It would be one thing if Obama expected all Americans to sacrifice equally. Clearly, however, he does not. He, for one, isn't willing to sacrifice -- he's ready to spend $24,000 of taxpayer money to take his wife on a date to New York. And Obama doesn't expect his allies to sacrifice, either. The United Auto Workers, whom Obama has praised for its "sacrifice," now owns a majority of Chrysler and a huge chunk of GM; not coincidentally, UAW gave millions to Obama's campaign. Obama refused to bail out California unless it revoked pay cuts for members of the Service Employees International Union; not coincidentally, SEIU gave $33 million to Obama's campaign.
Obama's self-centered idea of sacrifice -- sacrifice yourself on Obama's behalf, or he'll sacrifice you -- doesn't stop at the water's edge. America's foreign allies are feeling similar pressure to sacrifice themselves for Obamemnon's glory. Thus, Obama presses Israel to stop building new houses in Jewish Jerusalem while encouraging Palestinian Arabs to build illegal settlements within Jerusalem. Thus, Obama tacitly allows Iran to develop nuclear weapons and reaches out to the illegitimate mullahs while stifling any freedom movement within Iran. Thus, Obama allows China to violate human rights while offering them the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for their supposed work on global warming -- all in order to entice China to keep buying our debt. Sacrifice, it seems, is only to be made by those who least deserve to make it.
There is one crucial difference between Agamemnon and Obama: Agamemnon led his troops to victory at Troy. Iphigenia was merely an innocent bystander used to accomplish his purposes. Obama, by contrast, is bound to lead America to ruin precisely because of the sacrifices he is forcing upon the most productive Americans and our most important allies.
Obama's philosophy makes the sacrifice of individual liberty irrelevant to the broader communal good as he defines it. What we are losing on the Altar of Obamemnon is far more than a few bucks -- it is the fundamental basis of free government.