Just to get this straight…this is the key quote from the Commander of Chief of our national armed forces during a speech at his nuclear conference this week:
“Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”
Barack H. Obama, 2010
Um, what? Whether we like it or not?
America has been the greatest force of democracy and individual rights in the world, ever. No nation or state has ever placed its treasure and blood for the cause of world peace the way America has, even to this day.
But apparently, Mr. Obama doesn’t feel that way.
Oh, sure, liberals will say it was a simple slip of the tongue. I don’t think so. First, he had his teleprompter…this likely was written beforehand. Second, this is not the first time our leader has said something to this effect. A pattern has emerged, that started long before this presidency.
How far left have Democrats come in the last half century? Well, Bill Clinton would have never been so stupid to say such a thing, even if he believed it. Even Jimmy Carter understood the place of America in the maintenance of peace and security.
But when you go back to John F. Kennedy, you get a real sense of how much Democrats have lost their way:
I must say, in defense of our own country, if the United States had not emphasized the military since 1945, the shape of the globe would be very different than it is today. So that those who feel we overemphasize it might consider the fate of freedom if we had not emphasized it.
John F. Kennedy, 1961
I guess that feeling no longer exists in the party of the left today.
To the President, I say this: I would not have any other country in the world take our place as a superpower in the short term. No one has shown the moral fortitude that we have. We are not perfect, but we are also the greatest force of good in the world today, as we have been over the last three quarters of a century. Who would we rather have as the preeminent power in the world? China, with their refusal of understanding of individual rights? The European Union, who barely cares about their backyard (see Yugoslavia, Greece, etc.), let alone the rest of the world? The United Nations, one of the most morally bankrupt institutions ever?
Ronald Reagan, in his farewell address, I think echoed JFK’s statements in with more imagery than literalism:
“I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.'”
Ronald Reagan, 1989