THE POLITICS OF SHOWMANSHIP
By Alan Caruba
Chuck Todd, the NBC News Political Director summed it up best when he pointed out that the same speech could have been delivered by U.S. Senator John McCain because its content was ideologically quite similar in many ways to that of McCain's speeches. The critical difference between the two presidential candidates is that McCain is imbued with the values of a family that, for generations, has fought to protect American values, has fought to defend American freedoms.
As regards ideological orientation, both McCain and Obama believe that industrialization and modern society is contributing to a climate apocalypse of melting Arctic ice and rising sea levels. Both believe the Free World must defeat Islamofascist terrorism. The ideology of political environmentalism and global warming alarmism constitutes a corruption of science. The global terror war being waged by Islamists against the U.S.A. and the West is the single most important issue of our times. At one point, Obama sounded a call for Iran to relinquish its nuclear weapons ambitions.
“People of the world, this is our moment, this is our time,” said Obama, followed by an echo of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, citing freedom from fear and freedom from want. The other freedoms Roosevelt cited on January 6, 1941, were freedom of speech and expression, and freedom to worship as one chooses. Islam opposes both.
The date of the Roosevelt speech is worth noting because eleven months later, on December 7, 1941, the United States suffered a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan, plunging America into World War Two. Congress declared war against Germany, as well as against Japan. Not since those days has a craven Congress formally declared war on any nation, despite the constitutional requirement to do so.
Roosevelt had called for “a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.”
In Berlin, Obama made a similar call for a reduction of nuclear weapons, but this ignores the fact that, once invented, no technology can be un-invented and a new technology can be used for good or evil. It took a nuclear weapon to end Japan’s aggression.
The notion that nuclear weapons will be reduced or the threat of their use be eliminated is no more plausible today than FDR’s wish for a reduction of armaments in 1941. Those in leadership positions seem to feel they have to say such things, but they know better.
Obama and McCain should know better when they talk about global warming and say stupid things about either of the poles melting or rising sea levels. Talk of reducing carbon emissions is baseless, given the fact that carbon dioxide plays virtually no role in climate change. The Earth has been through any number of ice ages, has seen mass extinctions of life, and, after 4.5 billion years, continues as the only place in our galaxy with life forms as complex as ours.
An estimated 100,000 gathered to hear Obama and one cannot help but be reminded that Germans gathered in the 1930s to hear another spellbinding speaker. That one plunged Europe into war. The urge to be part of a huge movement is a powerful component of the human psyche, but that doesn’t mean that any good will come of it. As often as not, it has led to bloodshed and misery.
So listening to Obama toss off phrases about “global citizenship” and the need to “share the benefits (of wealth) more equitably” because such wealth should not “favor the few” tended to get my attention amidst the bursts of applause. That is the promise of Communism, not capitalism.
When I hear Obama talk of welcoming immigrants, I think of the twelve million or more here in America living illegally and parasitically off native-born and naturalized Americans. There are good reasons that nations have borders.
When I hear him say that “this is our moment, this is our time” I think that this is always everyone’s moment, everyone’s time, and that is an individual thing, not something to be melded into a vast collectivist and totalitarian ideology that will ultimately destroy individual rights, human rights.
What we are witnessing is the showmanship of politics. What we are hearing are ideas and beliefs that obscure the same dangerous ideologies that have caused so much conflict and misery. If we fall prey to the theatrics of Barack Obama, we will surely pay a fearful price.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s new book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press.
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