Les Phillip, GOP Congressional candidate from Alabama, recently released an ad accusing President Barack Obama of being ashamed of America. Some of the President’s associations, actions, and statements do seem to lend credence to the idea that Obama not exactly proud of the United States.
Obama Humbles America
From the moment Barack Obama sprang into national view as a presidential candidate, he has shown a mixture of shame and hostility toward the country that ultimately elected him to the highest office in the land. In addition to picking on individual states, Obama has belittled the nation as a whole on numerous occasions including:
Obama’s associations with outspoken America haters like William Ayers and Reverend Jeremiah Wright should have been an early indicator of candidate Obama’s disinclination toward the United States.
Once elected, President Obama launched a multi-continent tour to introduce himself to the world. Many of his speeches included apologies for the arrogance and misdeeds of the United States.
He has, on more than one occasion, bowed to foreign leaders, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.
Obama at War with the Will of the People
Some of the high profile battles that Obama has chosen have been against the American people.
Obama declared that the March 2010 passage of the healthcare reform bill “answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people.”
It was an audacious claim given that just before the bill became law, a poll showed that 54% of Americans opposed the plan. Those numbers have remained virtually unchanged since the bill became law, and in fact, a new poll reveals that 63% of U.S. voters now favor its repeal.
A month later, after the passage of Arizona’s SB1070, Obama was highly critical of the tough, new immigration law. He called the law “misguided” and even sided with Mexico’s President Calderon against Arizona. He has ordered his Justice Department to review the law, and John Morton, head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has threatened not to process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials.
Once again, the President found himself on the opposite side of the majority of Americans who favor Arizona’s immigration bill and disapprove of Obama’s handling of the issue.
Weakening the Armed Forces
In addition to his continued efforts to “confess” and “atone” for all of America’s misdeeds, Obama has turned his attention to the military. He is currently considering a new military award for “courageous restraint.”
The idea has received mixed reviews. Lt. Col. Edward Sholtis defends the award claiming that, “Our young men and women display remarkable courage every day, including situations where they refrain from using lethal force, even at risk to themselves, in order to prevent possible harm to civilians.”
Opponents worry that it will cause soldiers to hesitate and second-guess their actions in combat. A former senior legal adviser to the Green Berets took offense at the creation of such an award saying, “The implication of this award is that we do not engage in war fighting that is appropriate.”
Obama’s Own Words
Perhaps the President expressed his attitude toward the United States best when he said in a 1990 interview with the Associated Press, “Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous.”