Posted by: Debby Durkee | May 3, 2010

A stranger in the presidency.

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A stranger in the presidency.

This is from Robert Weissberg at the American Thinker website. Mr. Weissberg is a professor of political science-emeritus at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has put his finger on what many of us who do not support this president have been feeling. Barack Obama is like an alien to this country, and it has nothing to do with his birth certificate, but everything to do with the way he has treated the country and his presidency this past 18 months. He and his cohorts are like a foreign occupying force, respecting nothing of the traditions and the normalcy of the country they’re running. Or, should I say running into the ground. Rush Limbaugh actually read a good portion of this on his show the other day.

… I reject nearly the entire Obama agenda, but the term “being opposed” lacks an emotional punch. Nor do terms like “worried” or “anxious” apply…

After auditioning countless political terms, I finally realized that the Obama administration and its congressional collaborators almost resemble a foreign occupying force, a coterie of politically and culturally non-indigenous leaders whose rule contravenes local values rooted in our national tradition. It is as if the United States has been occupied by a foreign power… It is not about Obama’s birthplace. It is not about race, either; millions of white Americans have had black mayors and black governors, and this unease about out-of-synch values never surfaced.

The term I settled on is “alien rule” — based on outsider values, regardless of policy benefits — that generates agitation. This is what bloody anti-colonial strife was all about. No doubt, millions of Indians and Africans probably grasped that expelling the British guaranteed economic ruin and even worse governance, but at least the mess would be their mess…

This disquiet was a slow realization. Awareness began with Obama’s odd pre-presidency associations, decades of being oblivious to Rev. Wright’s anti-American ranting, his enduring friendship with the terrorist guy-in-the-neighborhood Bill Ayers, and the Saul Alinsky-flavored anti-capitalist community activism. Further add a hazy personal background — an Indonesian childhood, shifting official names, and a paperless-trail climb through elite educational institutions.

None of this disqualified Obama from the presidency; rather, this background just doesn’t fit with the conventional political résumé. It is just the “outsider?” quality that alarms… Countless conservatives despised Bill Clinton, but nobody ever, ever doubted his good-old-boy American bonafides.

The suspicion that Obama is an outsider, a figure who really doesn’t “get” America, grew clearer from his initial appointments. What “native” would appoint Kevin Jennings, a militant gay activist, to oversee school safety? Or permit a Marxist rabble-rouser to be a “green jobs czar”? … And who can forget Obama’s weird defense of his pal Louis Henry Gates from “racist” Cambridge, Massachusetts cops? If the American Revolution had never occurred and the Queen had appointed Obama Royal Governor (after his distinguished service in Kenya), a trusted locally attuned aide would have first whispered in his ear, “Mr. Governor General, here in America, we do not automatically assume that the police were at fault,” and the day would have been saved.

And then there’s the “we are sorry, we’ll never be arrogant again” rhetoric seemingly designed for a future President of the World election campaign. What made Obama’s Cairo utterances so distressing was how they grated on American cultural sensibilities. And he just doesn’t notice, perhaps akin to never hearing Rev. Wright anti-American diatribes. An American president does not pander to third-world audiences by lying about the Muslim contribution to America…This appeal contravenes our national character… Then there’s Obama’s bizarre, totally unnecessary deep bowing to foreign potentates. Americans look foreign leaders squarely in the eye and firmly shake hands; we don’t bow.

But far worse is Obama’s tone-deafness about American government. How can any ordinary American, even a traditional liberal, believe that jamming through unpopular, debt-expanding legislation that consumes one-sixth of our GDP, sometimes with sly side-payments and with a thin majority, will eventually be judged legitimate? This is third-world, maximum-leader-style politics…And now President Obama sides with illegal aliens over the State of Arizona, which seeks to enforce the federal immigration law to protect American citizens from marauding drug gangs and other miscreants streaming in across the Mexican border.  Snip –

Perhaps the clearest evidence for this “foreigner in our midst” mentality is the name given our resistance — tea parties, an image that instantly invokes the American struggle against George III, a clueless foreign ruler from central casting…Perhaps subconsciously, Obama does remind Americans of when the U.S. was really occupied by a foreign power. A Declaration of Independence passage may still resonate: “HE [George III] has erected a Multitude of new Offices [Czars], and sent hither Swarms of Officers [recently hired IRS agents] to harass our People, and eat out the Substance.” What’s next?   

The last line there from the Declaration of Independence sure does capture it all, doesn’t it? Make sure you read the next bit because you can see a knee-jerk reaction by Obama by this particular column. Please read it all here:

Obama doesn’t like opposing rhetoric.

I found it interesting that in Obama’s graduation speech at the University of Michigan on Saturday, he has this to say. Remember Rush Limbaugh read the previous column on his radio show on Friday.

“What troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad,” Obama said after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree. “When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us.”

I would respond to the first sentence in that quote with this: Whoever said “all of government is inherently bad?” That’s just a straw man argument, and he knows it. But, remember, he’s speaking to a group of newly graduated college students. Students no longer taught to think critically, but to just take it all in. But, the second sentence is really interesting because he seems to be directly referring to the column that Rush read on Friday. The terminology “threatening foreign entity” – really got under his skin, didn’t it? I think Prof. Weissberg had better start looking over his shoulder over there at the U of I.

Obama also recommended that the students check out the other side of the political spectrum from the one they usually read or listen to. I think that’s fine. It’s always good to know your enemies.

You can read all of this at USA Today:


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  1. I think the term “occupying force” is right on the money. We can only hope that enough of our fellow Americans are savvy enough to do what is right in the coming elections. “Throw the Bastards Out”!

  2. Yes, today let’s get the right people into the position to beat out the leftists/Democrats. Our country is truly near the brink, I fear.

  3. Oh, Ted, did you hear the rhetoric Press Secretary Gibbs used in regards to BP and the oil spill? Something like — boot on their necks — to make sure they take care of the problem. Geez, how Hitlerian (and how frightening).

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