Ken Blackwell

Much harder to excuse was President Obama’s bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia.

This desert despot runs a country where there is no freedom. Converts from Islam are beheaded. Jews cannot live there. Christians cannot wear crosses there, or carry Bibles. And women cannot even drive out of that benighted country.

The President of the United States should bow to know one. No American should bow to a foreign monarch. But even if we did bow, Mr. Obama abased himself (and us) before one of the world’s worst tyrants.

Then, there was the matter of the “Open Mic” gaffe with outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Mr. Obama was caught telling the Russian stand-in to let his puppet master in the Kremlin know that the U.S. would be more “flexible” after Obama’s re-election. Surely this was the most shocking instance of collusion at the highest levels in American history.

The man Obama was signaling is Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent who has reinstated Joe Stalin’s Soviet-era anthem and who has replaced in police headquarters a bust of “Iron Felix Dzerzhinsky,” the father of the dreaded Soviet secret police.

For Mr. Obama, this is part of a lifelong pattern. As a teen, he willingly associated himself with the Communist, Frank Marshall Davis. As Grove City College professor, Paul Kengor, Ph.D., has shown in his book-length treatment, Frank Marshall Davis was a strong influence on the young Barack Obama, an influence that Obama himself acknowledged in his first memoir, Dreams from My Father.

Scholar Stanley Kurtz documents the fact that Mr. Obama’s early friendship with his Communist mentor, Davis, was no youthful excess. Obama himself notes that he sought out the most radical professors and students at Occidental College and at Columbia University. At Columbia, Obama admits he attended socialist conferences, but buries that concession in the middle of plays, museums, Central Park, and other Big Apple cultural attractions. Funny, he never mentions Yankee Stadium or the Statue of Liberty.

Only in an Obama Nation could the lyrics of our National Anthem be “an abomination.”

The Star-Spangled Banner calls us “the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Those words inspire us all to action—to keep this Home of Freedom free.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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