Obama Refuses to Commemorate Fall of the Berlin Wall
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Newt Gingrich has voiced his criticism of President Obama’s decision not to attend next week’s 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gingrich calls the decision, “a tragedy.” I call it a travesty. The difference is significant. Defining synonyms are “calamity” and “misfortune.” Tragedy implies a random event that has wrought destruction. No, this is an outrage, a travesty. The Cambridge online dictionary defines a travesty as “something which fails to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to represent, in a way that is shocking or offensive.” The President’s refusal to attend the commemoration is both shocking and offensive. Furthermore, Obama is fails to represent the values and qualities that are the United States of America.
Why should this surprise anyone? Obama lives in an upside down world, where good is bad and bad is good. Where democracy and freedom are disrespected and the high calling is government control of the individual. Capitalism is scorned and despised. Communism and dictatorships appear to be admired. Simply recall the Obama response to the Honduran coup, its relationship with Venezuela, Cuba… Now contrast that to the way they snubbed Britain’s Brown, the Queen (an ipod filled with Obama speeches for an old woman), and his condemnation of Israel. Now Germany gets snubbed. Naturally, they have been a loyal ally for decades.
So is it any wonder he refuses to attend a commemoration of the seminal moment for freedom in the 20th century? No, for Mr. Obama the fall of the wall represents a tragic moment for socialism and communism. It represents the failure of government totalitarian control over industry and the socialist business model overall. So, rather than attend a celebration a quarter of the way around the world, it is understandable that the President would prefer to mourn quietly back in Washington. After all, he is rebuilding the former glory that once was the Soviet bloc right here. Why would he want to spoil that euphoria by remembering the last time it ended in spectacular failure.
I’m sorry. I wanted to like Obama. Seriously. Not because of any latent liberalism but because I was hoping he’d rule from the center. I would still have found plenty to disagree with, but what we have now may spell disaster. We have our first Socialist President. We have our first Post-American President. Post-Freedom, Post-Capitalism. Post-Pro-Democracy. With each passing decision, the President moves farther and farther to the left. If you believe the lame excuse provided through the equally lame Press Secretary you are one of the ignorant soon-to-be peasant masses. Too busy to attend an event commemorating the singular most pivotal event of the second half of the 20th century.
If you are an Obama supporter you really should do some soul-searching. Examine what motivates you to cheer Obama and his arrogant Congress. Is it simply Capitalism you hate? Do you really believe the government can run industry better than the free market? Or are you simply ignorant? Do you seriously believe only the wealthiest Americans will pay for all the socialist programs being pushed on us today? If we completely plundered the entire income of the top 2% we could not cover the expenses this government wants to undertake. If these are not your motives or your delusions you need to wake up and smell the garbage being delivered to your front door. Or maybe you’re like this person:
The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.— Thomas Sowell (In this example, we’re talking about Janie.)