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R. Emmett Tyrrell
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
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America, Love It Or Leave It


WASHINGTON — When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he did not think that "the president loves America," was he right? Of course he was. The record is strewn with President Barack Obama's statements of contempt for America. In a quieter setting, I think Professor Obama would agree. He would then go on to brag about his love for higher things: for humankind, for the world community, for the planet, the green planet.

Recall in 2009 when Obama told a European audience, "There have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive toward" Europe. I cannot remember exactly when "America" or even an American president expressed these sentiments, but I guess Obama and his speechwriters can. He has also expressed his contempt for the American system of commerce. In a speech abundant with contempt for capitalism he said — and I shall only pick out one passage — "if you've got a business, you didn't build that."

For that matter he even expresses his contempt for American history, though he fantasizes it. America was born of an anti-colonial war that began in 1775, yet at the National Prayer Breakfast a couple of weeks ago, he entangled this country in the crusades going back to the 12th century and in the Spanish Inquisition beginning in 1476, though I can find no evidence that any of the Founding Fathers spoke Spanish and only one was Roman Catholic. So, it goes without saying that he does not love America, and poor Rudy is not the only one to say it. Rush Limbaugh made the same point at some length recently, and for that matter so did I while addressing 350 people at The American Spectator's annual dinner on Feb. 11. No one was shocked.

The deeper question is: Why is he saying these anti-American things? He is now the president of the United States. He is no longer a community organizer or even a junior Illinois legislator. I know he was not the most experienced person to rise to the presidency, but could he not find a speechwriter or a young researcher to go back and discover what a president is to say to the world? Or, better yet, what a president is not to say? Did President Obama want to come across as a hopeless oaf? I mean, remember his line about the Crusades.

Think about linking America to the Spanish Inquisition.

I think I can explain why our president says such astounding things or at least delivers speeches that express such astounding notions. All his speechwriters believe the same things he believes. So do his policy wonks. For that matter, so do many members of his party. By a wide margin, 46 to 11, the Pew polling organization last year found that conservatives judged America the best country as opposed to liberals' rather low estimate. Moreover, Obama's gurus — the communist Frank Marshall Davis, the radical Saul Alinsky, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — tutored him in anti-Americanism either in person, through their writing or through their venomous sermons. The historian Paul Kengor has written sedulously about Davis' impact on the young Obama. In Obama's memoir, Davis is mentioned only as "Frank," though Kengor point out '"Frank' is mentioned 22 times by name, and far more times via pronouns and other forms of reference." All references to "Frank" have been expurgated from the 2005 audio version of his memoir.

Who should find this extraordinary or controversial? The left, from which Obama springs, is pained by patriotism. Time and again its members take issue with it. The whole notion of American exceptionalism is worrisome for the left.

Years ago, the reformer Michael Harrington wrote "The Other America," arguing that there were two Americas. One was living in comfort and even relative affluence. The other was living in poverty. It seems to me we can say the same thing regarding Obama's view of America. We have two Americas. One has a comfortable view of the nation. The other has a very impoverished view of America. For Harrington's "Other America" we provide welfare, work programs and other schemes to allow them a better life. For the minority who share Obama's limited view of American greatness, I have no idea of what we can do. It would probably be considered harsh to intone, "America, Love It or Leave It." Yet what else can be done for such stubborn clods?

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and the author most recently of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... There is a simple question that needs to be asked of every right wing journalist, and every preacher of stupidity the fills your minds with pap. And it is this: Have you ever resolved a conflict with anyone short of violence without seeing their side of the issue.

The president has to see their side of these issues because he does not want to lose every friend America has in the Islamic for the sake of pleasing a bunch of twit brain republicans who do not get that America is not the center of the universe. There are too many of them to kill. We may want to kill them all but the enormity of that crime would make obvious our guilt in all previous crimes and prove and pattern of obstinate criminality. Those people have not seen what the west has done. We do not realize that the West held it ground against Islam by practicing the most outrageous acts of terror against all who fell into our grasp.

Many of the hard core republican protestants forget the terrors unleashed against them by Catholicism that they returned measure for measure. The Muslims have only had a taste of the horrors we are capable of for the absolute worst of it we have reserved for each other. They have seen that we are capable of nuclear warfare, and have proved it on civilian populations. They have seen our genocide practiced and practiced still against our native Americans. Please try, for an instant, to see what they see when they look at us. We sell or give them television and then beam them every sort of evidence of our infidelity to our God and to each other. They can see how we stand up every material good like a fetish between ourselves and our God to worship instead of him- including our love for their oil and our love for our military might. Every good Christian knows the Muslim has nothing to fear from the God of love and peace; but where are these Good Christians?

There is nothing but privileged war mongers in the churches of the right. These people want death, seek death, and worship death and call death Jesus. They have no courage to stand up for their own rights and the religion of Jesus, and want to go and destroy the religion of Islam and take the oil we so much crave. This is what demoralization does to a population. These so called Christians who are the back bone of the republican party are ignorant of their own history, ignorant of their rights, and immoral and unchristian in their conduct, and you are some kind of dirt to encourage their behavior.

I do not hate these people; but I know they are no use for the cause of Christ or the cause of social justice. They are useless and they are very useless, but they are still dangerous to us and to the world. They are not just idiots, but well armed idiots who have a lot of connections in the military. So yes; very dangerous. And they are used to their privilege and they have used their privilege to bring us into conflict with Islam, and they think it is their right to do so. If they want to go fight those people maybe they should; but they want us to fight Islam while they call those people with an older culture than our own: Savages. What do they know?

Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:15 PM
If they read the above post they know you are a rambling idiot.

You are the one who cannot look past your hate for Americans. You can never see a more conservative approach to an issue. You want the revolution and all the death and destruction it entails.

"By a wide margin, 46 to 11, the Pew polling organization last year found that conservatives judged America the best country as opposed to liberals' rather low estimate." Tyrell already has your old communist butt figured into the equation.

If America is not the best country in an admittedly imperfect world, which country is?

And when will you be moving there?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:16 AM
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