Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama in Berlin

A few thoughts on the Obama speech.

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. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.

He seems to be unusually keen on requiring people to do the things he thinks they ought to, regardless of whether or not they want to- in Obama's world apparently, there is no choice.

The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

Good luck with that whole Muslim-Jewish thing, Barack. Any hint has to how you're going to change centuries long anti-Semitism in the Muslim world? Note too how he's opposed to walls between natives and immigrants- open borders if he's elected President.

This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

I'd like to see how he goes about this considering that Russia seems intent on retaining its nuclear arsenal and that Iran refuses to stop its nuclear program. Does he think that unilaterally disarming will make the rest of the world suddenly have warm, fuzzy feelings about the US?

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably.

This is a gem- free trade has made numerous countries wealthy but now is the time to stop that and start taking the money from those who have earned it and giving it away. A little bit of communism to ruin it all. Brilliant.

Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

He's going to stop the weather? There is no end to his divine abilities.

Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don't look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?

Again with the open borders talk- twice in one speech. Somehow I can't see him securing America's porous borders despite the national security threat it poses.

Oh yeah, and there was some hope mentioned too, not just any old hope though, "improbable hope".

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