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Explaining to the Obamas Why They Should Be Proud of Their Country
Townhall ^ | February 22, 2008 | John Hawkins

Posted on 02/22/2008 4:45:07 AM PST by radar101

For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback." — Michelle Obama

Is that a surprising sentiment to hear from a woman who wants to be first lady? You might think so, until you realize that she is married to a man who doesn't hold his hand over his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance and makes a big deal out of not wearing a flag pin. Those two would make a great first couple -- of Cuba or maybe Venezuela. Granted they might be a little to the Left of the people in charge now, but if anybody needs empty feel-good speeches featuring lots of Sesame Street rhetoric about "change, "hope," and "unity," it's the citizens of Cuba and Venezuela.

But, since the Obamas’ patriotism is as thin as Barack's resume, maybe someone should take the time to explain to them why they should appreciate this country.

To begin with, we live in a Super Power with the greatest military and economy the world has ever seen. We're also the longest surviving democracy in the world and our example has inspired hundreds of millions of people across the world to seek freedom for themselves and their families -- and often we have helped them. We've done more to promote freedom and democracy in the world than any other dozen countries combined -- and we still do. We've expended immense amounts of blood and treasure to help keep 50 million Afghans and Iraqis free, our military ensures that there's peace in nations like Taiwan and South Korea, and if not for our support, Israel would probably long since have been annihilated by its genocidal neighbors. Then there's South Korea, El Salvador, Grenada -- you can go on and on with a list of nations whose freedom, in some form or fashion, that we've had a hand in.

We've also fought time and time again in the 20th century when the forces of darkness threatened to engulf the world. Our entry into WWI utterly changed the course of the war. In WWII, without our help, the Allies could not have defeated the Axis. Then there was the Cold War, where we prevented the Soviets from spreading their evil ideology across the planet.

Afterwards, it was just as Colin Powell said:

And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? Did we say, "Okay, we defeated Germany. Now Germany belongs to us? We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us?” No. What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. And did we ask for any land? No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. And that is the kind of nation we are.

It is indeed the kind of nation we are because the American people, while not perfect, are fundamentally good, hard working, ambitious Christian folk who want to do the right thing, not just for our country, but for the world.

That’s why we are, have been, and will continue to be the nation that does the most to promote freedom, capitalism, and democracy around the world. It's why Americans give more than the citizens of any other country. It's why we're usually the first nation on the spot helping out after a major disaster in another country. It's why food grown by Americans feeds starving people all over the planet. It's why drugs, created and delivered by Americans, cure the sick across the world. It's why people all over the planet have been able to, with the help of Americans, raise themselves up out of grinding poverty and make better lives for their families.

The Barack Obamas of the world don't see this because as Machiavelli once said, they have "imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality," and they compare our nation to those fairy tale kingdoms. It's very easy to look at how we defeated the Indians and took their land, slavery, and the other assorted grievances that Barack's pals on the Left have with America and conclude that we're a terrible nation -- but, not if you compare us to other flesh and blood countries. When you do that, especially when we're talking about other Super Powers through history that have had responsibilities across the world, as opposed to Toy Poodle nations that make little difference in the world one way or another, you'll find that no other country has done nearly as much for humanity as the good ol’ U.S. of A.

And despite the howls of the anti-American Left, the "Muslim street," Socialist apparatchiks, and Western European snobs, the world knows this in their souls. That's why we're called the "land of opportunity." It's why we have tens of millions of immigrants waiting in line to move here. It's why the same nations that sneer at us when things are going well, run to us first for help when things turn bad.

America is a good country and Americans are a decent, patriotic people that deserve a leader who is as proud to be a part of this nation as they are. What they don't deserve is an unpatriotic empty suit who actually thinks that it takes a certain "audacity" to have hope in a great nation like this one.

John Hawkins is a professional blogger who runs Conservative Grapevine and Right Wing News.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 02/22/2008 4:45:09 AM PST by radar101
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To: radar101
I hope this hasn't already been posted to a billion FR threads...I saw this for the first time not 5 minutes ago, and I thought it very moving, so I was looking for a thread on which to post it:

2 posted on 02/22/2008 4:50:45 AM PST by Verloona Ti (It's the third box that really *got* me...My eyes are stinging.)
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To: Verloona Ti

Perfect cartoon for this ungrateful AA Obama!

3 posted on 02/22/2008 5:02:14 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: radar101

“Clapping” Bravo Mr. Hawkins!

Thanks for posting.

Stupid Obama woman.

4 posted on 02/22/2008 5:03:07 AM PST by CaliGirl-R (I miss my Hunter "pings")
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To: Verloona Ti

First time for me seeing it. It’s a perfect cartoon.

Thanks for posting it.

Stupid Obama woman stepped in it. I want to see those two taken down. As much as I loathe Hillary, Barack scares me like no other.

