Saturday, April 23, 2011

Why Obama's Vaguely Foreign To Many

In a column at Ben Shapiro tries to explain why Obama seems foreign to many of us.
He has an interesting theory.
Here are a few quick excerpts from this intriguing column:
. . . President Obama is unconcerned with typical American principles and traditions.  He sees capitalism as selfish and evil, religion as dangerous and oppressive; he sees the Constitution as antiquated and entrepreneurialism as exploitative.  He is the representative of the Fareed Zakaria ideology at work, celebrating the post-American world. When America elects a president like this, many Americans begin wondering how it happened. . . . 
It is far easier to believe that the problem of un-Americanism lies outside our borders, that within we are unified . . . 
Thus the stubborn belief that President Obama is born outside the United States.  If he was, the unspoken logic goes, we can understand where he picked up his un-American philosophy. 
Click here to read the entire column.


Josh said...

Can we get off this meme already? There are plenty of legitimate things to criticize Obama about. Whether Obama is "anti-American" or not isn't one of them.

Criticize him all you want about his decisions in and of themselves. Call him incompetent. That should be all you need to do. Sticking with these meme that Obama hates America or American ideals only furthers the perception that Obama's critics simply don't like the fact that a black man with a different sounding name and an exotic background is President. Whether that's true or not is irrelevant. It's the perception that matters.

Look at the polls. Voters may not like the job Obama is doing as President, but they still like him personally. If Republicans make 2012 about Obama's birth certificate or whether he is a patriotic American or not, voters are going to feel like he is being unfairly picked on. Stick to Obama's decisions and policies in and of themselves and the GOP's favorables - and chances of winning next year - will be much higher.

One other thing - maybe it's because I'm part of a religious minority, but I'm happy that Obama is not shoving Evangelical Christianity down the electorate's throat like the GOP base wants the President to. Limited government means the government should stay out of social policy and issues too, not just fiscal ones.

Dan Cirucci said...

I agree that the issues are paramount.
But we choose a President on more than his or her stand on the issues.
A person's values and priorities and view of the world are important and are worthy of scrutiny.
It must be noted that there is no evidence that the GOP "base" wants the President (this one or any other) to "shove evangelical Christianity down the electorate's throat." None whatsoever.
Our nation enjoys a rich Judeo-Christian tradition that is intertwined with our history, our customs and our laws. It is part of our way of life.
Recognizing this does not constitute the endorsement of any specific religion. But recognizing this heritage and honoring it is one of the very important things that helps to guide us and make us who we are.
If Obama seems disconnected to this (or is unreasonably resistant to it) then that's legitimate cause for concern -- especially in the context of his overall world view and his deeply held feelings about our nation and its most cherished values.

mj loehrer said...

The birth certificate is not the issue. The media did nothing to vett this person prior to the election up to today. The American people, the thinking ones, should have had the opportunity to know what they were getting. It bothers me greatly that his lawyers have spent millions to keep us from finding out who the guy is. What is he hiding It's all a part of who he is; capitalist(not), socialist, communist, Islamo/facist, America hater, etc. Who knows? I would suggest that the book, "The Manchurian President" by Aaron Klein be read. It is slanted but should give us pause to his associations.