Well, it's a damned good thing our President got out there yesterday and reminded the world just how much we suck. I mean, seriously, it's been a couple of days since he's done that. If it weren't for him, some country somewhere might have begun to believe that maybe the United States and its people were...good. But no. We suck. And even though you shouldn't be waiting for the US to fix the world's problems, we completely understand how we've caused those problems and why you want to kill us.
THIS, folks - not Barack Obama's eloquence, brave leadership, or compassion - but THIS drivel, is why people like Mo..Moa...Moma...Mo...Mua... Oh hell, Qaddafi..right? Or is it Kadaffi? Khaddafi? el-Qaddafi? Gaddafi? Screw it, let's call him C.Mo. as in Colonel Mo. So anyway, THIS drivel is why people like C.Mo. say Obama should be President for life. See, Obama is up there saying the same thing C.Mo. is: that America is inherently evil and is filled with bad, greedy people who would like to rule the world.
Let's forget the fact that it was our intervention that stopped the spread of Nazism sixty years ago. That's ancient history, right? Let's forget that it was Reagan's policies and resolve that gave nations of the Soviet bloc the determination to be free and eventually brought down the Soviet empire. Still, that was a long time ago. Let's forget that many of the scientific and medical breakthroughs that have occurred in modern times have come from us. Let's ignore all the humanitarian aid we give to foreign countries. Let's ingore all that, because we are evil.
We're also imperialistic. Despite the fact that Imperialism denotes expanding an empire through the occupying of or acquisition of land, we are imperialistic. It doesn't matter that in all the overseas wars we've fought, the only land we've ever asked for is enough to bury our dead soldiers. We're imperialistic.
Oh, how great it would be to have a leader who would go out in public and say something nice about us. Ahh, to dream....
Instead, he's out there assuring everyone that he envisions a world with no nuclear weapons. Well, maybe everybody can have their own personal leprechaun, too, Mr. Obama! This point of view does not make me a war mongerer - it makes me realistic. Let's look at the statement - a world without nuclear weapons. Okay, so we destroy all the nukes out there - at least all the ones we know of. What next? We go on about our merry way and live happily ever after? See, the trouble is, that this plan requires a belief that all people are inherently good.
Notice, I did not say it requires a belief in the inherent goodness of people. I used a very specific word: ALL. I, personally, DO believe in the inherent goodness of people, but I am in no way under the illusion that that means ALL people are inherently good. There are madmen out there - angry, jealous, egotistical sociopaths who will never follow our rules, who will never succumb to the wishes - or demands - of others, who would stop at nothing to kill us. Are we supposed to believe, as our President seems to, that by being nice to these people..by repenting and changing our terrible ways..that they're going to want to shake hands and let bygones be bygones? Hmmm. Considering Muslim extremists have been attacking non-Muslims since before the United States even existed, I'm going to say that's probably not going to happen.
And, in the meantime, while we're looking at completely disarming, let's make sure we alienate all our closest allies so that when we have to defend ourselves, when we are struggling in a time of need, they all turn to us and give us the big, collective middle finger.
I feel this country is on a terrible path. There is nothing wrong with diplomacy. But the more we propogate the belief that we are bad people, the more encouraged and empowered our enemies become. As I write this, despite all the pandering that's been done to some of the worst regimes in the world, arrests are being made of people involved in a plot to bomb facilities in the United States. How's that nicey-nice working for you now? Of course, it won't be long before the internet is filled with people who say that the people arrested were too stupid to be Al-Qaeda operatives and were obviously patsies for the U.S. Government which is still somehow being secretly led by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that those people are six cents short of a dollar.
This madness needs to stop. We need to be PROUD to be Americans as Mr. Greenwood's song so rightly declares. We need to get rid of this guilt that's so typical of liberals, and stand up for ourselves. We don't have to strongarm the world...but we can't be sorry for our power or success.
We are not perfect. We have had our high points and our low points. But there is one thing I know for sure - we are the greatest force of good this world has ever seen. We will defend ourselves to our dying day because we are PROUD to be Americans and nobody will ever make me feel otherwise.
No matter what his teleprompter makes him say to convince me.
J.E. Braun is the author of Paranoia, a 9/11 survivor's tale. Jim survived 9/11 but his life did not. Follow one man's journey through post-traumatic stress as he attempts to rediscover what once made life worth living. 10% of profits from sales of Paranoia will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (www.ttof.org). Visit www.jebraun.com for more details.