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You Can't Promote Freedom Abroad as it Disappears at Home
GOP USA ^ | 10/1/2012 | Star Parker

Posted on 10/03/2012 6:50:40 AM PDT by IbJensen

Baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot by watching."

Simple wisdom, that President Obama is not likely to heed. In order to observe, you have to want to look at the truth that's actually out there.

With reality so different from how our president wishes to portray it, he has little interest in seeing things as they really are.

This past week, the president delivered a "Kumbaya" appeal to the current session of the United Nations General Assembly. The pitch, about peaceful resolution of disputes, tolerance and free speech, was clearly aimed at Muslim nations.

The following day, Egypt's newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, stood before the General Assembly and gave his reply. No thanks.

Sure, Egypt will respect free speech, as long as it does not offend "one specific religion or culture."

The message we got from candidate Obama in 2008 was that the rift between the Muslim world and the West was one of misunderstanding, of lack of empathy on our part. Candidate Obama said he was the man, given his personal history, who could bridge that gap.

In 2009, the first year of the Obama presidency, the Pew Research Center reports that the favorability rating in Egypt toward the U.S. was 27 percent. Now in 2012, it is 19 percent, down eight points.

More misunderstanding? I don't think so. Egyptians are quite clear about who they are and quite clear about their distaste for the moral relativism that Obama peddles as freedom. Conflicting attitudes and world views emerge from different beliefs, not misunderstanding.

In the same Pew survey last June, only 11 percent of Egyptians agreed with the statement "It is good that American ideas and customs are spreading here."

Has Mr. Obama just not had enough time, as with producing an economic recovery at home, to get Muslims to learn the words to "Kumbaya"?

The real problem, as I see it, is how do you peddle to others what you don't understand, or won't be honest about, yourself?

While our president refuses to honestly look at Muslim societies, they do look at us. They see American double standards and mixed messages very clearly.

In his U.N. speech, President Obama quoted South African leader Nelson Mandela saying, "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

This from an American president who is now forcing American employers to buy condoms and abortion pills for their employees, even if it is against that employer's religious convictions.

Or from a nation where poor children are forced to attend public schools where teaching traditional, religious values that they desperately need is prohibited.

Or where the people of California voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman, only to have this referendum overturned by a federal court.

Can President Obama stand with credibility before any Muslim nation and claim that he represents religious freedom?

How about economic freedom? Economic freedom -- which measures a nation's respect for private property and limits arbitrary government power to interfere with economic transactions -- is critical because it correlates perfectly with prosperity. Nations with more economic freedom are uniformly more prosperous.

The latest Economic Freedom of the World report, published annually by more than 70 think tanks from around the world, shows that in 2010, the U.S. dropped to number 18 in world ranking. This, after years of the U.S. being one of the most economically free nations in the world.

So why should Muslim nations take seriously an increasingly weak America that does not practice what it preaches?

They don't and won't.

If we want Muslims to respect us and respect freedom's cores values -- protection of life and property -- America should once again represent those values.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: destroyingusa; evilobamaregime; liarinchief; worstleaderinworld
I don't give a damn whether or not Muslims respect freedom's core values! They'll always hate us. Get our military back to the USA and defend our own nation!

If they pull anymore hate movements against this nation send them a message they don't have to open. Close our embassies, kick out their ambassadors and stop giving them money borrowed from China!

You, Obama, are completely blind to the facts as you honor Islam over and above our Constitutional rights, to encourage immigration into your vision of the American Muslim nation you brag about in your middle east speeches. Your agenda is to prove this is NOT a Christian nation as you have so publicly proclaimed and shouted from the highest Middle East parapet. Only a blind cleric could not see what your true traitorous presidential mission is to accomplish.

1 posted on 10/03/2012 6:50:49 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
That same hypocrisy was shown by Hillary Clinton recently:

Hillary: ‘Loosen Regulation’ Because ‘Too Many People Still Can’t Find Jobs’-In Tunisia, Egypt,

They need to cast off the economic chains of government. We need to put some more on.

2 posted on 10/03/2012 7:10:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: IbJensen

Obama knew exactly who/what to go after following the Benghazi debacle.
His gut reaction told him what must be done and what must suffer for hurting the feelings of the perpetually outraged Muslims that he has vowed to stand behind...

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution must go...

3 posted on 10/03/2012 7:23:17 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: IbJensen
You Can't Promote Freedom Abroad as it Disappears at Home

Of course you can! The hypocritical dims have no problem doing this. They've always had "Do as I say, not as I do" attitudes.

4 posted on 10/03/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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