The Anti-Trump news media is gleefully quoting Emmanuel Macron’s sanctimonious chiding over Nationalism from this weekend’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
I’m sorry, but no sale.
Listening to Macron lecture about what constitutes patriotism and nationalism is about is welcome as listening to Obama lecture Christians about getting off their high horse.
Could you imagine if Macron was the President of France during World War Two?
He’d have surrendered to the Germans so fast …
Actually, nothing would have been different.
When you refuse to put your nation and its people first, you tend to roll over like a whipped dog at the first sign of trouble.
In that respect, Macron is the French Obama.
He is a globalist and a collectivist. And just like Obama finds it unseemly to place the interests of the nation he supposedly serves above the interests of the world.
Nationalism is putting your nation and its people first.
Frankly, any leader who cringes at that is not fit to lead.
And when I read Macron’s lecturing drivel, I immediately thought of Obama’s droning speech before the UN General Assembly in the fall of 2014.
In it, Obama sanctimoniously chided Americans in the same the way Macron sanctimoniously chided President Trump and other nationalists this weekend.
Obama, like Macron, sniffed at the notion of nationalism and national sovereignty.
And I gave a defense of America First in response to that speech in a column called “Parsing Pusillanimous Piffle” (available in my second volume of columns, RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama).
But instead of just picking quotes from it, I thought I would reprint it in its entirety here. And as you read it, consider what is happening in Europe and what the Trump revolution means for us here in the US after eight years of Obama.
Parsing Pusillanimous Piffle – September 25, 2014
You’ll forgive me if I sound a wee bit cranky. I have been slogging through the four-thousand-plus-word speech Obama read to the United Nations yesterday.
I find that parsing pusillanimous piffle puts me in a persnickety mood.
It is mindboggling to me that the President of the United States of America can, with the ease of someone throwing junk mail in the trash, toss aside the very Constitution of the nation he was elected to lead in favor of some mythical, fictional, non-existent “international system” and “collective.”
Barack Hussein Obama has never seen himself as an American.
He is part of the “Global Community.”
He lives his life as though John Lennon’s song “Imagine” is no longer just the drug-induced dream of a former rock-n-roll singer, but the actual world in which we live.
For Obama, seeking the best interests of the United States of America is a non-starter.
For Obama, seeking to “observe and enforce international norms” is the secret to living in a land of rainbows and lollipops — where windmills and solar panels power the planet, all disease has been wiped out, and algae fuels our compact cars (which, of course, are constructed using “never crumbling, light as a feather, recycled plastic”).
For Obama, simply making a speech to a room full of foreign diplomats, many of whom fund and support terror organizations, will bring about a New World Order where “war” and “disease” are replaced with “hope.”
Naïve idealism is a dangerous thing.
And the President of what should be the freest, most powerful nation on earth is a foolishly naïve ideologue.
He reminds me of Principal Snyder from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” who, when a giant demon snake attacks the graduation ceremony, stood to one side muttering, “This is simply unacceptable!”
Obama’s 4,261 word speech was a signal to a very dangerous world that the United States of America will not lead through strength, will not seek to preserve and protect its own interests, and will only act if the frothing anti-Semites and tin-pot dictators represented at the UN are kind enough to agree.
“On issue after issue, we cannot rely on a rule-book written for a different century. If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act cooperatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped the post-World War II age.” [Bold emphasis Dianny’s]
America led the way in the twentieth century, not because it was thinking globally and acting cooperatively, but because America sought its own interests. It fought to preserve and protect its own sovereignty and freedom.
America stands for the unalienable rights of all man. Life. Liberty. Property.
And by maintaining and preserving the sanctity of those rights within our own nation, we can be a help to the world. Only by putting our nation’s interests first, can we be a help to the world.
It’s like when you’re on an airplane and the flight attendant reminds you to place your own oxygen mask on before assisting your child.
If America doesn’t remain free, if America ceases to be the beacon of Liberty, how on earth can we expect to bring freedom and liberty to others?
Pursuing our own national interests is what allows America to have the strength and will to lift other peoples out of tyranny.
A rising tide lifts all boats. And a strong, prosperous, free United States was able to lift whole regions of the globe out of despotism and into freedom.
This was the “rule-book” Obama mentions.
It is not a “rule-book” that has an expiration date.
And yet, this naïve ideologue believes that this “rule-book” is outdated.
And what, pray tell, is Obama’s fantasy “rule-book” for this new century?
From that crop of virulent, anti-American vermin from the UN?
Let me tell you something about that “rule-book” from another century, Mr. President.
It freed more people, saved more lives and created more prosperity and economic security than the “Star Wars Bar Scene” known as the United Nations.
I gotta tell you, parsing pusillanimous piffle preached petulantly by this President makes my blood pressure rise.
What President of the United States would possibly believe for one nanosecond that going before these people at the UN and apologizing for America, making excuses for Islamic jihadists and blaming his own nation for inequity would bring about a freer, more prosperous world?
