In an interview with a Brussels newspaper (De Standaard, October 23, 2006) Dutch author, Oscar Van den Boogaard, described what appears to be the attitude of most post-WWII Europeans. He said, “I am not a warrior, but who is? I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it.”
As John Stuart Mill has said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
It is a sad picture, a Europe where so many of the people have never learned to fight for their freedom… where people were only good at enjoying it. But it is sadder still to realize that nearly half the American people – liberals, Democrats, the anti-war radicals with the loudest voices – agree with them… relying for their freedoms on the exertions of better men than they.
So what is it about the term “miserable creatures” that liberals, Democrats, and anti-war radicals find so appealing?
Deceipt February 12, 2008
Standing on the platform, surrounded on all sides by adoring sycophants, he rails at the lobbyists and the special interests who populate the halls of Congress and the executive branch. “When I am elected President of the United States,” he intones, “the lobbyists and the special interests will no longer run Washington, DC. Power will be returned to the people!”
And the crowds go crazy. They spring to their feet, screaming and shouting, waving their placards in the air...placards that read “Public Employees for Obama” and “Classroom Teachers for Obama.” These are the toadies of AFSCME, AFT, and the NEA, three of the ten most powerful special interest lobbies in Washington, who, along with the trial lawyers and the anti-American billionaire George Soros, own the Democratic Party.
We are forced to wonder, if Obama were to stand on the platform and shout, “When I am elected President of the United States the teachers unions, the trial lawyers, and the public employees unions will no longer run Washington, DC. Power will be returned to the people,” would he actually escape the auditorium unscathed? Probably not.
No Jack Kennedy February 20, 2008
Jack Kennedy was a true war hero. During World War II he served in the South Pacific as skipper of a PT boat, the famous PT-109. For his heroic action in saving the lives of his crew he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Medal. He was also awarded the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Barack Obama has no military record, no background or experience on which to judge his personal courage, his patriotism, or his ability to serve as Commander in Chief of our military forces. During the years that Obama would have served in the U.S. military, he worked on voter registration drives as a community organizer on Chicago’s south side.
In that capacity he relied heavily on the community organizing techniques of radical leftist Saul Alinsky who, quite coincidentally, was the subject of Hillary Rodham’s senior honors thesis at Wellesley College, titled, “There Is Only The Fight…”: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”
Returning from military service, Kennedy ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving three terms from 1947 until 1953. He was then elected to the United States Senate where he served for seven more years, from 1953 to 1960, before being elected President of the United States.
Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 and served two four-year terms with an unsuccessful run for Congress sandwiched in between. He ran for the United States Senate in 2004 and served just two years before launching a campaign to become the leader of the Free World. But what is most alarming about this ambition-driven upstart, what most distinguishes him from a man like Jack Kennedy, and what serves as the wellspring of his campaign theme, “Change We Can Believe In,” is his allegiance to the teachings of Saul Alinsky.
In his book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote: “There’s another reason for working inside the system… Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system, that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future…”
Even the most disinterested and uneducated observer of the Obama campaign style could not have failed to note the messianic nature of his approach or his fealty to the concept of “change for the sake of change.” But what “revolutionary” change? That is the question before us today. Clinton and Obama have been working “inside the system,” just as Alinsky prescribed. Are we willing to gamble on what change either of them would pursue if they were put in charge of our great nation?
So, yes, Obama, there are those of us old enough to remember Jack Kennedy. And while you try mightily to assume his mantle, it doesn’t quite work for you. Yes, you remind us of a Kennedy, alright… but it’s not Jack, it’s Ted.
What did you say? March 6, 2008
Obama told his audience that, because some folks had the courage to “march across a bridge” in Selma , Alabama , his mother, a white woman from Kansas , and his father, a black Muslim from Africa , took heart. It gave them the courage to get married and have a child. The problem with that characterization is that Barrack Obama, Jr., was born on August 4, 1961, while the first of three marches across that bridge in Selma didn’t occur until March 7, 1965, at least five years after Obama’s parents met.
Obama went on to tell his audience that the Kennedys, Jack and Bobby, decided to do an airlift. They would bring some young Africans over so that they could be educated and learn all about America . His grandfather heard that call and sent his son, Barrack Obama, Sr., to America .
The problem with that scenario is that, having been born in August 1961, the future senator was not conceived until sometime in November 1960. So if this African grandfather heard words that ‘’sent a shout across oceans,” inspiring him to send his goat-herder son to America , it was not a Democrat Jack Kennedy he heard, nor his brother Bobby, it was a Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.