Questioning Obama's Patriotism
John McCain had many failings as the Republican Party's nominee for the presidency in 2008. Foremost among them was his attempt to play politics in an honorable and chivalrous manner. His grand old approach to competition allowed his opponents to exploit him ruthlessly and dispatch him quickly on election night.
McCain's decision to keep his word and accept public financing for the campaign -- while Barack Obama broke his own promise to do the same -- made the senior senator from Arizona's defeat a likelihood. Yes, there is great truth in the old cliché that "money is the mother's milk of politics." Should one candidate concede a $740.6 million to $84.1 million spending advantage to his foe, then such a loss is inevitable.
Another major error on McCain's part was his refusal to expose the endemic weaknesses of the political left, specifically the cynical attitude they possess towards their countrymen and their florid contempt for diversity of opinion. Over the years, Democrats have become acutely aware that a pervasive lack of patriotism is a major impediment to electoral achievement. Due to their paladins regarding the United States as being a racist, sexist state -- one whose history can be summed up with the single word "oppression" -- it is not immediately evident why any of their number would make for a suitable commander in chief.
The Democrats are very fearful that the general population will one day fathom the enduring connection between bad leadership and sanctimonious, alienated guiltists running the country. Thus, they have turned the act of making known their dearth of patriotism into the commission of a hate crime. Senator McCain, always keen to impress a mainstream media that once pretended to admire him, readily played their game. He proclaimed: "Let me be very clear. I am not questioning his patriotism; I am questioning his judgment." In the vernacular of political correctness, this means: "My hands are on the table and I am assuming the position."
Yet McCain's protestations made little difference to his enemies. They rightly took his civility for weakness. They resurrected the issue in the fall as often as they could and applied the label "McCarthyist" to those who tell the truth about the Democrats' take on America's past. Here we see, once again, that there is no hope and change behind the mantra of hope and change.
These counterattacks were initiated under the auspices of persuading the rest of us to ignore the giant seven-foot rat -- which embodies the political left's feelings for their country -- as he salivates and menaces our public square. Character assassination awaits any conservative who dares to illuminate the malignancy of the pseudo-liberal worldview. This strategy proved worthwhile because most of us on the right are too timid to call a rodent a rodent even as it gnaws off our toes.
The case of Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was a cautionary tale. Mrs. Bachmann, while speaking to Chris Matthews on his television show Gutterball, stated, "I'm very concerned that he [Obama] may have anti-American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are." Matthews, ever the partisan Democrat and by far the most devout of Barack Obama's biased media protectors, referred to this banal statement as "an extraordinary claim."
Well is it? Of course not. Given Obama's career, his words, the tone of his autobiography, and his associations with ardent America-haters like Father Michael Pfleger, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, and William Ayers, Bachmann's words were intuitive and anything but extraordinary. That Obama deems America -- in its current configuration -- a spurious venture appears to be about as controversial as believing that water is wet.