So much for those “American Values” of overcoming, and achieving.
And how do those “American Values” stack-up, when Obama himself compares them with the “values” of other countries? We got a glimpse two weeks ago, when Obama compared the U.S. with China.
On a recent campaign trip to Virginia, Obama stated off-handedly, “ “everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now and the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly superior to us now, which means if you're a corporation deciding where to do business, you're starting to think, Beijing looks like a pretty good option.”
Objectively, I don’t know if Beijing’s infrastructure is superior to America’s. I’ve never seen any qualitative research on this matter, and I’ve never been to Beijing to observe the infrastructure firsthand (and given Obama’s propensity to lecture on things that are “above his pay grade,” he likely has not been to Beijing either).
But Obama doesn’t seem to marvel at the reality that, despite China’s population being roughly three times the size of ours, America still produces a higher GDP, still provides a higher standard of living for a greater percentage of it’s citizens, and still feeds more people around the planet, than does China. These are attributes that uniquely belong to America, and are tied to our unique American Values, and Obama has virtually nothing to say about these things, preferring instead to praise the “good works” of the Communist Chinese government.
Despite the repeated utterance of “American Values” at the Democratic National Convention, Obama has repeatedly seized opportunities to belittle the values of Americans, and advocate his own, more exotic, more multicultural views.
In the face of growing concern over America losing its common language, Obama dismissed the concern altogether, insisting that the “real problem” is that not enough Americans speak Spanish and French (he speaks neither of these languages).
When speaking in Berlin about the very real threat of Islamic-driven terrorism, he avoided criticism of terrorists and suicide bombers, stating instead that both Europeans and Americans need to embrace the peace of “the vast majority of Muslims” around the world.
Harnessing the themes of “Hope” and “Change” have carried Obama quite far. But precisely what kind of “change” does he intend, going forward?
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.