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The Anti-American Americans

So here we are, at Thanksgiving, surrounded by a crowd of arrogant, ignorant, self-proclaimed superior people who proclaim, as was once declared about Vietnam, that the only way to save the country is to destroy it. That the European welfare state is the proper model for us, and that our electoral choices are mostly wrong. And evil. The first anti-American president put it bluntly in an interview with with one of his cronies, saying Americans are "confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues."

In Obama’s view, we’re unworthy of him and his ruling class. All 57 states’ worth, I suppose. If we dare vote for candidates they don’t like, they feel entitled to change the results. And it isn’t just the usual suspects in the media and the schools; it includes the sorry case of the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Roberts, who now suggests that judges are fully empowered to undo the clearly expressed preferences of the American people, and that somehow criticism of them, not their outrageous rulings, was the inappropriate act. It was deliciously satisfying to see him slapped down by Senator Grassley, an Iowa farmer who understands better than most how politicized the judiciary has become. He knows how often our judges have somehow come to believe that we have a lot to learn from foreign laws and judges, an amazing development that would have us turn the obvious lessons of the past 250 years upside-down. Just check out where our judges go during summer vacation, and what they do, and you’ll see it.

From Obama to Roberts, our self-proclaimed ruling class have missed the import of the global revolution ushered in by the American Revolution. Indeed, they seem to think that we never should have broken with Britain, so that the confused, blind, hate-filled, angry racists (I don’t quite understand what “mommy issues” refers to) would never have wrecked the world. They do not tell us if we would speak German or Japanese, or maybe Russian.

My Russian (or maybe Latvian) grandmother brought her children across the Atlantic in 1906, lived for a few years in Harlem, then relocated to Toledo, Ohio. Three of her boys graduated from university and went on to successful careers in engineering and business. Only in America. None of them was a confused racist. All of them learned American history and knew what we Americans were really all about. Imagine the shock when our daughter came home from school one autumn, excited at the prospect of giving thanks to the redskins.  Her teachers’ politically correct version of American history is now standard, and we recently elected and reelected a president who has a very garbled understanding of our past and present. Does Obama not know that a foreigner can come here and become an American? Try that in Europe. I’ve been going to Italy for more than fifty years, have taught at her universities, written books about her history, made myriad close friends, but I would never be accepted as an Italian by the Italians. That sort of assimilation only happens here. And in Israel. Note that Obama doesn’t much like Israelis, either.