When will this will this mortifying carnival of Obamanations on foreign soil end? Whether he’s in the Middle East, Latin America, or now what some suspect is his ideological homeland, Mother Russia, Obama can’t help downplaying his own country’s proud history and record of achievements, and seems to delight in throwing past Presidents (esp. Bush) under the bus. Major Garrett asked him about his speech to the Russians, in this interview, rebroadcast on Hannity’s America:
Here is the Lech Walesa WSJ article cited by Hannity at the end of the video:
When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can’t be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989.
Poles fought for their freedom for so many years that they hold in special esteem those who backed them in their struggle. Support was the test of friendship. President Reagan was such a friend. His policy of aiding democratic movements in Central and Eastern Europe in the dark days of the Cold War meant a lot to us. We knew he believed in a few simple principles such as human rights, democracy and civil society. He was someone who was convinced that the citizen is not for the state, but vice-versa, and that freedom is an innate right.
I often wondered why Ronald Reagan did this, taking the risks he did, in supporting us at Solidarity, as well as dissident movements in other countries behind the Iron Curtain, while pushing a defense buildup that pushed the Soviet economy over the brink. Let’s remember that it was a time of recession in the U.S. and a time when the American public was more interested in their own domestic affairs. It took a leader with a vision to convince them that there are greater things worth fighting for. Did he seek any profit in such a policy? Though our freedom movements were in line with the foreign policy of the United States, I doubt it.
I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face.
Does that describe anyone we know?
There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They’re convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for. Otherwise they would consider their life and work pointless. Only such politicians are great politicians and Ronald Reagan was one of them.
Dare I say…GW Bush was another one of them:
There will never, ever be such an outpouring of appreciation for Obama from someone who has been given the chance of freedom because of his actions, because that will never happen. As we’ve seen in Iran and Honduras, Obama doesn’t work in defense of Liberty and self government, but on behalf of tyrants and dictators for tactical gains that benefit his Statist “new world order”. Obama, lefties will tell you, is a ‘chess player’, with nuanced, sophisticated, strategies mere mortals like us can never understand.
Unfortunately, he’s too busy plotting his next move, to concern himself with petty concepts like the “rule of law”, “freedom” and “democracy”.
Thanks to Jackstraw for that video.
Others Blogging About This:
Uncle Jimbo and Drew at AoSHQ
The American Thinker
Via Brutally Honest, we find that the much maligned GW Bush has received some heart felt praise from Putin in a birthday greeting:
Putin Praises Bush
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised the hospitality and openness of U.S. former President George W. Bush in a telegramme sent hours before meeting his successor Barack Obama.
“During the last years we have been working on strengthening Russia-U.S. cooperation. Although there were differences between our countries, I always valued your openness and sincerity,” Putin said, congratulating Bush on his 63rd birthday on July 6.
“With special warmth I recall your hospitality in the Crawford ranch and your family estate in Kennebunkport,” Putin wrote, referring to their 2007 meeting at the Bush family vacation home when the two leaders went fishing and ate lobster.
Time to push that “reset button”!