment four Pinocchio’s that it reserves only for the most “high octane baloney”.
The most eloquent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, chimed in admonishing potential GOP presidential candidates to stand up and say “Enough!” to this kind of slander. She went on to say she never questioned President Bush’s patriotism despite wide disagreement on most issues.
Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen couldn’t resist playing the race card and questioned that, “Maybe he [Giuliani] thinks he [Obama] loves it three-fifths as much as Giuliani and his pals.”
I was sorry to see Giuliani later backpedal from his comments. He essentially changed his position to “OK, Obama does love this country, but he questions our exceptionalism”. You may remember Obama’s deep and thoughtful comment that America is exceptional, but our exceptionalism is not any more exceptional than any other country’s exceptionalism.
So, does our esteemed president love America or not? Well, yes and no. One can’t answer this question until you define what you mean by America.
There is an America that Obama dearly loves. He loves the gullible, ignorant one that put him in office initially with no track record of accomplishment, without understanding anything of his motivating worldview. He loves that America.
He loves the America that provides him with a world of celebrity and luxury that he can languish in, that sycophantically supports his every word. That same America with a mainstream media that has abandoned its watch dog mandate and instead mindlessly promotes his lawlessness. He loves that America.
He loves the America that is so cowed by political correctness and fear of being labeled a racist that common sense criticism and concern about the decline of the country due to his actions is rarely seen outside of a few conservative outlets. He loves that America.
He loves the America that has an educational system openly opposed to Christian values and that attempts to inculcate in our children an acceptance of totalitarian rule. The same America where on most of our college campuses any dissent with Marxist precepts is met with hostility and derision. He loves that America.
He loves the America where he can use his pen and phone to create and enact legislation on his own, ignore the job of real governing, and then fly off to the next fund raiser or golf outing. Oh yes, he loves that America.
What about the America that Obama hates? That’s the one based on the principles enshrined in our founding documents. You know, the ones I have never heard this president promote — individual freedom and liberty, personal responsibility and property rights, free speech and self-defense. Can you point to one speech where this president extols these values? This America is based on these principles, the ones that created the greatest society the planet has ever seen. That’s the America this president hates.
If you love America as founded, you do not pronounce with great fanfare that you are out to transform it. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you do not take over the health care system with the iron fist of government making it ultimately a method of control of individual citizens. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you do not weaponize the Internal Revenue Service and use it as a hammer of intimidation against your political opponents. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you do not lay open its borders and allow a flood of illegals to enter the country, swamp our welfare system, and bring back diseases that we haven’t seen in this country in decades. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you don’t veto the Keystone Pipeline that would bring a new flow of oil from a valued ally, reduce the flow of cash to countries that want to destroy us, and provide tens of thousands of much needed jobs in this country. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you do not squander the blood of our sons and daughters and hand back hard won victories in Iraq and Afghanistan to Islamists that are our sworn enemies. This president did.
If you love America as founded, you do not let four Americans die in Benghazi and not lift a finger to help them. You would not be AWOL while your leadership was demanded. This president did.
Does this president love America? Not my America.