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February 20, 2015

Why Mayor Rudy Giuliani Is Correct

Joe Charlebois

Last week Bob Beckel posited that President Obama’s upbringing overseas and direct interaction with the Islamic faith as a youth made him incapable of criticizing the more radical adherents to Islam. This week former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani commented that Mr. Obama does not love this country as most Americans do. I agree.


Mr. Giuliani’s statements may seem brash, or even downright foolish, until you look into his comments fully. His comments were based on the fact that Mr. Obama was not raised in a traditional American way. Mr. Obama’s biological father abandoned him as an infant. His formative years were spent with his mother and step-father in Indonesia. They moved to Jakarta when he was just six years old.


Mr. Obama’s initial influences, of course, were his mother, who has been described as a leftist, who was best described as an atheist or agnostic, and a step-father described as a free-spirited Muslim.


When he was 10, Mr. Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents.


It was here in Hawaii that – with no father figure or man of color to emulate – he was introduced to Frank Marshall by his grandparents. Mr. Marshall was a member of the Communist Party of the United States and founding editor of The Chicago Star, a socialist/communist newspaper, and a mentor to a young Barack Obama.


Other well-known influences of the president have been Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn are two members of the Weather Underground, which declared war on the United States by carrying out domestic terrorist activities. The Reverend Wright’s sermons are well known for their “hate America first” sentiments.


Mayor Giuliani is right. These are not the types of people a President of the United States is typically influenced by. This core group of people, as well as some of his college professors, have a view of the United States that is quite disparate from the vast majority of the American population. They see America through the lens of hate.


When President Obama spoke of fundamentally transforming America, he was speaking against the Founding Fathers vision for America. He doesn’t see an America that allows for individual rights. He doesn’t see an America that holds private property rights dear. He doesn’t see an America that protects freedom of religion. He doesn’t see an America where the three branches of government are co-equal.


What the president does see is the need to trample individual property rights by forcing Americans to purchase a product or be fined. He doesn’t see a problem in telling those of faith to disavow their faith and pay for on-demand abortions. He has no problem in bypassing the Congress of the United States through executive orders and other executive memoranda when the Congress doesn’t send him legislation to his liking.


Mr. Obama does not speak of America as former presidents have.  To this president, we aren’t that shining city of the hill. We are not an exceptional nation. He doesn’t show the same pride in the United States as his predecessors. He is constantly apologizing for what he sees as America’s transgressions.


Mayor Giuliani is right. He doesn’t love America like we do. Why else would he want to fundamentally transform it?


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