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Patriotic Ideals

Obama defends his commitment to patriotic ideals by telling a town hall meeting in North Carolina that "I always have the flag in my heart."

He just won't wear one on his lapel or salute it during the National Anthem.

Obama's Famous Crotch Salute

Kinda brings this to mind.


The Crotch Salute Returns

Obama repeats the crotch salute during the playing of the National Anthem at Memorial Day Services at Arlington National Cemetery, May 25, 2009.

No Questions

A combative Barack Obama said Tuesday that Republican John McCain "doesn't know what he's up against" in this election and challenged his rival to stop questioning his character and patriotism.

Obama certainly is thin-skinned, isn't he?

Of course if he didn't work for and hang out with this guy, named Chicago's "Citizen of the Year" in 1997, then maybe there wouldn't be a question.

And maybe if he showed the proper respect for America and its symbols, there would be fewer people asking these questions.

The photo was taken to promote Ayersís book, "Fugitive Days" and published by Chicago Mag in their August 2001 issue.

This guy is still a hard-core communist as he proudly announces on his red communist star-headed website.

I can't imagine why anybody would question your patriotism, Obama?

First U.S. President To Hold Press Conference Without American Flags Present


 Rush Says, "He Is A Foreigner"

Rush Limbaugh said yesterday that as far as loyalties go for Barack Obama, he is a "foreigner."

"This guy is on a mission to fundamentally reform or transform this country.  He doesn't like it the way it was founded.  He's got the same view of this country that Reverend Wright has, that his father had, that communists have of it.  Now he's got his leadership position over it.  This stuff is not accidental.  The job loss?  The economic destruction?  Drilling moratoriums in the Gulf of Mexico for no reason whatsoever?  Nationalizing businesses?"

"We think this is altruistic?  We think Obama is just misguided but he's actually trying to help things?  This is crazy.  My whole point is?  Nobody with a modicum of intelligence who really is trying to improve employment and economics in this country would do anything that Obama's done.  And if they were serious, they would realize their mistake and do the opposite now.  Rather than compound this with more bailouts and more deficits, more stimulus plan.  I know it's fun to sit around and speculate how they're all gonna feel the day after the election, some of the rank-and-file Democrats.  But when it comes to Obama -- as much as you might not want to do it, as much as it might be very uncomfortable to think this way -- you have to try to comprehend this."

"He sees the last 20 months as a triumph.  He does not see this as a debacle.  He is doing exactly what he intended to do."

"He is pleased with himself.  Let me put it this way.  We don't need a birth certificate to know that Obama is a foreigner, in this sense: He's born in the United States, but he doesn't think like most of us think.  He doesn't look at this country and its people, its history, its accomplishments the way most of us do.  He doesn't look at our history with pride.  There's no American exceptionalism as far as Obama's concerned.  Obama looks at America the way Reverend Wright looks at it, the way Minister Farrakhan looks at it.  Obama looks at America, sees the country the way the rest of the hardcore left sees it, and you know who the hardcore left are: Ayers and that crowd.  He's one of them.  This has been the thing I've been trying to convince people of ever since just before the election."

Excerpt -- read the whole thing here . . .

Obama Muffs U.S. Motto
Stephen Dinan says members of Congress on Monday called on Obama to issue a public correction after he incorrectly labeled E pluribus unum the U.S.'s motto in a speech last month, rather than "In God We Trust."

The lawmakers, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, also said Obama was making "a pattern" of dropping the word "Creator" when he recites the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.

"By misrepresenting things as foundational as the Declaration of Independence and our national motto, you are not only doing a disservice to the people you represent you are casting aside an integral part of American society," the representatives said in a stern letter asking for him to correct the speech.

Last month, while speaking at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Obama was trying to stress the similarity of the U.S. and Indonesia and said "it is a story written into our national mottos."

"In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum -- out of many, one," he said, then compared it to the Indonesian motto, "Bhennika Tunggal Ika -- unity in diversity."