5 posted on 02/22/2008 5:09:14 AM PST by CaliGirl-R (I miss my Hunter "pings")
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To: radar101
For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback." — Michelle Obama

Michelle DID NOT say this as quoted above - - - - -she said "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback." — Michelle Obama

She DID NOT say the word REALLY!


I believe MSM is "trying" to help her out of this screw-up. As MSM is quoting her it sounds like she has been proud before -- but -- now she is REALLY PROUD. Actually the way whe said it was "I have NEVER been proud of my country . . . . . .

In this case (TownHall - shame on their fact checkers)

6 posted on 02/22/2008 5:11:06 AM PST by Freeper (Thanx.)
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To: radar101

Jay Leno has a few reasons....................

Very interesting perspective by Jay Leno...

I hope you will all read to the end. Jay Leno puts it into perspective and makes us think about the pathetic negativity. That’s right, Jay Leno!!
Jay Leno wrote this; it’s the Jay Leno we don’t often see....
“The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true, given the source, right?
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed, and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence, 2/3’s of the citizenry just isn’t happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘’What are we so unhappy about?’’
Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?
Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time, and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
Maybe it is the ability t o drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?
Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?
I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough.
Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all, and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.
Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler or intruders , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.
This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?
Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the President who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The President who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same President who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The President that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?
The Commander-In Chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?
Think about it...are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the “Media” told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn’t have to go.
They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ‘’general’’ discharge, an ‘’other than honorable’’ discharge or, worst case scenario, a ‘’dishonorable’’ discharge after a few days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds, it leads; and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to def end their actions by “justifying” them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about “how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way”...Insane!
Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.
We are among the most blessed people on Earth, and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
Jay Leno

7 posted on 02/22/2008 5:19:09 AM PST by IrishMike (I am not a Republican first. I am a conservative.)
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To: Freeper
Go here. She did say "really".
8 posted on 02/22/2008 5:23:44 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Freeper
Or, go here. She says it twice. Once in each speech.

The bottom line is Michelle Obama has said twice she's only proud of her country because he husband is well on his way to be president.

9 posted on 02/22/2008 5:26:20 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: iopscusa

McCain would be smart to raise the Pledge, flag and pride issue. Raises all sorts of character issues.

When libs scream don’t question my patriotism, he can just say as soon as you stop behaving unpatriotic.

10 posted on 02/22/2008 5:46:11 AM PST by y6162 (a)
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To: y6162

No nation in history has been as generous to others are we have been. The woman is a fool.

11 posted on 02/22/2008 6:03:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: radar101


12 posted on 02/22/2008 6:14:25 AM PST by Christian4Bush (41-David, End Of Watch. Rest in Peace, SWAT Officer Randall Simmons.)
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To: radar101

Michelle Obama is filled with rage because she got ahead by using racial quotas. She will make the “white world” pay for the inferiority she feels every single day.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 6:31:53 AM PST by montag813
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To: IrishMike

I really don’t think Jay Leno said those things. That quote has been attributed to him before similar to fake one that has been attributed to George Carlin. Check with

14 posted on 02/22/2008 6:39:50 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Verloona Ti

Great cartoon!

15 posted on 02/22/2008 6:49:39 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Verloona Ti; radar101

Tune: "Michelle"

Michelle, dumbbell
You say words that call our country hell
Mad Michelle

Michelle, dumbbell
Now we know you're just traitorous scum
Traitorous scum

"I wasn't too proud of my country"
That's what you had to say
Why don't you go away
You can stay in lovely lands like France or Afghanistan

Michelle, dumbbell
Now we know you're just traitorous scum
Traitorous scum

I need to proceed to secede you
I need to make you leave
This place that makes you grieve
Until I do I'm hoping you will please shut your trap

I mean you . . .

I want ya to move to Botswana
Or maybe Mozambique
I'm sure it's very chic
And run don't walk, go get Barack and take him along

Michelle, dumbbell
Now we know you're just traitorous scum
Traitorous scum

And you can stay in lovely lands like France or Afghanistan
Mad Michelle

16 posted on 02/22/2008 8:44:01 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (The wag tailoring the doggerel)
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To: driftless2

You’re correct. It was only the quote at the end that was Jay Leno... but it’s a great essay none-the-less. :) People wonder why we’re hated as a nation? This sums it up perfectly for me!

17 posted on 02/22/2008 11:01:55 AM PST by Proud 2_B American 123
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To: IrishMike

All this garbage about “America’s sour outlook” is a liberal hit job. It is a creation of their pathetic ways. Let’s not forget the foundation of modern American liberalism and the precepts of its practice of psychology and related indoctrination of uselessness, victimization, marginalization, along with every other depressant in their toolbox.

Liberal dogma of the 60’s is coming full circle today and no one will benefit from it, not even the liberals. Americans ARE paying the price for the relentless application of liberal misery.

Americans have many, many reasons to be proud. These are not the times to curl up in the corner of despair because a liberal said to do so.

18 posted on 02/22/2008 12:04:52 PM PST by Gene Eric
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