Obama has never left the campaign trail, focusing on his priorities, while avoiding our drastic unemployment situation, worsening our already unstable economy, leaving our borders unprotected, and weakening our position in the eyes of our enemies. With such an ego, how could he be encouraging, or gracious or humble, and any pathetic attempt to do so is as transparent as glass.
America desperately longs for another Ronald Reagan, who had nothing but love for our country, believed in her exceptionalism, and every speech or appearance was filled with it, standing up for freedom, for all people everywhere. One couldn't help but feel his positive outlook, even in the direst of circumstances. Somewhere out there is a leader, unafraid to stand up to this 'regime', and fill up our hearts again.
The Heritage Foundation write a moving piece about freedom, and does a fantastic job at comparing the positive to the negative (guess who?), with links to some excellent Reagan speeches. Heritage also announces their not-to-be-missed "Project America Month":
Defending Freedom Is a Choice
The Heritage Foundation, May 4, 2010
In April 2009 in Strasbourg, France, President Barack Obama was asked at a press conference if he "subscribe[d], as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy?" President Obama then responded: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."
In other words, the President does not see anything unique about America's role in history or the world. Some of our past Presidents have seen it differently, including President Ronald Reagan who once explained to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev:
When World War II ended, the United States had the only undamaged industrial power in the world. Our military might was at its peak, and we alone had the ultimate weapon, the nuclear weapon, with the unquestioned ability to deliver it anywhere in the world. If we had sought world domination then, who could have opposed us? But the United States followed a different course, one unique in all the history of mankind. We used our power and wealth to rebuild the war-ravished economies of the world, including those of the nations who had been our enemies.
So strongly did Reagan believe in American exceptionalism that he often described our country as "this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man." But President Obama disagrees. He sees the United States as just another declining power like Britain or Greece. These were telling examples for President Obama to choose since both countries are facing crushing government debt crises due to profligate welfare state spending. And President Obama's budget puts us on the exact same path. It would: 1) borrow 42 cents for each dollar spent in 2010; 2) leave permanent annual deficits that top $1 trillion as late as 2020; and 3) dump an additional $74,000 per household of debt into the laps of our children and grandchildren.
All of President Obama's aggressive welfare state spending leaves little left over for national defense. Heritage Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies Kim Holmes, Ph.D., writes:
We are headed down a European path. ... According to the President’s budget, defense spending over the next few years will continue to fall relative to the economy, from 4.9 percent to 3.6 percent of GDP by 2015. Indeed, defense was the target of roughly half of the Administration's $17 billion in spending cuts in 2010. Some 50 defense programs were truncated or eliminated, compromising not only our future air and naval superiority, but also our defense against ballistic missiles.
Are Americans really ready to abandon President Reagan's "peace through strength" doctrine and replace it with President Obama's strength through apology tour? We think not. That is why starting today The Heritage Foundation is promoting Protect America Month, starting with a speech this morning at 10 a.m. by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). You can watch the event live, here.
And then for the next four weeks, join The Heritage Foundation as we examine defense spending and foreign policy in our nation, by releasing special publications and hosting events that showcase why we must commit to protecting America in an increasingly dangerous world. Events and products will include speeches by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, as well as special commentaries from Members of Congress and Heritage scholars regarding the need for a strong national defense.
Dr. Holmes concludes: "Freedom and prosperity at home and abroad depend on America’s continued projection of power around the world. But that will depend on our commitment to national defense, which is the first obligation of the federal government listed in the U.S. Constitution. We have been here before. We have seen darker days ... We may well be at that moment again. After Jimmy Carter, we elected Ronald Reagan. He restored not only our belief in America, but our commitment to defense. Conservative principles and traditional American values prevailed then. They can prevail again."