(I wrote this in 2010, but I think it appropriate to revisit it.)
So, we Americans have been arrogant, have we? Well, I have a few things to say about the comment made by Mr. Obama in one of his recent speeches decrying the very nation he claims to lead.
Arrogance can have either a negative or positive connotation. It can be conceited, or it may just be confidence in one’s superiority. Now, confidence can be based on a false sense, or it may be well deserved. I believe America’s supposed arrogance is earned, or perhaps I should say that it was, as we are being made to slide backwards by this administration’s efforts to destroy what was once the envy of the modern world.
Over the last 200 years, no other nation has lent itself to the usury of other nations as America has. No nation has given more to the world in the areas of science, technology, agriculture, medicine, and industry. And no nation has shed more of its own blood to defend the defenseless, free the oppressed, uphold justice, and deliver the innocent from the hands of tyrants and despots. America has backed up its commitments with countless dollars, the sweat and sacrifice of millions, and the lives of hundreds of thousands of its most noble citizens. And for this, we are called arrogant.
If the criticism came from outside our shores, it would be easily dismissed. But the fact that it came from within, from he who claims to be the leader of the greatest country to have ever been blessed by God, is unforgivable and boils my blood. To talk about arrogance while displaying a level of hubris unparalleled in modern history is extreme hypocrisy. The fact that Obama’s arrogance is not earned, but instead a product of his successful confidence scam on the American people, makes it even more so. The White House has been occupied by men with egos before, but none as grand as this man’s ego.
Obama struts onto the world’s stage and behaves as if he owns it. I cannot help but believe that the leaders of other democratic nations look at him slack-jawed when he couches insults at them while apologizing for America’s arrogance. It is worse when you figure in his lack of knowledge about history. Obama is constantly misquoting people and misstating facts. In his speech in Cairo, he claimed that Islam gave the world algebra and irrigation, wrong by several centuries. Babylon had irrigation to water its extensive gardens under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar centuries before Muhammad was born, and algebra dates from before 500 BC; so how in the world could Islam be responsible for their invention? These are facts well-known and easily discovered if not. Obama was either knowingly lying or is just displaying his lack of real knowledge by trying to appear smart. Or it could be that he wants to prop up his buddies in the Islamic world. It seems that Mr. Obama will not only try to claim credit for things he has no right to; he also wants to give credit for important things to a group that did not exist at the time those things were invented. Any man who will do that ought to be shamefully removed from his position and returned to obscurity as quickly as possible.
To assign credit to the Islamic world because Islam is now the mandated religion of what was once Mesopotamia is disingenuous. Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, a Muslim, may be considered the father of algebra; but this is intellectually dishonest as he lived in 850 AD. While he may have written about the application of algebra and furthered its usage, he cannot be credited with its invention.
Understand that I am not denying credit to Arabs and Persians for the things they have given the world, at least the things worthy of merit, but to assign credit to Islam is repugnant. There is one thing that Islam can take soul credit for: perfecting the slave trade.
America is denounced for slavery, and yet no one asks where we bought the slaves from. The fact is that the Barbary Pirates of the Moroccan coast captured and enslaved millions of Africans in the name of Islam, and it is from these “peaceful, tolerant” Muslims that slaves were bought. Obama talks about our mutual ties and interests with Islam; here is one he seems not to notice.
I suppose that enslaving millions because they do not subscribe to your religious beliefs is acceptable; the fact that they are 99% black Africans must just be a coincidence. The question of why so many blacks gravitate to Islam is puzzling; my guess is that if they understood the truth about what Islam did to their ancestors, they would not (but I may be wrong.)
How long are we going to be saddled with this incredibly stupid person driving the bus? I feel like I paid for a vacation in Hawaii and instead am forced to stay in a shack surrounded by processing plants; I can stay inside to avoid the sights, but I cannot escape the smell. Impeachment ought to be allowed for gross incompetence; Obama would surely qualify.
The gravity of our situation (eroding confidence in our government, continued job losses, foreclosures running rampant, the president taking over companies and driving executives out of work, etc.) is ignored by people only interested in “free money” from the government. Never mind that the government has no money in reality and must cook the books to hide the truth, all the while robbing us of our money and freedoms. All of this idiocy comes from an arrogant man bent on changing this country into what he alone envisions it should be. Even the vast majority of voters who supported Obama did not bargain for what he is doing. But you are labeled a fool when you are proven a fool, so I hope those “change and hope” voters find a comfortable way to wear their signs.
The real tragedy is the clown corps of a Congress we cannot seem to rid ourselves of. They are in place to offset executive overreaching and instead are drinking from the same chalice. The complicity of the Congress in the destruction of our society is truly depressing. However, my anger keeps me from dwelling on the listing of this sinking ship called America. It may be possible to right our vessel, but we must clear our bilge and get rid of the bloated ballast of the current administration along with the jackals in Congress before the storm will abate.
Our task would be easier if the “free” press would do their collective jobs, but it seems they are all warm and cozy in Obama’s pocket. Journalism is no longer objective and impartial; it is a wonder anyone gives them credence. But they are the cheerleaders of the left and are just as drunk on the new wine of change and hope as the morons who take our money and call themselves our Congress.
Arrogance indeed, the only arrogance is coming from a spoiled, coddled man who was given every opportunity to be good and instead has chosen to be an idiot.
I don’t know when God will let the hammer fall on us completely, but even the pain from that mighty blow will be welcomed as it will end this foolish experiment in cultural blending and affirmative action for the sake of appearances. Dear Lord, save us from leaders of small thoughts and poor vision. They have forsaken You and blasphemed Your Son. May we who seek Your council ever be protected by Your grace.
Photo credit: Dan Jacobs (Creative Commons)
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