If we only agree to ignore every difference between people, countries, languages, religions and beliefs, and embrace his socialist dream with sufficient ardor, we can defeat terrorism, says Barack Obama. Whoopee.
“People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time,” he declared.
“The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand,” Obama said, speaking not far from where the Berlin Wall once divided the city.
“The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand,” he said.
Policies to make this pie-in-the-sky socialist dream come true were, true to Obama form, completely absent.
Well, perhaps it’s not fair to say completely absent… Obama’s position in favor of allowing warrantless wiretaps shows that he’s more than willing to simply continue the Bush-Cheney police state with a new, friendly, hope-and-change face.
Meanwhile, the adulatory worship of Obama’s platitudes is picking up in Europe as well:
One man yelled out in English, “Yes, we can,” the senator’s campaign refrain, when he emerged from his car to enter his hotel.
Well of course. Eight years of Bush have indeed proven “we can.” The question isn’t whether more of the same is possible — the question is, can we survive it with our civil liberties intact?
“But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more, not less.”
Oh, there’s your answer. We cannot allow pesky parochial American concepts like the first, second, fourth, tenth and fourteenth amendments — or indeed the US Constitution — to overshadow our “global citizens’ responsibility” to, well, do whatever the ruling bureaucracies of Europe and the US decide we should do.
“Change?” Not really.