Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Official Policy Now: U.S. No Longer Bastion Of Freedom

This comes as no surprise, but it's still disheartening to watch:

Sometimes when presidents are elected, they siphon off old vestiges of previous administrations. Perhaps they discard a rarely used perk or discontinue a tradition such as the playing of “Hail to the Chief.” But never has this nation seen an administration treat the idea of American exceptionalism in the same manner you would a used Oval Office carpet. Sure, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden recognize that America was once the leader of the free world, they simply think that the line of thinking is something to be admired in a museum, taught in history books, but practiced no longer.

Vice President Biden is responsible for the latest example of this White House’s disregard for American leadership. Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels on May 6, Biden said: “As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.” But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.”

This is not a case of Joe being Joe. This was a deliberative statement read from a Teleprompter that abdicated American exceptionalism, and replaced it with a misguided view of European dominance. A speech of this magnitude is not drafted on the plane ride over, and this line was carefully considered. This ladies and gentlemen, was the Obama White House in living color.

This is a very big deal, mostly because of how this notion came about:

American presidents earned the title ‘leader of the free world’ not because “some American politicians and American journalists” decided so as the Vice President so obtusely and condescendingly implied. The title was earned during the nearly seventy years that the United States has been the last beacon of hope for nations and people yearning to be free. The U.S. has always acted in the best interests of liberty, especially when the United Nations or even European allies sat on the sidelines. It is in fact this leadership that gives nations in the European Union the comfort to not build up strategic defense operations knowing they can rely on our protection.

It is not an act of humility to give these cold hard facts the credit they’re due.
The problem, of course, with rejecting the idea of America as the primary bastion of freedom in the world, is that no one else has the will or ability to fill that position. Europe is filled with weenies and professional capitulationists who have no military power and no will to fight on behalf of weaker brethren in the name of freedom.

In short, if America refuses this honor and responsibility, it will disappear from the world.

Barack Obama & Co. are doing their best to do just that. This is yet another thing in which I hope he fails. It is the responsibility of the American people to rebuke such an administration and set them straight.

There's my two cents.

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