Category Archive 'Anti-Americanism'
21 Oct 2018
Gerard van der Leun is fed up with our generation’s, his and mine, members of the elite community of fashion.
In the past few decades, self-loathing has drenched many Americans of the Left. …. A self-loathing that has reached its apotheosis in those â€œAmericansâ€ that love the hallucinogenic fantasy of an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, a sanctuary California, a Hillary forcefully installed as Big Granny President for Life, and Donald Trumpâ€™s head on a stake over the main gate to DC. All so they can get back to sitting in their dark cave and watch their dream-world socialist vision screened on the back wall.
After the rise of Obama, the most anti-American American president in history, the vision became joyfully anti-American. It is now self-evident what their â€œpath to successâ€ is in the minds of those who have embraced and live the progressive vision. It is a vision very much alive, kicking and in residence in the DNC, the Obama mansions, the Clinton Crew, the Groves of Academe, and the dark, Satanic propaganda mills of the media, news as well as advertisements and â€œentertainmentâ€.
Millions of Americans, unknowing, uncaring, or ungulled by the Left cannot see this vision. This vision, as far as the masses are concerned, is unknown and unknowable. It is very much a secret.
It is â€œthe vision that dare not speak its name.â€
What is no secret is that classical liberalism, in the mold of FDR, JFK, and LBJ that reached its apotheosis in Hubert Humphrey, has long been consigned to the bone-yard. What has taken its place hates to be tarred with the brush of liberalism because, frankly, it isnâ€™t. It prefers to be called â€œprogressivismâ€ even though â€œa sociopathic political and social recidivismâ€ more accurately describes it.
What now stands in the place one occupied by classical liberalism is a kind of perverted one-world idealism in which â€œthe world as it isâ€ is constantly measured against â€œthe world as it should be.â€ Classic liberalism at least had the argument that it was being done for the greater good. The new perverted progressive liberalism variant is one in which policy and plans are made because it makes the initiators yearn to â€œfeel goodâ€ in the manner that compulsive masturbators obsess over fantasies implanted before puberty. Those that make and support these measures hold themselves in high regard, seeing each other as, in the French phrase popular when many of them were young, citoyens du monde.
The donations come in the front door and the Creches go out the back. All done with a nudge and a wink to â€œthe protection of liberty and diversityâ€
Typically these are people who have â€œgone beyondâ€ nation-states in their own minds and, if they can afford it (and many can), in their personal lives as well. These are people with access to enough money to afford private jets or enough money to pay the premium prices of a hybrid car. They do not dwell in the same nation as their fellow, less-fortunate citizens. Instead, they can afford to spend their time spreading a gospel whose high costs and marginal benefits are always carefully hidden from the middle middle class and those below. But this is never seen by those spreading the gospel as a kind of noblesse oblige, only as something that is â€œgood for them.â€ …
[W]e see thousands of continuing efforts to spread â€œcorrect thinking and correct behavior and correct beliefâ€ in the endless bullying of small organizations by larger â€œclear headedâ€ organizations such as the ACLU. It is all their way or the lawsuit highway; a kind of fiscal extortion racket. The donations come in the front door and the Creches go out the back. All done with a nudge and a wink to â€œthe protection of liberty and diversityâ€ at the same time that diversity of the â€œbadâ€ kind is reduced. Like latter-day Leona Helmsleys, these visionaries are always at pains to â€œthank the little peopleâ€ for letting them have it their way.
These erstwhile American citizens do not think of themselves as actual Americans (although they play them easily and glibly on TV), but as a new and better breed that only retain their â€œAmericanâ€ status for the clear and present benefits. Instead, they prefer to think of themselves as inhabiting a rarer, more personally fragrant realm of ideals that the rest of us do not see and cannot aspire to.
I have loads of Yale classmates (all white, mind you) eagerly looking forward to the elimination of the white American majority and the country’s transformation into a more-northerly Brazil. They manage to ignore the differences in economic productivity, cultural and technological creativity, and political order and stability between the United States and Brazil. And they are, alas! completely ignorant of the overwhelmingly social importance of differing shades of color in Brazil. But, if you disagree with them, you are a racist and doomed reactionary.
31 Dec 2010
Empty Wheel, writing at voice-of-the-treasonous-American-clerisy Fire Dog Lake, shares Assange’s reflexive anti-Americanism and is affirmatively impressed by Assange’s ability to threaten the lives of American allies overseas.
Well, Julian Assange just made it clear who his hostages are:
Top officials in several Arab countries have close links with the CIA, and many officials keep visiting US embassies in their respective countries voluntarily to establish links with this key US intelligence agency, says Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.â€œThese officials are spies for the US in their countries,â€ Assange told Al Jazeera Arabic channel in an interview yesterday.
