I too wish that Obama had more practical experience in government. But
Washington is at a stalemate and needs fresh eyes and a new start. Furthermore,
at this point in American history, with an ill-conceived, wasteful war dragging
on in Iraq and with the nation’s world reputation in tatters, I believe that,
because of his international heritage and upbringing, Obama is the right person
at the right time.
This lead neoconservative Abe Greenwald to write this howler:
(Got that? Not only do all other countries love the US; but if you think they don't, you're crazy, man. Anyway, the amount of delusion here, and in some of the comments that follow, is a little too sad to make fun of anymore. But, there are some good comments that reflect what I've found while living abroad.)
"If Ms. Paglia finds the U.S.’s “reputation in
tatters,” she’s describing some internal or personal state of
1. "I live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. This is the richest town, in the richest state or province in North America. I am not jealous of any heavily indebted fat southerner.We have oil here, and I make a lot of money, partly because of a mistake of half of the American people, who voted for a war monger as “commander in chief”. Before GWB, I loved the USA, and travelled there all the time. Most Canadians had a generally favourable view of our powerful neighbor too. Very few Canadians would vote for a GWB type character, he is too abrasive and conservative for us. On 911, I cried for America. Real tears. On the build up to the Iraq war, I could not understand what was going on, and tried like hell to understand. One day, about a month before the invasion, I woke up and saw what was going on. The good ol’ boys are running out of oil, and there is plenty left under the sand in the middle east. Better to have the American military sit on it, before China gets any ideas. No sir, you will have to work very very hard to find a Cheney/Bush fan in wealthy Canadian oil country."
I should probably note that Alberta is often called the Texas of Canada, and it's partly because they're often more conservative than people in the other provinces. So, this says something too.
And then there's this one:
2. "Utter nonsense. Writing from Europe, America’s reputation has not been more tattered than since well before the Vietnam War. Europeans were mockingly critical of Bush right after his first election. Almost without exception, they stood with and behind America after 9/11. They largely abhorred the war in Iraq and they grew increasingly distrustful of the Bush administration in 2003 and 2004. Most of them chalked this up to a rogue administration. And then they were absolutely aghast when the Americans voted Bush back in. At that pivotal moment, Europeans questioned the ultimate nature of the American character, and they began to deeply suspect Americans generally. I’m referring to people in their 60s whose families were liberated in France, Germans in Berlin who were fed thanks to the Airlift and many scores elsewhere who enjoyed a youth or adulthood safe from
Communist aggression, and had every reason to respect and admire and be grateful to America. Precisely these people now believe that there is very little to
emulate in America now.
"Obama is well liked in Europe because he is exceptionally bright. That would be major change number 1. He is compassionate, and dedicated years of his life to the underclass and the underprivileged. This is also a major change. He has risen to where he is today through his hard work, his extraordinary capabilities and his capacity to marshall committed support from millions, as opposed to his marriage, his family or his personal wealth. He is idealistic and is able to draw upon a diversity in his constituents that has never before been seen in US politics. He stunningly fails to incorporate the ‘one liner’ hack soundbite style-before-substance politics America is famous for. He largely rejects the most vivid examples that separate America from Europe, including the death penalty, the Iraq war, torture and the polarization between the well off and the most poor. His American individualism - a trait still admired in Europe - is tempered with both personal and political efforts to ensure that all Americans benefit from the chances and opportunity available in the United States."
"In short, he represents about as much of a rejection of the loathed Bush as one could possibly imagine. Electing him would do more here to restore faith in America and the will of its population to achieve the highest American ideals than another Marshall Plan."
Like I said.
Okay, so of course, Obama isn't going to be the messiah, and he's probably not going to end the fustercluck in Iraq. But, let me throw down the gauntlet here a bit and repeat that I think voting for Obama is a profoundly patriotic statement, while voting for McCain simply is not.