Rudy Giuliani says he doesn’t know if Barack Obama loves America. That is big government propaganda.
I assume that everyone has heard the ruckus about Rudy Giuliani, the media’s favorite pseudo-conservative, say that… Well, here is the quotation reproduced by New York Magazine:
I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America … He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.
I completely agree that Obama’s background is relevant to the question of what his motives and goals are for the country and the reason he has those motives and goals. I mean, how many people get introduced to a pornographer, pervert, and Marxist as children? The president’s grandfather just happens to have a friendship with Frank Marshall Davis, the President just happens to move to Chicago to get started in his political career, and now his chief of staff, Valerie Jarrett just happens to come from a family connected to Frank Marshall Davis and his politics.
But I still don’t think a contest on who truly loves America or who loves America most can do any good.
See, unless “love America” is defined as loyalty to the substance of, and respect for the limits set by the Constitution, then I don’t care how a person feels about America. Did George W. Bush love America? Is that Giuliani’s point?
If so, I think it is time we had a little reminder from Samuel Johnson, because “love of America” sounds about the same as “patriotism.” And patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
The bottom line here is that unconstitutional Presidential wars, unconstitutional spying, and unconstitutional detentions are always justified in the name of loving America. I don’t want a dictator who doesn’t love America replaced by a dictator who loves America. I want a Constitutional President.
As much as I hate to say it, it is perfectly possible to imagine a Progressive loving America. The United States, sadly, has a rich Leftist history. Leftism has been choking our public life and institutions for a long time. A socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. Leftist Arlo Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land,” a Socialist anthem. American culture is now full of this stuff; it is part of the culture.
So yeah, maybe Barack Obama “loves America” because he loves that stuff.
It doesn’t matter. What we want is a love of the ideals of limited government, self-governing society, and liberty. Love of America on any other terms, whether by Democrats or Republicans, is unacceptable.