Tom Tancredo

Senator Obama went to Berlin and told a crowd of 200,000 Europeans that he was speaking to them not as a candidate for President of the United States, but as “a fellow citizen of the world.” He then proceeded to insult the memories of any German over age 30 and the intelligence of every American who remembers what the Berlin Wall was all about.

In Berlin, Obama credited the “people of the world” for bringing down the Berlin Wall.  That will be surprising news to the people of Mexico, Switzerland and dozens of other nations who not only sat out World War II as "neutrals" but never gave one penny to support the 1949 Berlin Airlift or NATO. Contrary to Obama’s rosy Code Pink revisionism, the “people of the world” were bit players in the 40 year struggle against Soviet occupation of East Berlin and Eastern Europe.

But Obama's misunderstanding of the Cold War is not the root of his effusive one-world utopianism. Obama is an American by birth and a multicultural globalist by choice. He finds it hard to praise the United States for any achievement without mentioning some sin or grave shortcoming for balance.

Obama's leftist tilt toward moral equivalence is troublesome enough in a United States Senator, but as the guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy it would be catastrophic. Obama's utopianism leads him to grandiloquent expressions of global ambition.  If we are to take his words seriously, he aspires not only to be President of the United States but also president of the world:

“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 are now the walls that we must tear down.”

I suspect most Americans are not keen on taking on moral responsibility for all of the world’s poverty, sickness, racial discrimination and religious tensions. President Bush limited his promotion of democratic reforms to Iraq and Afghanistan, countries where America’s vital interests are clearly at stake in the war against jihadist Islam. Obama’s commitment to global meddling knows no such bounds.

Senator Obama wants all the walls of the world broken down because 19 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. To use this metaphor to promote global egalitarianism, he must ignore the brutal character of the Berlin Wall – that it was a wall to keep people inside, not to keep people out. It was not a border dividing "two peoples" or two nations. There were no West Germans or West Berliners trying to get past the wall and into East Germany. Its sole purpose was to imprison East Germans under Soviet control.


Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009 where he chaired the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as co-chairman of Team America PAC and president of the Rocky Mountain Foundation. He authored "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security.