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Larry Purdy

Mr. Purdy is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a Vietnam veteran, and an attorney in Minneapolis
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Obama, Our Post Post-Racial President

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Larry Purdy

With his usual brilliance, Victor Davis Hanson has spoken the cold hard truth in his most recent article, “Obama’s Racial Crisis: Our post-racial president has set race relations back decades.”

It undeniably is the case that cries of “racism”– once a deadly serious charge — no longer register to the vast majority of our countrymen.  And for good reason.  One of the saddest examples was listening to the recent CNN interview where the ‘generally beloved’ and respected actor Morgan Freeman leveled an objectively false claim of “racism” against millions of decent ‘Tea Party’ Americans who simply object to the destructive political policies — as opposed to the skin color — of this president.  Like Mr. Freeman’s uncharitable words, the multitudinous cries of “racism” emanating from the left are now falling on more discerning (and by now quite properly deaf) ears.  Sadly, that is a dangerous thing because real racism is a terrible scourge whenever and wherever it raises its ugly head.  It is something all good men should fight against.  But to Obama and his ilk, “racism” and “racist” have become nothing more than empty (though once-explosive) perjoratives that are now being wildly and cynically employed to slander his political opponents.  For all his supposed brilliance, Obama apparently never learned the simple lesson from “Peter and the Wolf” (the latter probably being forbidden reading these days due to objections raised from the PETA crowd).

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‘American Exceptionalism’ Wasn’t Achieved, Nor Can it be Maintained, from the Fetal Position

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 - by Larry Purdy

If the scales don’t fall from our eyes over a recently expressed liberal view of Americans, there is little hope of  correcting our rapidly accelerating national decline.

“Is Obama so isolated he can’t see that Americans are curled up in a ball, beaten down by a financial crisis, an identity crisis, a political crisis and a leadership crisis?”  (Maureen Dowd, Aug. 20, 2011, emphasis added.)

Americans curled up in a ball?  Really?  Well, “yes,” according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.  Left unsaid, but plainly evident, is that she is channeling the collective “progressive” view held by those who surround the current president in this miserably incompetent administration.

But, consider this: if Ms. Dowd were accurate in her observation, does it not follow that hope may well be lost?  No person, no country, can survive when fighting a battle from the fetal position.  The only thing that happens in these situations is the “beaten down” get beaten to a pulp.  And then they succumb or die.

Are Americans, as Dowd also claims, being beaten down by a financial crisis?  In the eyes of a liberal like Dowd, perhaps.  But in my view, it seems to be more false hyperbole by Dowd and her fellow progressives including, one suspects, the thirty-some-odd percent who remain Obama supporters.  At the same time, Americans most certainly are battling a very tough economic crisis, one that was not caused by, but has been horrendously exacerbated by the Obama administration with its plethora of anti-capitalist, anti-business, anti-freedom, and decidedly unconstitutional policies. But beaten downWeathering is a more accurate description; maybe even “successfully fighting back” is closer to the mark (think the Tea Party and the historic election results in 2010).

As for Americans being beaten down by an identity crisis, give Dowd partial credit here.  Listening to the president openly diminish American exceptionalism and consistently denigrate America’s past, many Americans surely must wonder, “Who were/are these ‘Americans’ whom Mr. Obama feels an almost obsessive need to demean?”  The fact is, virtually no American today can—nor should—reasonably identify with the cruel and abusive few who terribly mistreated their fellow human beings in centuries past.  After all, what nation or race has not had its fair share of horrible tyrants?  Indeed, man’s inhumanity to man continues today across large swaths of the Middle East and Asia.  No place is immune to it.  Yet the truth remains that far more Americans today identify with the morality, strength and courage of our American ancestors who died by the hundreds of thousands during WWII to liberate millions suffering under inhuman totalitarian regimes of the type Mr. Obama seems blithely to ignore.  These same Americans, our fathers and our grandfathers, later returned home to fight successfully for equality and civil rights for all Americans irrespective of gender, race or national origin.  Like WWII, it is a fight we largely have won.  We should take great pride in it.  Why Obama doesn’t, remains among the deeper mysteries surrounding his administration.

Finally, Americans definitely have not been beaten down by a political and leadership crisis in Washington, D.C.  Thankfully, that particular crisis affects mainly those who reside inside the Beltway—and those, like Dowd, whose livelihood depends upon writing about their continued lunacy.  However, a cure is on the way.  Just watch what happens come Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  With a smidgeon of luck, and barring wholesale voter fraud by . . . (well, we all know who), the current regime soon will be gone.  When that happens, real hope will make a welcomed return.  And Americans, once again, will show why the country of our founders—with all its human flaws—remains the last, best and greatest hope for mankind.  In the end, most Americans are not men and women who have chosen to revert to the fetal position rather than stand and face our toughest problems directly.

My sincere suggestion to Ms. Dowd is this: She might want to get an early start on a column about that.  She can always call me if she needs some help.

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Peggy Noonan Misdiagnoses Riots’ ‘Root Causes’

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 - by Larry Purdy

Given her early and often effusive praise of the era of Obama following the 2008 election, I find it ironic that Peggy Noonan writes today of “riots and flash mobs” threatening our country. She includes an interesting admission that these events “have root causes that government can’t reach.” Is this the culmination of the Obama era of government she first envisioned?

She also accurately observes that the cause for the mayhem currently wracking Britain—and in transit to the U.S.—is, in a phrase, the result of a “lack of moral grounding.” The depressing truth, of course, she now attributes—quite accurately in my view—to “the distorting effects of the welfare state and a degenerate . . . popular culture.” Yet it is the very size and scope of the welfare state, with all its malignant dependency, that Barack Obama is hell-bent on expanding beyond recognition. Noonan says nothing about this. Indeed, Obama’s name is never once mentioned in her article.

One problem Ms. Noonan does seem to recognize is this: Like British youth today, America’s youth know little about our own country’s past. And, sadly, what they hear from our own president is little short of a full-throated indictment of our history. Given Obama’s non-stop denunciations of so much that is American, and his willingness to label amazingly large segments of our population as stupid if not hopelessly evil, is it any wonder a substantial portion of our youth care little for America’s past, and even less for its present? What young person would think otherwise if all they heard were Obama’s words filled with barely-concealed anger and disdain for our country?

The flash mobs in Philadelphia—with no knowledge of, much less allegiance to, what our founding fathers put into place—seem to want, in the now famous Obama phrase, fundamental “change” in America. So, Ms. Noonan, how is that “change” looking so far? And what will it look like a year from now if this administration continues along its present ideological trajectory or, God forbid, if Obama is rewarded with another four years beginning in January 2013?

In the meantime, even though we have myriad problems that government cannot reach, where are the personal examples of principled leadership from which the American people can take strength? There certainly isn’t one currently residing in the White House.

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