Thursday, June 04, 2009

Dr. Spock

Many of my dewy eyed friends, raised on Dr. Spock’s permissive, non-judgmental teachings, believe that Barack Obama has the magic formula for world peace (as demonstrated in his Cairo speech – all nations are created equal, kind words will conquer all, and nuclear weapons, especially in the hands of the U.S. are a menace.) This passivity contrasts with Ronald Reagan’s active message of “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” This difference is especially telling when one compares Obama governing style with his rhetoric. He said in Cairo (and pledged on the campaign trail) that governments should be transparent, yet the opaqueness and reach of what his regime is actually doing is stunning. He also said there that “any world order that elevates one nation over another will fail”. This is the ultimate in non-judgmental pap … and a very dangerous notion that mirrors his (and many other liberal's) knee-jerk, hate-America-first attitude. To have thought that we were no better than Germany during World War II would have eliminated any incentive for us to stop this totalitarian menace. And to think that the United States is today on an equal moral footing with North Korea is nothing more than bubble-headed sophism.

For a man, with such rhetorical gifts, to have such anti-American and deep-seated Spockian ideals is truly dangerous … particularly when he lives in the White House.

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