Back to the Future? Obama, the Internet and America’s Return to Panama

Written by R.G. Yoho on March 17, 2014

There are probably only a small handful of you who actually remember the debate about the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977, which ceded control of the Panama Canal back to Panama.

I opposed it at the time; I still oppose it.

In fact, my father and I continue to despise the Senators, such as the late Robert C. Byrd (D.-WV), who deliberately ignored the cries of their constituents and chose to ratify it anyway.

The treaty was signed by Jimmy Carter, perhaps the only other man in our nation’s history to compete with Obama for the title of worst American president. And in another shameful similarity with our current Commander-in-Chief, Carter was also much more concerned with winning the world’s favor than he was in protecting vital American interests at home and abroad.

America purchased the land for the Panama Canal for over $40 million. Not only did American workers and engineers accomplish something which the French ultimately found impossible; they also overcame the scourges of malaria and yellow fever to successfully complete the construction of the canal.

This week I was sadly reminded of the Panama Control Treaty when I learned that the Obama administration is currently in the process of ceding control of the Internet to, as the president defines it, “the global community.”

Once more, I am outraged by another action by our president.

I think it’s time that many of you who blindly support Obama finally start asking yourselves which side our president is really on. It’s long overdue for some of you to realize that Obama is more concerned with winning the praise of our enemies than he is with protecting our people.

“Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the internet to an undefined group. This is very, very dangerous,” tweeted former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

“What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to?” Gingrich said. “This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”
Obama’s plan isn’t only a threat to our individual liberties; it is also places our economy and our national security at risk.

American Leftists in the White House need to get away from this false and antiquated notion that the United States is much more secure when other foreign leaders like us. In reality, our national security is ultimately determined by who actually FEARS us.

How could anybody who truly calls himself an American think we ought to turn control of the Internet to some kind of an international body? How could anybody who calls himself an American think it was in our interest to turn over control of it to foreign leaders who routinely seek to silence the dissident voices in their own countries?

And how can somebody who calls himself the President of the United States risk our nation’s security by placing the Internet in the hands of Communists and other foreign dictators?

We ARE the country that introduced Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press to the world. We penned it in our Founding documents. We are the country that still values it.

Or we used to be.

America invented the Internet. We paid for it. We built it.

Although the entire world benefits from the Internet, it was the United States which made it a reality.

As Americans, it’s bad enough that many of us still don’t believe that Obama is really one of us. However, what’s even worse is the fact that we have a president who doesn’t act like he wants to be one of us either.

Obama travels the world and apologizes for America. He deliberately signs international small arms treaties that a majority of United States Senators already rejected in a ratification vote. Moreover, Obama tells the military to stand down when they repeatedly try to save his own friends in foreign embassies.

If our president believes everything can and should be run by the United Nations or the “global community,” then perhaps we should ask, “What do we really need Obama for?”
Surely there is somebody else out there who can adequately fill Barack’s empty seat in the golf cart.

Increasingly, Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t act like he is President of this United States; Obama acts like he’s auditioning for Secretary-General of the UN.

And this week, Obama’s latest actions remind us once again of the gullible peanut farmer from Georgia, another American president who gave away the farm.

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R.G. Yoho is a Western author who has published seven books, including “Death Comes to Redhawk,” along with a non-fiction work entitled “America’s History is His Story.”