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The Absence of America
Steyn Online ^ | July 26, 2014 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 07/27/2014 8:35:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Dinesh D'Souza has a new movie out called America: Imagine A World Without Her - but we don't really have to "imagine", it's happening before our eyes. Nothing difficult and complicated about it: in this decline and fall, the Emperor simply went fundraising.

At any rate, Jamie Weinstein sat in for Hugh Hewitt this week, and took me on a brisk trot round current topics:

MARK STEYN: Well, what's going on in the world is of very little interest to President Fundraiser. He's got other priorities, and the rest of the planet, as I believe it's marked on the State Department maps, can go take a hike... There's a vacuum of American power. And John Kerry is the physical presence of American absence. Nobody wants to see him. Nobody wants to do the handshake. Nobody wants to pose for photographs.

And then there's Ukraine:

JAMIE WEINSTEIN: It looks like Putin far from being cowed after this tragedy of the taking down of the Malaysian Airliner... he is now giving more weaponry to these Russian-backed separatists, and maybe actually shelling some of the Ukrainian military from Russia. Does that surprise you that he's not backing down?

MS: No... What happened since the downing of the jet is intentional. Putin looked at Obama on TV... He is supposed to be the 'leader of the free world'. And he rejects that role. He doesn't believe in the concept of the free world, and he doesn't believe in America as leader of it. And that was what he was communicating. Putin got the message, even if the boobs at The New York Times didn't, and Putin has acted accordingly.

On the other hand, Obama is "pivoting" to the economy - by proposing to make America's corporate tax regime even more uncompetitive....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billclinton; hillary; kerry; marksteyn; obama

1 posted on 07/27/2014 8:35:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

2nd. Amendment solution.


2 posted on 07/27/2014 8:40:17 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Putin looked at Obama on TV... He is supposed to be the 'leader of the free world'. And he rejects that role. He doesn't believe in the concept of the free world, and he doesn't believe in America as leader of it.

Both Obama and Putin hate America, hate freedom and think America should be destroyed.

Besides the gay thing, they are both on the same page.

3 posted on 07/27/2014 8:43:24 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good read. Steyn just about covered it.


4 posted on 07/27/2014 8:46:21 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: FreeReign

Okay, but Mr. Putin is the leader of another country that’s been in opposition to the United States since 1917. Mr. Obama is the putative head of our government. I would expect him to be on “our” side whereas I wouldn’t be surprised that the leader of Russia is not allied with our ideals and goals. See the difference?


5 posted on 07/27/2014 8:47:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm pro-choice, and I vote with my feet, which is what Pfizer and other people are doing...what's really sad is that American companies have like a trillion dollars sitting overseas that could be brought back here with some adjustments to our tax laws - that plus some fracking and the Keystone Pipeline, and this economy could be humming as it hasn't for years - and by the way, tax revenues to the government would be wiping out the national debt like all the tax increases 'rats want impose never will.....
6 posted on 07/27/2014 8:55:40 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Obama is the putative head of our government. would expect him to be on “our” side whereas I wouldn’t be surprised that the leader of Russia is not allied with our ideals and goals. See the difference?

Yes of course. I never claimed otherwise.

7 posted on 07/27/2014 8:56:01 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, we’ve had our own contingent right here damning the U. S. for not withdrawing it’s head under it’s shell. We’re going to see how that plays out. It isn’t going to be the peace and bliss those folks swore it would be.

The world is going to hell in a hand-basket, and we’ll start out from scratch with no allies that will trust us, after we’ve withdrawn and abandoned them all previously.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 9:37:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: JLS

Steyn ping


9 posted on 07/27/2014 10:02:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He doesn't believe in the concept of the free world, and he doesn't believe in America as leader of it.

He doesn't even believe in the concept of America, attempting to dissolve the southern border. Nations are just SO passé.

10 posted on 07/27/2014 11:09:01 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ing NonValueAdded.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 12:19:47 AM PDT by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ing NonValueAdded.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 12:19:55 AM PDT by JLS
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To: JLS

bump


13 posted on 07/28/2014 12:20:33 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: NonValueAdded

Steyn, as usual, nails it in a few sentences.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 5:28:26 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Putin’s got 0bama’s number and his number is numbah 10...


15 posted on 07/28/2014 6:13:32 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely love Mark, he always hits the nail right on the head.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 6:28:13 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT


17 posted on 07/28/2014 6:42:56 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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>> He is supposed to be the ‘leader of the free world’.

His leadership doesn’t concern ‘the free world.’


18 posted on 07/28/2014 6:46:13 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: jmacusa

What are you saying?


19 posted on 07/28/2014 8:57:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal elites want Mexicans to be a servant class that supplies cheap drugs and easy women and kids)
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To: JLS; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends



DONATE!


20 posted on 07/28/2014 8:58:35 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: NonValueAdded
...the world is of very little interest to President Fundraiser... There's a vacuum of American power. And John Kerry is the physical presence of American absence. Nobody wants to see him. Nobody wants to do the handshake. Nobody wants to pose for photographs.

Steyn's calling it...

21 posted on 07/28/2014 8:59:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal elites want Mexicans as servant class that supplies cheap drugs and easy women and kids)
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