Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fell into a typical leftist trap. He questioned Obama’s “love” of America. As they always do, the left constructed a strawman and portrayed it as an overly simplistic question ; that of “love” or “hate” for the country.
The administration can Tweet to #ObamalovesAmerica all it wants. Had Giuliani questioned Obama’s “love” of Cinderella they would be tweeting to #Obamaisaprincess. The only thing wrong with what Giuliani said was his spur of the moment choice of wording.
It’s not a matter of loving or liking America. Obama doesn’t have a sense of reverence when it comes to America and the western world.
Like a great many leftists, Obama has plenty of reproach for both this country and the west. It’s evident in every criticism he’s levied against them. It informs his recent lectures regarding slavery, Jim Crow, the Crusades and Inquisition. And it’s also found in his gaffes. “You didn’t build that” and “spread the wealth around” are two memorable examples. More than all that, the fundamental principle of his Presidency is an expression of his reproach.
On May 14, 2008 Michelle Obama said: “we are going to have to change our conversation, we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history, we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation”. A few months later, on October 30, 2008 Barack Obama bookended with: “we are five days away from fundametanlly transforming the United States of America”.
That was 2008. More than 70 months ago. Indeed isn’t that what’s happened? Today we are witnessing a sitting US President suggest that a jobs program will solve the ISIS problem, while passing our battle plans for Mosul out to the entire world well in advance.
Political correctness has run so rampant that the notion of “microaggressions” — racism, sexism, homophobia, or etc existing even if it can’t be identified — is believed to be a real and present danger on college campuses. So dangerous law professor Eric Posner at University of Chicago suggests that adult college students are “children” who require a “dictatorial” approach in regulating their speech on campus. In the meantime, Lena Dunham and Rolling Stone publish fictions regarding college rape that stand as fact even when revealed to be lies.
Yes, Michelle, we have moved into a very different place as a nation. It certainly isn’t the place a reverential President would have taken us.
Perhaps an easier way to look at it is like this. Suppose someone drives a late-model Toyota sedan. He or she loves the car. Not that it’s perfect. Maybe it’s slow to start on a cold day. The passenger-side upholstery might have a stain where the previous owner spilled a Big Gulp one morning a long time ago. But he or she loves that car because he or she reveres it for what it is and what it can do. It might need some work here and there. Some LTC. But no fundamental transformation is required to turn that Toyota into a Kia, a Buick, or a Kubota tractor. The Toyota owner is happy with a Toyota and isn’t trying to make it into something it’s not.
Giuliani was on point and right in what he said. His only error was that he didn’t use the word “reverence”.