The interviewer, Ahmed Mansour, said at the start of the interview which was a continuation of last weekâ€™s interface, that Assange had even shown him the files that contained the names of some top Arab officials with alleged links with the CIA.
â€œIf I am killed or detained for a long time, there are 2,000 websites ready to publish the remaining files. We have protected these websites through very safe passwords,â€ said Assange.
Assangeâ€™s messageâ€“on Al Jazeera, in a message directed to â€œthe Arab Streetâ€? If he is disappeared or killed or put away, the names of Americaâ€™s stooges in the Middle East will be released on some outlet like Al Jazeera.
29 Oct 2010
Mark Krikorian argues that Charles Murray‘s description of the alienation of the New Elite from the rest of America does not go nearly far enough.
Charles Murray is too generous in his Sunday piece on the eliteâ€™s disconnect from the rest of America. Heâ€™s spot-on in identifying how socially, culturally, politically, and geographically isolated todayâ€™s elite is, but he ends the piece this way:
The bubble that encases the New Elite crosses ideological lines and includes far too many of the people who have influence, great or small, on the course of the nation. They are not defective in their patriotism or lacking a generous spirit toward their fellow citizens. They are merely isolated and ignorant. The members of the New Elite may love America, but, increasingly, they are not of it.
While Iâ€™m sure this describes some people, much of the New Elite does not, in fact, love America and is, in Murrayâ€™s phrasing, defective in its patriotism. Todayâ€™s elites â€” not just here, but in Europe as well â€” are increasingly post-national. Murray writes that â€œthe New Elite clusters in a comparatively small number of cities and in selected neighborhoods in those cities,â€ which is correct, but he doesnâ€™t seem to get (or at least didnâ€™t write) that these â€œcomparatively small number of cities and in selected neighborhoods in those citiesâ€ are increasingly part of a distinct transnational community. Marx and Engels were wrong when they wrote that â€œthe working men have no countryâ€ â€” but that description is increasingly apt for large parts of the post-American New Elite.
19 Apr 2010
These kinds of partisan displays of particularist chauvinism always offend enlightened people.
FoxNews points out a not-even-Freudian lapse in Barack Obama’s recent remarks.
To a member in good standing of the community of fashion, like the current president, internalization of a galaxy of liberal perspectives embracing Pacifism, World Government, and Equality, and viewing with distaste anything to do with the military or the use of force, competition, conflict, and above all else any presumption to superiority on the part of the United States is de riguer.
In a little-noticed remark at the close of the two-day nuclear security summit in Washington, D.C., this week, President Obama suggested the United States is somehow burdened by its military might — a comment that drew a stern rebuke from his former rival in the presidential campaign.
Obama was responding to a question Tuesday about how the summit would play into peace-making efforts in the Middle East when he addressed the downsides of — by virtue of America’s world stature — being obligated to intervene in international conflicts.
“It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them,” Obama said. “And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”
In Barack Obama’s ideal mental world, the United States would simply be one more docile and obedient member state of the United Nations, or the Federation, which long ago renounced sovereignty and the use of force and which transferred all its armaments to the Central World Authority. Any particular disagreement with Iran, China, or some minor Pacific atoll would be gravely adjudicated by the wise and disinterested Supreme High Council, a compromise imposed, and universal peace perpetually preserved.
What a pity it is that as enlightened a being as the Chosen One is obliged to conduct a competitive foreign policy based on military force representing a technologically advanced, but morally backward, predominantly Christian and European power that continually asserts its own preeminence in world affairs, in a manner inevitably offending other nations. Naturally, Barack Obama would rather apologize and disarm.
13 Apr 2010
Can it be accidental that Obama persists in bowing to foreign leaders like China’s President Hu Jintao?
Victor Davis Hanson can see no rational direction to Barack Obama’s foreign policy and bitterly complains that “Obama has no idea of what he is doing, and wings his way from one embarrassment to another.”
But Michael Ledeen thinks Hanson has overlooked the obvious explanation of what Obama means to do.
[W]hat if Obama does know what heâ€™s doing? What if Victor has it right when he says that we are being transformed into a much larger version of the E.U.? (Actually, itâ€™s a somewhat smaller version, but no matter.) …
He is not an admirer of America. He believes that Americaâ€™s past behavior is the root cause of the worldâ€™s problems, and he wants to bring America under control by making it just another European country: impotent in world affairs (except for spreading the wealth) and stripped of its traditional exceptionalism at home.