“I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them the safe-havens they rely upon. At the same time, we have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country”. [Bold emphasis Dianny’s]
Obama may not want to recognize that America is at war with Islam, but you can bet Islam is at war with America. For Islam, there is most definitely an “us and them.” They are the “us” and every Infidel is a “them,” and their religion teaches them to kill the Infidels.
And herein lies the primary problem with having a recklessly naïve, appeasing ideologue as President.
How can we defeat an enemy we refuse to identify?
How can we as a nation protect ourselves against an enemy our own Commander-in-Chief is so concerned with offending?
“So we reject any suggestion of a clash of civilizations. Belief in permanent religious war is the misguided refuge of extremists who cannot build or create anything, and therefore peddle only fanaticism and hate. And it is no exaggeration to say that humanity’s future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or religion.”
Okay, this is one of those quotes that just sends me into orbit.
Let’s look at this carefully.
First of all, this is most definitely a war between Western Civilization and Twelfth-Century throwbacks who want to establish a world-wide Caliphate.
By definition, this is a clash of civilizations — primarily a civilized one against an uncivilized one.
But there is something even more hypocritical and insidious in what Obama says here.
Read the last part again:
“And it is no exaggeration to say that humanity’s future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or religion.”
Who has been busily dividing the United States of America by race, religion, and class for the last six years?
If Obama really does believe that humanity’s future depends on defeating those who would divide us, shouldn’t he surrender to authorities and happily allow us to imprison him?
What I find outrageous about Obama’s speech is his ability to blame America while at the same time positioning himself on the moral high ground.
America is evil.
Obama is the Great Healer.
America is divisive.
Obama is the Great Uniter.
America is cynical.
Obama is the essence of Hope.
What a crock of crap.
Finally, a few words on the predictable “America sucks too!” portion of this pusillanimous piffle.
“I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.” [Bold emphasis Dianny’s]
Is he kidding?
Is he really going to compare the butchery and barbarism of Iraq and Syria to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri?
Doesn’t it basically negate his very premise when the worst thing he can come up with to claim America is as bad, baddy-bad as ISIS or Russia is a thug from Ferguson who, after attacking a police officer, got shot and killed?
Personally, I think if Obama wanted to show that America suffers from its own brand of barbarism, he would have been better suited citing the over fifty million babies slaughtered by abortion since 1973.
But Obama will never cite abortion because Obama doesn’t have a problem with that kind of barbarism, now does he? Obama doesn’t have a problem with the fact that the number one killer of blacks in the United States of America is abortion, does he?
“But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short.”
No, Barack. There’s no “we” here. YOU are willing, make that more than happy, to criticize the United States of America. And not just to those of us here at home. You’re more than happy to jet around the world to criticize us to your foreign audiences as well.
“Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better.” [Bold emphasis Dianny’s]
Look at the bold portions. Do any of those claims that Obama made to the United Nations apply to him? Is he held to account?
Is he, the President who bars, edits and spies on the press, insisting on a free press?
Is he, the man who seeks to stack the DC Circuit court with radical Leftists insisting on an independent judiciary?
Does this man, Barack Hussein Obama “respect the rule of law?” Mr. “If Congress won’t act, I will?” Mr. “Ignore Federal Immigration Laws?”
And finally, does Barack Obama have any belief, let alone an “unyielding belief” in the ability of the Individual? This man who expects individual liberties to be shoved to the back of the bus in favor of centralized government control? This man who berates individual success by declaring, “If you have a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Dear, sweet merciful Zeus.
There are hypocrites.
And then there is Barack Hussein Obama.
A man so convinced of his own superiority, he believes he can lecture the United States, and the rest of the world on how we are all to behave. A man so full of crap, he truly does believe that he is above us.
Reckless naïveté is dangerous.
But reckless naïveté wrapped in a narcissistic personality is downright horrifying.
Okay, I’m back!
Let’s be honest, Macron is peddling the same failed internationalism and collectivism that Barack Obama tried to ram down our throats.
And it’s going really well for France, isn’t it?
The purpose of the collectivist Left is to take from the people the right to self-government and national sovereignty and instead place power into the hands of a bureaucratic elite.
And I don’t think Macron was simply lecturing President Trump – no matter how much the American media might want to play it that way.
The EU — that bungling bureaucratic blunder is being rejected by individual nation’s in Europe.
And Macron isn’t happy about it.
The EU was supposed to be the Golden Mean of International Collectivism. And it’s failing largely because it deprived each country’s citizens of representative government. And instead, placed power in the hands of an unelected bureaucracy.
Someone who read that column of mine after Donald Trump was elected told me, “You foresaw Donald Trump.” But I don’t think that’s the case.
Instead, Donald Trump understood that the American people were tired of a having a President who put the rest of the world ahead of us — the very citizens he was elected to serve.
The same thing is happening in Europe.
Consider it a great awakening of sorts.
And that is precisely why collectivists like Obama and Macron demonize and smear the notion of Country First.
Nationalism is about self-government. It takes power from a centralized elite and restores the sovereignty of its citizens. And it places their interests first.
Nationalism isn’t the opposite of Patriotism.
What it is is a threat to a small, unelected elite’s lust for power and control.
And that is exactly why Obama and Macron — and the rest of these sanctimonious “betters” — fear it.
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