Finally, there is the current tendency to change the U.S. into a glasnost-style monument to its leader. Below i republish a partial list of institutions and places already named after President Obama:
California: President Barack Obama Parkway, Orlando; Obama Way, Seaside; Barack Obama Charter School, Compton; Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy, Los Angeles; Barack Obama Academy, Oakland.
Florida: Barack Obama Avenue, Opa-loka; Barack Obama Boulevard, West Park.
Maryland: Barack Obama Elementary School, Upper Marlboro.
Missouri: Barack Obama Elementary School, Pine Lawn.
Minnesota: Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary, Saint Paul.
New Jersey: Barack Obama Academy, Plainfield; Barack Obama Green Charter High School, Plainfield.
New York: Barack Obama Elementary School, Hempstead.
Pennsylvania: Obama High School, Pittsburgh.
Texas: Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas.
I do not intend to suggest that President Obama might be a Putin or a Ceausescu. The president is certainly his own man—well educated, well-spoken, charismatic and charming. He belongs to a minority, just as I belong to another minority. But he has apparently bought into the siren call of socialism and glasnost, as I myself and millions of others like me around the world also did at that age in life.
The United States won the Cold War because Ronald Reagan was elected president long after he had purged himself of his youthful infatuation with socialism. He was then able to identify Gorbachev’s glasnost as the political swindle it really was, and to subdue it. Let’s hope that President Obama will do the same.
In November 2014, we will face what I believe to be the most important elections in American history. On the surface, the voters will decide which of our two main political parties will control the U.S. Congress. In fact, the voter will decide between keeping our country the leader of the free world, or transforming it into a glasnost irrelevance.
PJ Media is joining forces with WND (the publisher of Disinformation) to help its readers get the knowledge to call a spade a spade—it is socialism and glasnost we should defeat.
[i] Glasnost, Britannica Concise, as published on http://concise.britanica.com/ebc/article-9365668/glasnost.
[iii] Tolkovyy SlovarRusskogo Yazyka (Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language), ed. D.N. Ushakov (Moscow: “Soviet Encyclopedia” State Institute, 1935), Vol. I, p. 570.
[v] James Joyner, “Obama Che Guevara Flag Scandal,” Outside the Beltway, February 12, 2008, as posted at www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2008/02/obama_che_guevara_flag_scandal/.
[vi] David S. Broder, “Obama’s Enigma,” The Washington Post, July 13, 2008, p. B7.
[vii] John Barron, KGB: The Secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents (New York: Reader’s Digest Books, 1974, reprinted by Bantam Books), p. 429.
[viii] Zhores Medvedev, Gorbachev. New York: Norton, 1987, p. 37.
[ix] Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (New York: Harper & Row, 1987), passim.
[x] Peter Kinder, “Missourians Reject Obama
[xi] Jonathon M. Seidl, Obama Compares Himself Tom Reagan: Republicans Aren’t Accusing Him Of ‘Being Socialist’”, The Blaze, October 5, 2011.
[xii] Alexandra`Petri, Obama is up there with Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Johnson,” The Washington Post, December 12, 2011, PostOpinions.
[xiiii] David Nakamura, “Obama invokes Teddy Roosevelt in speech attacking GOP policies, The Washington Post, December 6, 2011.
[xiv] “How Many Speeches Did Obama Give,” newswine.com, July 16, 2010, as posted on http://joysteele.newswine.com/_news/2010/07/16/4691800-how-many-speeches-did-obama-give.
[xv] Thomas Lifson, “Obama’s troop withdrawal speech: when politics triumphs victory,” American Thinker, June 23, 2011.
[xvi] “Right-Wing Media Fixated On Obama’s “Shamless” Bin Laden Speech,” MEDIAMATTERS, May 3, 2011(http://mediamatters.org/research/201105030031).
[xvii] George Landrith, “The ‘it’s all about me’ president,” The Daily Caller, May 5, 2011, as posted on http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/03/the-its-all-about-me-president/
[xviii] http://wiki.answer.com/Q/How_many_speeches_did_Obama_give (as searched in January.)