The emptyhead again

Seventy years ago this week, Churchill gave us these memorable words:
Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’

Seventy years later, Barack Obama gave us this:
What has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny—our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there.

It was one of the worst—and most revealing—lines ever uttered by an American president. Winston Churchill echoed the Psalms; Barack Obama echoed Alice in Wonderland:
“Cheshire Puss … Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.

“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.

“— so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the cat, “if only you walk long enough.”

This week, Obama gave us this frightening insight into his presidency—he does not care where he is leading us, but we are sure to get there—and in so doing smashed the myth that he would one day stand beside Churchill as one of the greatest orators in modern history. It was not, suffice it to say, his finest hour.

Astute observers of the scene might recall one of the first things Obama did when he took office back in early 2009:
A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: "Thanks, but no thanks."

Removing that which symbolized the greatness of Winston Churchill was an omen. In its place now stands the ineptness of Barack Obama.


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1 comment:

  1. It's all about the leftist perspective. Leftists want change, but they don't look into what they might end up with. They want society to be re-moulded, but the end result is not really relevant, just as long it it is changed from the unsatisfactory thing it is now, (unsatisfactory to them, that is). That's why they will happily invite and encourage the migration of people who either cannot, or flatly refuse to, fit in, because , hey, any change is a good thing.

    I keep hearing about how Australia, prior to the 1970's was such a dull, white bread, monocultural place, and now that we opened the doors to all comers, we can enjoy the cosmopolitan lifetlyle, with ethnic eateries everywhere, and it's all so INTERESTING now, because it was so dull, dull, dull, back then.

    Who wants to go back to those dull old days when people were Australian, not Anglo-Australian, Vietnamese-Australian, Lebanese-Australian, etc? Who would want to go back to a boring old country where hardly anybody got stabbed in George Street, and everybody thought only gutless pissants went around gutting each other with knives, and where no women felt it was necessary to walk around with a bag over her head, in case any man who saw her might be overcome with lust? Who in his right mind would want to live in a country where nobody rioted or bashed each other over shitfights that happened on the other side of the world, three hundred years ago? We got change, but we got all that, too, and we're still getting it, because people like Obama, (and I realise this post was about the POTUS and not Australia, but the principle applies), love to embrace change, because of some delusional mindset that says any change is good change, and we can mould society into what we want after we change it from what it is today.

    Mr Obama has been given the privilege of being the President of what may be one of the most successful societies in history. The way I see it, as an outsider, but a student of history, the United States got to be the way it is because a certain critical mass of people embraced freedom, and a lot of blood was shed to build it, to maintain it, and to spread around the world that quaint idea that people should live largely free lives.

    Mr Obama inherited that free culture, that may need some fine-tuning from time to time, but in essence, it doesnt' need to be changed from what it is, and what was created 230-odd years ago. He owes it to his own people to put his efforts into buildng on what he has been given, and not on "changing" it, and the fact that he cannot even vocalise what he wants to change it into is a reflection of the magnitude of his delusion.

    The problem for people like me, or people in New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, most of Europe, (whether we like to admit it or not), is that if the US fails, we stand to lose what we have as well.


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