Barack Obama's "scary globalist" speech (Berlin, Germany)
Barack Obama spoke in Berlin, Germany today in what shall be called (by me at least) his "scary globalist" speech. I'll leave it to specialists to discuss the rest, but here are some of his prepared remarks:
...the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more - not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.
In a way he's right, but I suspect what he'd support in the way of partnerships are a bit more expansive than what most Americans would want.
The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down... We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity.
Likewise, the fence between your neighbor's property and yours can't stand. Oh, wait: that doesn't make any sense either. Walls frequently serve a useful and necessary purpose and whether a wall is good or not depends on the situation. Taken to its extreme, he's calling for world communism. He's also comparing rule by a few EU bureaucrats to the fall of things such as the Berlin Wall.
Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century... If we could create NATO to face down the Soviet Union, we can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York...
More globalism; while the last bit makes some sense, BHO would of course take it much further.
This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The two superpowers that faced each other across the wall of this city came too close too often to destroying all we have built and all that we love. With that wall gone, we need not stand idly by and watch the further spread of the deadly atom. It is time to secure all loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to reduce the arsenals from another era. This is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.
Presumably he's just pandering to the far-left; there will never be a world without nukes.
This is the moment when every nation in Europe must have the chance to choose its own tomorrow free from the shadows of yesterday. In this century, we need a strong European Union that deepens the security and prosperity of this continent, while extending a hand abroad.
He supports something sounding like self-determination for the countries of Europe, followed immediately by supporting Europe being run by bureaucrats out of Belgium. "Security and prosperity" is also part of the name of Bush's SPP.gov.
Will we acknowledge that there is no more powerful example than the one each of our nations projects to the world? Will we reject torture and stand for the rule of law? Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don't look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?
Even in Germany he can't avoid pandering to those who can't vote.
But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived - at great cost and great sacrifice - to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom - indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares.
How ironic, considering that BHO has continually tried to use ethnic nationalism to his own advantage.