Seven days after his inauguration – and before he would again speak to his fellow Americans – our new President delivered a regionally televised speech to the Muslim world, wherein he reassured Muslims that “Americans are not your enemy,” and acknowledged our many “mistakes.” And since that address on January 27th, President Obama has continued with a pattern of characterizing for the world an America that is a very guilty nation – guilty of oppression, arrogance, greed, unilateralism, materialism, and, perhaps above all, guilty of insufficient respect for Muslims.
Indeed, both President Obama’s words and deeds convey a very different perspective on the nation he leads – very different from those of our previous Presidents. And just as sure as President Bush declared that those who attacked us made a huge mistake, President Obama has assured the world that the mistakes are all ours.
President Obama has conveyed this sense of American culpability and insufficiency on the domestic front, as well. Private Americans are incapable of running corporations in a “just” fashion, so President Obama – operating through his “Corporate Compensation Czar” Kenneth Feinberg, of course – must determine who should receive pay cuts, and pay raises. And Americans have most certainly “abused their rights to free speech,” and thus, President Obama – operating through his “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein – must seek ways to control the internet.
And who are the worst among the “evil doers?” At varying points this year, President Obama has singled out a variety of individuals and groups from among the broader American populous, and in his own peculiar way has attempted to, shall we say, “bring them to justice.”
In no particular order, the list of “evil doers” has included: Rush Limbaugh, Medical Doctors who allegedly perform unnecessary procedures for presumed financial gain, “rich people,” shareholders of the Chrysler Corporation, the Fox Newschannel, executives of American corporations, Republicans, the insurance industry, Glenn Beck, hedge fund managers, attendees of congressional town hall meetings, oil companies, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Indeed it would appear that for our current President, America’s real enemies are within. His task is to apologize for our behavior abroad, while administering our just penalties at home.
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.
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