The former Mayor of New York City knows how to make some waves. Rudy Giuliani cut his teeth putting mobsters behind bars in crime-infested New York City, then he became Mayor of New York and cleaned the city up – helping it to reclaim her status as the greatest city in the world.
Now he’s stirring things up again with a recent frontal assault on president Obama’s love of country. Just a few days ago he shocked the liberal media when he questioned President Obama’s love of our nation.
First of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure. What I’m saying is that in his rhetoric I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America.
I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter. You can be a patriotic American and be a critic, but then you’re not expressing that kind of love that we’re used to from a president…
What I question about the president, maybe it’s even broader than that he doesn’t express love of America enough, which I don’t think he does. I think he talks more about criticism rather than about what an exceptional country we are. At least I don’t feel that form him. Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t feel that.
I also don’t believe he expresses a love of Western civilization that he should or understanding of Western civilization or what Western civilization has brought to the world. It’s had its grave, grave faults, terrible sins, but it’s also gone through things like the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation. We have three different forms of Judaism; reformed, conservative, orthodox. They all live together, they don’t kill each other, they don’t stone each other. At one time they did, a long time ago.
But now how about we talk about how we get Islam into the modern age where there is a recognition that you have to have this kind of debate within your religion and it’s got to come out in the open. It’s got to be discussed. If you refuse to say that there are extremist members of the Islamic religion, then it sounds like you’re living on Mars.
He’s faced a lot of backlash for those comments in the media over the last few days, but the Mayor is no “shrinking violet” and a little criticism isn’t going to get him to apologize or back down. In fact, instead of recanting, Mayor Giuliani doubled-down and expressed his belief that he is right about the President’s lack of love for our country.
I’m right about this. I have no doubt about it. I do not withdraw my words. If the president goes and makes a speech and talks about what a great country this is, if the president could complete the following sentence, during the Crusades the Christians were barbarians and so were the Muslims, if the president could say Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is our enemy, I will applaud the president. But until he does that, I will have doubts about his emotions, his feelings, his attitudes and the way in which he developed. We haven’t even mentioned some of the other communists and leftists who educated him as a young man. But all we need is Reverend Wright. 17 years in that church and that man condemned America over and over and over again. And he remained a member of that church?
I am saying, and I may be wrong, it’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it, I do not detect in this man the same rhetoric and the same language, the same love of America that I detected in other American presidents, including Democrats. And I think it guides a lot of the things that he says and a lot of the things that he does.
Kevin Williamson at the National Review Online doesn’t understand why people are so upset with Giuliani. The question is a fair one and the preponderance of evidence would seem to agree with Giuliani’s observations.
Questions about patriotism and love of country are, according to our self-appointed referees, out of bounds, déclassé, boob bait for bubbas, etc. Those are questions that we are not allowed to ask in polite society. Why? Because polite society does not want to hear the answers.
Does Barack Obama like America? The people around him certainly seem to have their reservations. Michelle Obama said — twice, at separate campaign events — that her husband’s ascending to the presidency meant that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” She was in her mid 40s at the time, her “adult lifetime” having spanned decades during which she could not be “really proud” of her country. Barack Obama spent years in the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church as the churchman fulminated: “God Damn America!” The Reverend Wright’s infamous “God Damn America!” sermon charges the country with a litany of abuses: slavery, mistreatment of the Indians, “treating citizens as less than human,” etc. A less raving version of the same indictment can be found in the president’s own speeches and books. His social circle includes such figures as Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, who expressed their love of country by participating in a murderous terrorist campaign against it.
Does Barack Obama love his country? Call me a rube for saying so, but it’s a fair question.
No, of course President Obama doesn’t love America in the way that we middle-Americans have come to expect from our heroes. Think about them – Alvin York, Douglas MacArthur, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Unitas, Joe DiMaggio, Abraham Lincoln, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy… when you think of them and you consider their feelings for our nation (even with all of our warts) you think LOVE of country.
When you think about Barack Obama – be honest – you think Jeremiah Wright, Saul Alinsky, John Kerry, Jane Fonda, socialism, protest… you don’t think LOVE. In fact, when I consider the life and legacy of President Obama, the most prominent things that come to mind all have to do with criticism of our nation, our values and our history.
President Obama doesn’t love America the way we conservatives have come to expect from our leaders and heroes. In fact, the truth of the matter is, he doesn’t even really seem to like America all that much… so why would he love her?
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