Since many American’s pay little or no attention to foreign and international security affairs they will base their judgment of last night’s Romney/Obama theatricals on what they heard from the two candidates. On that basis they would be justified in concluding that there’s as much difference between them as there is copper in the relatively worthless copper-nickel sandwiches that make up most of our coinage. (That’s not a dime’s worth of difference, by the way.)
Someone who follows foreign and international security matters as closely as Mideast expert Daniel Pipes listened to the debate with more sensitive ears. Between the lines of what is said he hears what isn’t being said. Judging by his debate review, what he heard was the slippery sound of Barack Obama being let off the hook.
The key moment came in the discussion of Libya. Mitt Romney actually saw wonderful progress in Libya, and credited Obama for his (questionable?) role in the Obama bin Laden take-down. Pipes rightly marvels at the fact that Romney did so “without noting that this did limited good, for al-Qaeda still had the ability to attack and kill Americans in Benghazi.” With what eyes does Romney see wonderful progress in a situation that results in a successfully fatal assault on the sovereignty of the United States?
Only if your goal is to cut America down to size would you see that as progress. Given the prostrate posture Obama has assumed on our behalf, many Americans are firmly convinced that he represents globalist forces, hostile to America’s preeminent strength, who embrace that goal. In their minds Obama has the dubious distinction of being the first anti-American to occupy the White House. The fragrance of treachery that comes off his actions and policies is part of what makes him such an effective bogeyman for use in the thus far successful strategy deployed by the GOP wing of the elitist faction: terrorizing disgruntled conservatives into playing another hand in the elitist faction’s rigged Two Party game.
For voters who see Obama in this way (and feel driven to flee to Romney as a result) a question hangs in the air after last night’s so-called debate: Where’s the Obama bogeyman? Apparently Mitt Romney doesn’t see him. As Pipes points out:
“Obama presented himself in this and the other debates as profoundly different from the president he has been. Someone not versed in his ideology and his record would not realize his distaste for a powerful United States. He sounded like a nationalist, making punchy patriotic statements…”
Faced with Obama’s fictional portrayal of himself, Romney studiously avoided saying much that would disparage that portrayal. Even when it meant praising Obama for a situation in Libya that resulted in the murder of American diplomats, and heightened danger for everyone in the world who relies on the shield of America’s sovereign power, Romney let Obama off the hook.
We’re supposed to believe this was part of some statesmanlike campaign strategy. After the locust-eaten years of Obama’s usurpation, however, I would think we’ve had enough of people who see wonderful statesmanship in results that leave America’s decent pride face down in the dirt, pressed hard by Islamic terrorists. Only people who have nothing but contempt for the intelligence, courage and self-respect of the American people would expect us to accept such a transparently cynical, “politics as usual”, excuse for failing to call Obama to account for the years of estrangement from America’s exceptional destiny we have had to endure.
I get the same sense from this performance that I get when Romney talks about his supposed conversion to the pro-life cause. Despite his occasional pronouncements, I sense no fire in him except burning ambition. Where, I wonder, is the fire of God-acknowledging truth in which America was born, and from which her exceptional destiny derives?
This brings to my mind what the disciples said when they realized they had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32). “Did not our heart burn within us?” they exclaimed to one another. Confronted with Obama’s deep betrayal of America’s meaning for human justice and self-government; his deep rejection of America’s God honoring principles for human liberty, does not your American heart burn within you? If you had a chance to confront Obama for that betrayal, would you praise him instead for his falsely claimed achievements? Would you let Americans who are unaware of or unmoved by that betrayal rest comfortably in their ignorance and indifference?
Mitt Romney’s missed opportunities in these debates seem to confirm the suspicion that he represents those who have abandoned the notion that America’s elections are about choosing representatives for a people whose hearts are ruled by God, rather than accepting rulers chosen by others who mean to make themselves (and the government they mean to control) into a substitute for God. Romney performed in a way that surely pleased his globalist minded, elitist fellow travelers. So what if that let Obama shine with a falsely patriotic luster? Behind their party labels, Obama and Romney are true brethren. They both serving an elitist managerial agenda that no longer features the special vocation of self-government America’s founders (including the Republican Party’s founder-President, Abraham Lincoln) envisaged as the nation’s Providential purpose.
There was a time when we were a free people who elected a President to help manage our affairs in the world. Now the elitist impresarios of our sham elections select from amongst themselves the candidates who are to manage us, as a subjugated people, whom they will lead to submit to whatever best serves the globalist ambitions of their elitist faction rulers.
By listening to the elitist faction propagandists who tell us we have no choice but Romney or Obama, we are letting them get away with this manipulation. So they have reason to congratulate themselves on the progress we have made toward our permanent self-abasement.
On November 6th we could still say no to them, and vote instead in a way that renews our determination to live up to our heritage of liberty. But that would require saying NO to both the elitist faction ruler/managers proposed for us, and YES to the principles that remind us of the God-fearing, self-governing people we are supposed to be.
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