In naming his best-selling book “No Apology,” Mitt Romney put his finger on the single most important reason Barack Obama will be a one-term president.
To be sure, Americans are horrified by Obama’s spending. Under his budget, federal debt will equal 90 percent of GDP by 2020, compared with 41 percent before he took office.
They are concerned about Obama’s decisions that undercut national security efforts, such as treating foreign terrorists as if they were American citizens, and his use of politically correct terms to describe terrorists. They are offended by Obama’s fixation with imposing a healthcare bill that will reduce the quality and availability of medical care.
But what will doom Obama’s chances most in 2012 is his habit of apologizing for America’s imagined sins, signaling that he really does not believe in the greatness of this country.
The most recent example was Obama’s comment that “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”
“That’s one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard a president of the United States make in modern times,” Sen. John McCain said. “We are the dominant superpower, and we’re the greatest force for good in the history of [the world], and I thank God every day that we are a dominant superpower.”
In his effort to bow to the rest of the world, President Obama even offered a thinly veiled apology for dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Prague, he talked about the need to banish nuclear weapons and said that, “as a nuclear power — as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon — the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”
In making that statement, Obama demonstrated stunning naïveté and ignorance of American history. Obama seemed unaware that U.S. nuclear capability was a deterrent keeping us safe throughout the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
As former Central Intelligence Director James Woolsey told me, “Peace depends on freedom, and it depends on defeating the people who would destroy the peace.” Woolsey observed that, in the 20th century, the United States defeated five totalitarian empires in three wars, leading to a proliferation of democracies throughout the world.
Michelle Obama’s twice-repeated comment during the campaign that she feels proud of America for the first time underscores her husband’s attitude. That attitude is not that different from that of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., their pastor for 20 years.
“We bombed Hiroshima,” Wright said after 9/11. “We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye . . . America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
Hearing Wright’s venomous and paranoid denunciations of this country, virtually all Americans would walk out. Instead, Obama and Michelle sat through presumably hundreds of similar sermons and exposed their children to them. Obama even described Wright, who gave an award for lifetime achievement to Louis Farrakhan, as his mentor and sounding board.
Romney says in his book: “It is an extraordinary moment we are in, when an American president is eager to note all of America’s failings, real and perceived, and reluctant to speak out in defense of American values and America’s contributions to the freedoms enjoyed around the globe.”
After Obama's remark about being a superpower “whether we like it or not,” Vietnam veteran McCain called it a “direct contradiction to everything America believes in.”
Indeed, no president in American history has been so out of step with the most basic American values, reluctant to see this country as “America the Beautiful.”
In the end, that is the chief reason Obama will be a one-term president.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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