1By Jay Clarke
Something is wrong with Barack Obama. We all know it. We all see it. When
he speaks about America, Americans cringe. There is a strangeness to his
manner, an unease when he talks about America. He appears awkward and
uncomfortable. His speech seems performed and practiced yet, oddly halting.
It's reminiscent of American POW's in Vietnam or Iraq reading a forced
confession. His eyes, expressions, and vocal tone are disconnected from his
words. The words themselves often sound American, but the delivery is
clinical and detached. His attempts at patriotic sentiment ring hollow and
phony. "Once again, with feeling!" is how Americans are left feeling. He
just doesn't seem right. He doesn't seem like, well...one of us.
Before anyone "goes there" and makes accusations of racism, this is about a
pervasive, nagging, national perception that Barack Obama does not
intuitively understand or appreciate America or Americans. Not our past.
Not our present or future. He just doesn't act or sound like an American.
In fact, there are good reasons and ample evidence for why.
For many of us, "being an American" was a normal part of our collective
upbringing. We learned it in school. We said the Pledge of Allegiance
every morning right alongside our teachers. Even in liberal Southern
California the day began with the Pledge often followed by singing "God
Bless America" or "America the Beautiful." Annual "Flag Ceremonies" were
held with quotations from the Declaration of Independence and patriotic
songs performed by the student body, in public, for parents and passersby to
enjoy. There were even songs that mentioned God. Christmas was celebrated
, in school. It was understood that God was integral to the founding of
America and that The Creator was the true source of our liberties. Schools
reinforced parental authority, being a good citizen, and responsibility to
God. Religion was never preached or taught, but it was also never
denigrated and never censored.
Public school teachers and administrators modeled patriotism for their
students. It was part of growing up in America. Honoring America. Being
an American. The 4th of July was a community celebration. We stood with
parents, neighbors, and friends and together celebrated America. We learned
early on to revere the Stars and Stripes. The Flag was sacred. Many of
our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers had fought for it in wars
past and were fighting for it in Vietnam. Many had died and would die for
the American Flag and the people and ideals it represented. We saw the
sacrifices on the nightly news with continual pictures of dead American
soldiers and the daily "body count" recited.
From the World War II Generation to those who lived and fought through Korea
, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan today's Americans are those who know, all
too well, the price of freedom. Our children and grandchildren witnessed
the attacks of September 11, 2001. The memory of distraught parents,
difficult dinnertime conversations, and the ensuing War on Terror shaped
their youth and young adult years.
These and many other shared experiences before and since have created
generations of Americans who cherish this land, this idea that is America.
They do so with heart and soul. Standing on cue they remove their hats,
place their hands over their hearts or salute, and then choke back the tears
as the Star-Spangled Banner is played. They are Americans within the very
fiber of their being.
Naturalized citizens often display this same love of country, for many have
escaped oppressive regimes or economic hopelessness to come to America and
be adopted as America's sons and daughters. They came seeking their
American Dream, the freedom and opportunity to build a better life for
themselves and their families. There's a common, deep, and intimate
connection that Americans feel for their country. The soul of America is
maintained in the hearts of its people, fiercely loyal to the vision of our
Founders and the ideas and precepts of our founding documents.
These same kinds of experiences did not shape the young Barack Obama. His
mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was an atheist and politically extreme. At the
age of 6 the future president was ushered off to Indonesia where he attended
school registered as a Muslim, recited the Quran in Arabic, and learned how
to be a good Muslim. In these studies, he would have learned that all non-
Muslims were infidels worthy of deception and ultimately, death. Christians
and Jews were the enemy. Despite what Obama may say, the United States
remains a Christian nation with a strong Jewish population and deep ties to
Israel. Judeo-Christian principles helped form and continue to influence
our national identity with many signers of the Declaration of Independence
having been clergy or devout Christians. America remains home to the
largest Christian population in the world. What bigger infidel could there
be than America?
Obama's teen years were spent living with his maternal grandparents on the
Hawaiian island of Oahu. There he met a family friend, communist, purported
pedophile, and his eventual mentor, the radical poet Frank Marshall Davis.
Obama's connections to radical leftists are numerous and well-known. He's
admitted to attending socialist meetings and participated in a rally
organized by the Democratic Socialists of America. In 1996, he sought and
received the endorsement of the far left group The New Party. He has worked
with, supported, and attempted to shield from investigation the group ACORN
which was recently convicted of massive voter fraud. Obama's White House
is chock-full of radical leftist, anti-American advisors. As a 20-year
attendee at Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama was
steeped in Black Liberation Theology which is rooted in the collectivist
philosophy of Karl Marx. Marx's most oft-quoted excerpt from his work "
Critique of the Gotha Programme" seems to foreshadow the future President
Obama's stated belief in wealth redistribution: "From each according to his
ability, to each according to his needs."
The reason that Americans feel unease when Barack Obama talks about America
is that he is talking about a different America. His words are carefully
chosen and crafted to sound American, but the hidden meaning is much more
malevolent. His goal is "fundamentally transforming the United States of
America" into a nation where social justice reigns and injustice is counted
as fairness and equity. He seeks a nation of redistribution where those who
succeed through hard work, honest enterprise, financial investment, time,
energy, and risk are rewarded with government confiscation of the fruits of
their labor. His is a country where communication systems, travel corridors
, and private property are tightly controlled by the State. It's a country
where education is state-run and curricula are state-mandated. In a fully
implemented Obama-nation, it would be illegal to pass the accumulation of
one's lifetime on to heirs. This is the America of Karl Marx's dreams.
Barack Obama does not sound like an American because Obama's heart and soul
are not American in nature. His thoughts are not American. His attitude
and philosophy are not American. He cannot speak from the heart about
America because America does not reside there. With a Muslim upbringing, a
radical family, radical mentor, a myriad of radical connections, radical
advisors, a radical theology, and some say a radical spouse, it's no wonder.
Obama's agenda is informed by Marx and guided by years of close associations
with extreme individuals and groups whose stated goals are the demise of
America and America's influence in the world. When he says he wants to "
fundamentally transform America," he is dead serious.
For the first time in all of American history, we are at the mercy of an un-
American American President.
May God truly bless the United States of America.
Jay Clarke is a businessman and lifelong conservative from Southern
California. He's a proud husband, father, and grandfather.