The official motto of the U.S., designated by a 1956 law, is "In God We Trust."  E pluribus unum is the motto on the Great Seal of the United States, and appears on the ribbon held in the beak of the eagle that dominates the obverse side of the seal.
Heís Just Not That Into You America
Jim Funkhouser says, from the perspective of a leader, there are two types of loyalty.  The first is the sort that Steven Jobs has for Apple.  If you checked Jobsí closet Iím sure you would find Apple T-shirts, Apple ball caps, etc.  The walls of his posh estate(s) are probably covered with Apple awards, Apple photos, Apple banners, etc.  His car keys: Apple keychain.  His license plate: APPLECEO.  His favorite pieÖ you guessed it.

Jobs loves his company just as many CEOs do.  They love to promote them, talk about them, brag about them, etc.  Most often they consider the people who work for them to be extended family.  With Jobs this passion for his company is palpable, and itís easy to imagine that if he someday succumbs to his health challenges his final thoughts will linger on the people, places, and things that are the Apple Corporation.

The second type of loyalty doesnít spring from an economic creation, it grows out of a patriotic fervor for oneís homeland.  Military leaders, political leaders, and even leaders of civic organizations can appreciate the depth of feeling that can at times overwhelm these otherwise pragmatic men and women.  "My Country right or wrong" most often makes sense to this group, and they probably count themselves as fortunate that they can express their love of Country proudly.  America, in theory and in practice, is a nation that any leader should find easy to defend, and love.

Patriotic loyalty is a natural emotion for any politician, and itís hard to imagine a politician of any stripe reaching the office of the Presidency of the United States without this very human trait.  Hard to imagine until recently that is.

Barack Obama does love America, but not in the sense that he would take a bullet to defend her from enemies foreign or domestic.  He loves America in the same sense that Steven Jobs loves Apple.  Obama doesnít want the American Corporation to fail, but he neither thinks that the idea of America is any more special than the idea of France, or China, or Kenya for that matter.  He isnít married to America, he is going steady.  He likes her a lot, and she may be his favorite Country, but his loyalty is a mile wide and an inch deep.

Itís not that Obama has at times refused to salute the American Flag, itís more likely that such an impulse just doesnít flow naturally into his mind.  Itís not that he intentionally mispronounces "corp(e)sman" when introducing military service personnel, itís more likely that our nationís military customs are simply not his passion.  No lapel pin?  Failure to salute a Medal of Honor recipient?  Anti-American comments abroad?  None of these precludes Obama from running a secular corporate state like a detached technocrat, so they are easily jettisoned as superfluous flotsam.

One problem with detached technocratic leadership is this: Our enemies seldom have dispassionate leaders.  America playing the role of Obamaís "friend with benefits" gets dangerous for us when the bully in the alley pulls a knife.  Our paramour might hold the door for us, but will he take a shiv in the gut defending our honor?

Does a Country need to believe that its leader is passionately loyal to the ideas, traditions, and culture that animate its desire to remain united?

The answer seems self-evident. When Michelle Obama called us out as being a "down-right mean Country" we waited with futility for a response from her spouse that rejected such a notion.  When she offered that it took the election of Barack for her to finally manifest any feelings of pride in America what we longed for was a passionate defense of land of the free and the home of the brave.

I mention Michelle because I believe that the words from a politicianís spouse are more likely to offer credible insight into a candidate than the words of the candidate themselves.  Michelle may have never uttered the words "America is a down-right mean Country" to Barack, but it strains credibility to think that he never had an inkling that his wife loathed the Country that gave her the freedom to raise a wealthy and healthy family.

The Obamas, like most married couples, may not agree on every minute policy detail, but they definitely agree on any idea as large the goodness or badness of their own Country.  Their preacher simply consecrated the family ideology, which hopefully stops short of eliminationalism.

Sorry for your luck Miss America, but your boyfriend is simply using you to advance a statist agenda.  He likes your logos, and your patents, and your balance sheet, but your corporate strategy of "until death do us part" is antiquated.  If you start to pull away expect a plethora of flowers and chocolate, but as for that ring youíre longing for America, forget it.  He simply isnít that into you, and he probably never will be.
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