As President Barack Obama’s popularity slides in the polls, one might assume those who elected him think he failed to live up to his promises.
Bob Ehrlich says Obama is actually doing exactly what he promised by withdrawing the United States from the world stage and fundamentally changing the U.S. cultural and economic landscape. All of which troubles the former Republican governor of Maryland, particularly what he sees as an abdication of international power.
"Weakness invites trouble. That's the history of the world. When strong countries become weak, what happens? Evil tends to predominate, and that's what you're seeing today," Ehrlich told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Russia is example No. 1 of evil rearing its head, Ehrlich said Wednesday.
While Ehrlich said he understands why Americans would be wary of foreign entanglements after two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said the stakes are too great to withdraw entirely.
"So, I'm not pretending the American public's out there screaming bloody murder about the weakness of the Obama foreign policy, but what I am saying is the miscreants around the world get it, and when miscreants get it, freedom tends to suffer, and the poor folks of the Ukraine today are suffering as a result," Ehrlich said.
"Vladimir Putin is a thug, and he's a pretty sharp thug who gets it, and he gets realpolitik, and to have this administration . . . is a very dangerous thing today."
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On the domestic front, Ehrlich said Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision banning limits on aggregate campaign donations by individuals is a huge step forward for U.S. democracy.
"Freedom 1, regulatory state 0 today. So, when freedom wins, when highly protected speech in the most free country the world has ever seen wins, it's a good day," he said.
More good news for Republicans seeking election this fall, said Ehrlich, can be seen in the Democrats’ continued attacks on the Koch brothers and the reaction the attacks draw from political foundations started and funded by Charles and David Koch, including Americans for Prosperity.
"They’re scared to death of these people. They’re scared to death of those Americans for Prosperity ads on Obamacare," Ehrlich said. "They're really effective. They're working. They're really reaching. It's great, it's terrific. Whenever you see [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] do this thing, or whenever these lefties do this, remember: it’s fear."
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