Thatâ€™s what his latest initiatives are all about, the new nuclear policy and the removal of clarity from our national-security doctrine by banning words like â€œjihadâ€ and â€œIslam.â€ Since he considers us the problem, he imposes a nuclear doctrine that reins in America â€” the root cause of evil in the world. And since he wants to turn America into a weak country that will accept the political correctness of the feckless â€œinternational community,â€ he adjusts our language to bring it into line with the U.N.â€™s version of Newspeak.
Itâ€™s worse than you thought, Victor. Itâ€™s not confusion at all. Itâ€™s a campaign to cut America down to size.
15 Jan 2010
Bill Quigley, at Huffington Post, says US actions “magnified the harm” caused by the earthquake in Haiti.
How’d we do that?
Well, as a rebellion was advancing on Haiti’s capital in 2004, the United States evacuated Jean-Bertrand Aristide to safety. (He later accused the United States of kidnapping him.) Relations between Aristide, the US, Canada, and Europe had been frosty since he gained power for the second time in 2000 via flagrant election fraud. Mr. Quigley obviously takes the view that stealing elections makes the winner “democratically elected.” (Hey! It works in Chicago.)
And he proceeds to attribute responsibility to the US for Haiti’s current woes, because the failure of the International Community and the Bush Administration to deliver financial support to a hostile socialist kleptocracy is obviously to blame for a shrunken public sector in Haiti.
Danny Glover reaches even further: â€œWhen we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what Iâ€™m sayinâ€™?â€
Hat tip to Tim Blair.
No money for socialist regimes, no money for Gaia, you get earthquakes. Stands to reason, if you’re a leftist.
12 Nov 2009
In his Fort Hood speech (the one that gave Marc Ambinder goosebumps), Barack Obama graciously complimented the slain American soldiers, but he did it implicitly at everyone else’s expense.
“In an age of selfishness, they embody responsibility. In an era of division, they call upon us to come together. In a time of cynicism, they remind us of who we are as Americans.”
The president is implying that the rest of us, who fail to be serving in the US military at the present time, scamps that we are, have managed somehow to make our current age, era, and time: selfish, irresponsible, divisive, and cynical.
Quin Hillyer thinks the Chosen One has a lot of nerve throwing around these accusations.
What era does Obama live in? The America I know, that we all know, in 2009, is not an America that is suffering from an age of selfishness, an era of division, a time of cynicism. Mr. Obama can speak for himself. This is not a land nor an epoch of selfishness and cynicism, and the divisiveness is not extraordinary or even terribly bad — and it often comes from Obama himself. But somebody should look the president in the eye and say “WHo are you calling selfish and cynical, Kemosabe?” I look around me and see idealism, love of country, generosity. I see the incredible outpouring of church groups and other citizens in aiding the victims of Katrina. I see people volunteering hither and yon for all sorts of good causes. And yes, I even see TEA partiers who are out there of their own free will, at their own expense, trying to defend the freedoms they love for the sake of their children, for the sake of posterity.
It is way past time for this president to stop telling us that the general state of affairs is cynical, selfish, angry, and benighted (and, tacitly, that he and his circle are the only light that offers hope amidst the darkness he describes). Enough is enough. Mark Hyman today on our main site writes that this president despises America (except for the America he would remake in his own image). Perhaps so. He certainly apologizes for our flaws far more often than he actually specifies our strengths and the things that make us admirable. Either way, though, Mr. Obama’s act as moral judge of the supposed cynicism and selfishness of others, indeed of society in general, is an act that is well beyond tired. It is a tired act, an unpleasant act, an unnecessary act. And it just isn’t true.
Physician, heal thyself.
Hat tip to the News Junkie.
25 Oct 2009
Jeremy Clarkson, of the British television program Top Gear, visited the United States back in 2006. He didn’t like a lot of the same things about this country that I don’t like.
Step out of the loop, do something unusual and youâ€™ll encounter a wall of low-paid, low-intellect workers whose sole job is to prevent their bosses from being sued. As a result, you never hear anyone say: â€œOh Iâ€™m sure itâ€™ll be all right.â€ …
You know the Stig. The all-white racing driver we use on Top Gear. Well, we were filming him walking through the Mojave desert when lo and behold a lorry full of soldiers rocked up and arrested him. He was unusual. He wasnâ€™t fat. He must therefore be a Muslim.
It gets worse. I needed money to play a little blackjack in Vegas but because I was unable to provide the cashier with an American zip code he was unable to help. Itâ€™s the same story at the petrol pumps. Americans can punch their address into the key pad and replenish their tank. Europeans have to prove theyâ€™re not terrorists before being allowed to start pumping.
I seem to recall a television advertisement in which George W Bush himself urged us all to go over there for our holidays. But whatâ€™s the point when you canâ€™t buy anything? Or do anything. Or walk across the desert in a white suit without being arrested.
