During a town hall meeting on Wednesday, President Obama said:
“Our country is strong because of generation after generation of immigrants who embraced the ideals of America, and then fought for those ideals, and fought in wars to defend our country, and built companies that employed people, and helped to build the railroads, and the highways, and all the things that we take for granted in this country. Those were built by immigrants. We’re all immigrants. That’s who we are. Unless you’re one of the first Americans — Native Americans, and so we have to recognize that.”
Obama’s sudden and intense fixation on ancient history is intriguing, isn’t it? With his recent reference to the Crusades—which occurred 800 or so years ago—and now his reference to our status as eternal immigrants, Obama seems to be intent on digging up the past to the benefit of his present.
When referencing the Crusades, the President was rebuking those mean and nasty Christians who might “get on our high horse,” and condemn all of Islam because of what radical Islamic extremists are doing. This was Obama’s best defense against those who were criticizing his abject refusal to use the term “radical Islam” when referring to ISIS–bringing up a defensive war waged by the Catholic Church against aggressive Islamists hundreds of years ago. Shame on us! How dare we judge all of Islam because of what ISIS and other radicals are doing! Oh wait–no one was doing that, because that would be idiotic.
Now, lest we judge those poor (law-breaking, but no big deal, right?) not-yet-Americans (also known as illegal aliens), Obama, with grace, and sage wisdom, has reminded us that we are all immigrants. Wait–we are? Our ancestors were, but we’re not. We were born here. That is, unless Obama was directly referencing those in the town hall audience who came over on the Mayflower. That’s gotta be it! They look good for their age, don’t they?
If we’re playing history games, Mr. President, how about we talk about more recent history? Like how in 2008, during the heat of election season, you told pastor Rick Warren that you were opposed to gay marriage:
“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian–for me–for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”
But then, you–what’s the buzzword used for Democrats, but not for anyone else? Oh yeah–evolved on the issue (so nuanced), and came out swinging in favor of same-sex unions. In May of 2012, once again during the heat of election season, you declared:
“At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
This is interesting, because according to Pew:
“…national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted April 4-15, 2012…finds that the public is divided over gay marriage: 47% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, while 43% are opposed. In 2008, 39% favored and 51% opposed gay marriage, based on an average of polls conducted that year.”
Your road to Damascus moment came at just the right time. Some might call it a daringly coincidental evolution. But that’s just recent history right? You’re more interested in stuff that’s at least hundreds of years old.
How about when you called former President George W. Bush’s addition of $4 trillion to the debt “unpatriotic?” During the 2008 presidential campaign, at an event in Fargo, North Dakota, you said:
“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents–number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”
But the national debt now stands at over $18.13 trillion. When you took office in 2009, the debt stood at just over $10.6 trillion. Eight is twice as big as four, so I guess that makes you twice the ‘unpatriot’ that Bush was, and twice as irresponsible. But that’s still way too recent history. It’s got to be buried for at least, like, several centuries before it’s dug up again.
Well, how about this: in January of 2008, when you wrote then-President Bush regarding your deep concerns over the Christian persecution in the Middle East?
“Mr. President, I wrote to Secretary Rice…out of concern for Iraq’s Christian, and other non-Muslim religious minorities, who appear to be targeted by Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish militants. The severe violations of religious freedoms faced by members of these indigenous communities, and their potential extinction from their ancient homeland is deeply alarming…these crises demand an urgent response from our government.”
You don’t seem so concerned now. As Jordan and Egypt begged for assistance during their recent strikes against ISIS militants, you did nothing. A man was immolated, and 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were decapitated, but I guess helping those poor minorities just isn’t your thang in 2015. A lot has changed in seven years; you’ve evolved so much on so many issues, so it’s not surprising that as time has passed, you’d show what some might call a callous disregard toward our allies in fighting ISIS.
Speaking recently with Greta Van Susteren, Oliver North slammed you, Mr. President:
“President El Sisi asked for American intelligence targeting intelligence before today’s strikes and didn’t get it. King Abdullah of Jordan asked for Intelligence data on targets to respond to the murder of a Jordanian aircraft pilot. The Kurds are begging for arms and ammo from the United States, not one bullet has been delivered by the United States.”
And The Daily Mail reports:
“[Congresswoman Kay] Granger urged the administration to give Iraqi Kurds tools and training to fight Islamic State and to make providing weapons to Jordan a priority, according to the letter, seen by Reuters on Friday.”
In a formal letter to you, Granger wrote:
“As Egypt, Jordan, and the Kurds retaliate and defend themselves against ISIL’s heinous acts, U.S. security assistance is being held or delayed by bureaucratic processes and ill-advised policy decisions by your administration. As a result, our most trusted and capable partners in the region are limited in their ability to fight ISIL.”
But once again, I’m dredging up recent history! It’s totally irrelevant that your chameleonic nature has prevented you from behaving in the ways a normal human being would behave. You can’t help that you have no moral compass, nor any modicum of compassion for others. It’s just your nature.
But you do know what’s best for us! Let’s not get on our high horse, and condemn Islam, and let’s remember who the real immigrants are, because that’s ancient history, which is much more relevant to 2015 than something as stupidly recent as 2008, or yesterday.