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Most Americans agree that the greatest problem America faces right now is a faltering economy. One would never know that by looking at NRO’s Corner on Thursday, February 26. Apparently the greatest threat to the Republic is the appointment of the former ambassador to China and Saudi Arabia, Charles Freeman, to head the National Intelligence Council.
The Washington Times’ readers are told that there have been two occasions when “the very existence of the United States was in grave doubt.” The first time we were saved by the Founding Fathers and the second time by Lincoln. This is to skip over the minor consideration that the existence of the United States was not in doubt when the Founders acted—because the United States did not exist in the way this writer means. That is why they are called Founders.
Obama may well fail politically, but the evidence that we are “teetering on an Obama implosion” and that Obama “is becoming laughable” is quite thin. Before confidently predicting that the electorate will return to the GOP, Hanson might want to consider why the Republicans were so decisively rejected at the polls in 2006 and 2008.
Over at NRO, Mona Charen announces that she will be attending a rally to support Israel in front of the Israeli embassy today, and she asks NRO readers to “please come and help demonstrate that millions of us passionately support Israel’s right to exist in peace and security.”
If the change that President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors? Indeed, Obama’s selection of Rahm Israel Emanuel as White House chief of staff is a signal that change ended with Obama’s election. The only thing different about the new administration will be the faces.
Imagine the reaction at National Review and in other neocon precincts if Barack Obama had indicated that his chief of staff would be someone who had volunteered for the military of a foreign nation, but had never volunteered in the American military, if his father had been a member of a terrorist organization,and was unrepentant about it, and if it was widely expected that the new chief of staff would use his position in Obama’s White House to advance the interests of a foreign nation.
So Americans have elected another president who is in not in any visible way a real American.
He is from Hawaii and Chicago. From Kenya and Indonesia. From nowhere and everywhere. He‘s “a citizen of the world,” the euphemism for the rootless elites who have slowly captured American politics, culture and business in the last half century.
In these qualities, however, Barack Hussein Obama merely reprises his predecessor, the president from Connecticut and Texas with no more attachment to those places than anywhere else, and whose principal loyalty isn’t to kith and kin or to place, but to power, privilege and a “proposition” called democracy.
Over at NRO, David Frum is maudlin and indignant that his friend Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum came in for some rough criticism at National Review over her endorsement of Obama. “How small has the house of conservatism shrunk when it can find no room for Anne Applebaum?” Frum wails.
Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party.
It looks like the economy is going bad, but don’t worry. Congress will make sure the bankers and speculators don’t suffer.