Does it matter whether Obama loves America? He was elected to do a job, not wear his emotions on his sleeve. He is, after all, just a politician. Given what so many of his kind do after they are elected we have to question whether more than a handful care about anything but their bank accounts. In the end the real question isn’t how Obama feels about this country. The issue is how successful he is at turning his damaging beliefs into policy. So far he’s had a pretty good run. What does that mean for you? You can still love your country. What about our president?
Love your country or the cult of Obama?
An audience member’s declaration that “We love you, Obama!”1 at last week’s Democratic National Committee meeting summed up the problem that Rudy Giuliani tried unsuccessfully to articulate. Giuliani’s remark about the president not loving America will give liberals and conservatives something to angrily debate for a week or so while the real issues that prove how Obama regards this country, like immigration and Middle East policy, take a back seat to pointless editorials. The president wasn’t elected by voters who love America, anyway. He was put in office by people who want something, know our country is as good a place as any to get it, and embrace the cult of Obama as a means to an end.
State’s rights? No, Obama’s crusades.
How government works in America is pretty basic. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not our leaders love our country, though respect for the Constitution and our legal traditions doesn’t hurt. When we vote a president into office we expect that person to follow the law and not dedicate time to finding ways around it for the sake of personal crusades. As Obama would say, we want a president who “plays by the rules.” Our president doesn’t do that.
During last Friday’s Democratic governor’s meeting he praised state leaders from the left for adopting the White House party line:
And the men and women around this table are doing some great work on the issues that are of uppermost priority to this administration …2
That answers the question of what our states’ governors are good for, but begs the question of why they need to be involved in the president’s personal crusades. He has a record of coming down hard on states that disagree with his policies, so while agreement is the path of least resistance it isn’t necessary. As the Texas court decision on amnesty made abundantly clear, he is not protecting state taxpayers he claims to be looking out for with his middle-class economics policies (see: America Doesn’t Want More Cowards). His administration’s eventual overturning of the ruling will be just another tawdry example of putting his beliefs first.
Rumors continue to swirl about Eric Holder filing suit against the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. A lawsuit will breathe new life into a local incident that probably displeased the White House when it faded too quickly from the headlines despite the effort to turn it into a nationwide cause. A president that loves America doesn’t rub salt into wounds that should never have been politicized to begin with any more than he dumps the cost of self-indulgent policies like executive amnesty onto state taxpayers while taking credit for moving the nation forward. These are the kinds of policy strategies that spell out the difference between a crusading activist and a real leader.
Middle-class economics does not love America
The Obama giveaway agenda, middle-class economics, sets middle and working class sights solely on the one thing Obama can dangle for votes: money (see: 2016 Election Battle Conservative Candidates Can’t Win). The president isn’t stupid. He knows it’s easy to love your country and even easier to love your country’s money. As a politician and a liberal he also knows that the best way to spend money is to use other people’s, but he has taken the idea a step further by blaming America for a system that allows people to keep too much of what they earn.
There are good special interests and bad special interests in Obamaland. The bad ones don’t think we should raise their taxes and want to keep the extra cash the president doesn’t think they need:
We know middle-class economics means getting rid of special interest giveaways in our tax code for folks who don’t need them, so we can actually give tax breaks to middle-class families who do need them. (Applause.)3
Obama calls it spending to give people a fair shot, something he repeatedly denies exists in America. This is the big tip-off that there is no love lost between our president and our country. His insistence that only big government, lots of spending, orders that bypass Congress, and draconian control can fix our ills and injustices pits his presidency against everything America has always stood for.
There are plenty of Americans who perform very well working for people and companies they despise. It isn’t all that difficult if you do what the president recommends, work hard and play by the rules. In his job Obama doesn’t play by the rules, though. It may not be fair or accurate to say he doesn’t love America. Unless you are Barack Hussein Obama how would you know, other than by observing what he does? He certainly doesn’t seem to see anything in our country that isn’t broken or is worthy of preserving and protecting. The real casualty of his presidency is the utter disregard for the balance between government and the people it answers to. In time Obama’s job will be finished, but every day those who love this country will have to restore that balance by treating our work as citizens as if it is just beginning.