August 3, 2008

IN A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY...:

The post-national candidate (Jeffrey T. Kuhner, August 3, 2008, Washington Times)

Despite the large, cheering crowds and media glitz, the tour has given his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, the opening he needs to win - and win convincingly - in November.

During his visit to Europe, Mr. Obama demonstrated the radical anti-Americanism at the heart of his candidacy. He proclaimed himself "a citizen of the world" - not simply a citizen of the United States. Also, he vowed that, as president, he would consider the "needs, interests and perspectives" of all nations, and not just America´s "narrow, strategic" objectives.

In other words, Mr. Obama pledged to subordinate our national interest to international concerns. This is unprecedented for a would-be president. The primary role of commander in chief is not to be the spokesman for the international community; rather, it is to defend and advance U.S. national interest.

This flies in the face of the attempt by Europe´s ruling elite to create a socialist super-state. The European Union aims to eradicate national identity and state sovereignty in favor of a Continental federation. The EU seeks to forge a new world order based on multilateralism, the dominance of international institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, and the projection of soft power. This leftist globalist worldview underlines European hostility to President Bush. He is everything they despise: a unilateralist, a cowboy and a patriot. In the eyes of most Europeans, Mr. Bush is a dangerous right-winger because he puts America´s national interest first and foremost.

The liberal media are trying to portray Mr. Obama´s warm reception abroad as a powerful sign he is capable of being a world leader. As usual, they are wrong. Europe´s socialists love Mr. Obama because he is one of them.


...you represent your country's demos, not the other's.

MORE:
Obama's Eloquence Fatigue (George Will, 8/03/08, Real Clear Politics)

Does Obama have the sort of adviser a candidate most needs -- someone sufficiently unenthralled to tell him when he has worked one pedal on the organ too much? If so, Obama should be told: Enough, already, with the we-are-who-we-have-been-waiting-for rhetorical cotton candy that elevates narcissism to a political philosophy.

And no more locutions such as "citizen of the world" and "global citizenship." If they meant anything in Berlin, they meant that Obama wanted Berliners to know that he is proudly cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitanism is not, however, a political asset for American presidential candidates. Least of all is it an asset for Obama, one of whose urgent needs is to seem comfortable with America's vibrant and very un-European patriotism, which is grounded in a sense of virtuous exceptionalism.

Otherwise, "citizen of the world" and "global citizenship" are, strictly speaking, nonsense. Citizenship is defined by legal and loyalty attachments to a particular political entity with a distinctive regime and culture. Neither the world nor the globe is such an entity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2008 9:07 AM

"Demos"--a way of saying "folk," for the squeamish.

At least we happy few here, as well as the two writers above, understand how the Effendi stands as a folk-enemy.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 3, 2008 11:30 AM

He'd never do it, but wouldn't be fun to see John McCain put out an ad in German? "Just speaking to his base of support" would be the response as to why.

Posted by: pjbbuzz [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2008 1:34 PM

Major Strasser: What is your nationality?

Rick: I'm a drunkard.

Captain Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.

Posted by: George at August 3, 2008 2:47 PM

Cosmopolitan and Citizen of the World does not get you elected as President of France. Why is any one surprised that it doesn't work here either?

Those folks must be in too tight a bubble to get that basic fact.

Posted by: Mikey at August 3, 2008 3:07 PM
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