The main problem I suspect is a complete lack of knowledge about the world. I asked people in the streets of Vegas to name two European countries. The very first woman I spoke to said: â€œOh yes. Whatâ€™s that one with kangaroos?â€
Then youâ€™ve got New Orleans, which, nearly a year after Katrina, is still utterly smashed and ruined. Now Iâ€™m sorry but insects can build shelter on their own. Birds can build nests without a state handout. So why are the people of Louisiana sitting around waiting for someone else to do the repairs? …
Among the things I donâ€™t like is the way everyone over 15 stone now moves about in a wheelchair. As a result, it takes half an hour to get through even the widest door. And I really donâ€™t like the way that every small town looks exactly the same as every other small town. Palmdale in California and Biloxi in Mississippi are nigh on identical. They have the same horrible restaurants. The same mall. The same interstate drone. Live in either for more than a week and youâ€™d be stabbing your own eyes with knitting needles.
But itâ€™s the idiocracy that really gets me down. The constant coaxing you have to do to get anything done. â€œNoâ€ is the default setting whether you want to change lanes on a motorway or get a drink on a Sunday. Itâ€™s like trying to negotiate with a donkey. Once, I urged a cop in Pensacola, Florida, to use his common sense and let me load a van in the no loading zone, since the airport was shut and it would make no difference. â€œSir,â€ he said, â€œyou donâ€™t need common sense when youâ€™ve got laws.â€
25 Sep 2009
I was hearing complaints about Obama’s UN Speech all day yesterday. Rich Lowry gives the president’s performance one of its most negative reviews.
President Obama yesterday did his best impression of a high-school sophomore participating in his first Model UN meeting, retailing pious clichÃ©s he learned from his pony-tailed social studies teacher.
Even Woodrow Wilson might have blanched at the mushy-headed exhortations to world peace and collective action better suited to a college dorm-room bull session or a holiday-season Coca-Cola commercial.
“No nation can or should try to dominate another nation,” Obama intoned. “No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.”
Has an American president ever expressed such implicit hostility toward his own nation’s pre-eminence in world affairs? Or so relished in recalling its failings, or so readily elevated himself and his own virtues over those of his country?
Between America and the world, Obama adopts a happy medium. It is in this sense only that he is a centrist.
“For those who question the character and cause of my nation,” Obama said, “I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.” In other words, he’s the redeemer of a nation sunk in war crimes (we condoned torture), high-handedness (we ignored the United Nations) and hypocrisy (we promoted democracy selectively) prior to the ascension of his blessed administration.
Read the whole thing.
Text and video at HuffPo.
20 Sep 2009
Michael Medved, back at college, used to be a liberal. Michael got wiser as he grew older.
Some partisans on the left… (resist being described as unpatriotic), insisting that they love the United States just as much as any right winger. The distinction, progressives regularly aver, involves their affection for a perfected America that might, through hope and change, come into existence sometime in the future, or else their nostalgic reverence for an America that once was, but ceased to exist through some malevolent influence (greedy businessmen, the religious right, conniving conservatives, take your pick).
Anyone with a modicum of experience in human relations will tell you that a devotion based on what your love object might become, or may have been in the past, is a suspect and toxic form of affection. If, in a moment of insecurity, a wife asks a husband, Honey, do you love me? the last thing she wants to hear is, Actually, I love the idea of you if you changed completely. In other words, its not advisable to tell the woman in your life that you’d adore her if she’d only lose fifty pounds, submit to liposuction and breast augmentation surgery, get a new set of gleaming white caps for her teeth, and complete a post graduate degree so she’d offer more intriguing conversation.
19 Sep 2009
John Hinderaker listens to another democrat apologizing for America.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright spoke at a forum in Omsk, Siberia. Pravda reported that her speech “surprised the audience.” No wonder. The Russians in attendance must have wondered how they managed to lose the cold war:
Madeleine Albright said during the meeting that America no longer had the intention of being the first nation of the world. …
The former US Secretary of State surprised the audience with her speech. She particularly said that democracy was not the perfect system. “It can be contradictory, corrupt and may have security problems,” Albright said.
America has been having hard times recently, Albright said.
“We have been talking about our exceptionalism during the recent eight years. Now, an average American wants to stay at home – they do not need any overseas adventures. We do not need new enemies,” Albright said adding that Beijing, London and Delhi became a serious competition for Washington and New York.
“My generation has made many mistakes. We give the future into the hands of the young. Your prime goal is to overcome the gap between the poor and the rich,’ the former head of the US foreign political department said.
There you have it. And Albright was Secretary of State during the relatively moderate Clinton administration. I’m afraid she speaks for most Democratic foreign policy “experts.” Promoting American weakness: it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
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