What Was That About Leading By Example?

Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example. — BO, to the U.N.

I didn’t catch BO’s U.N. speech, but I caught some of Fox’s coverage and punditry and a round table on CNN with James Carville.  From Fox, I got that BO had insulted Israel and aimed us on a course for disaster with his naivete, and from CNN, I got that BO had single-handedly established global peace and prosperity during the course of that speech.  Obviously, thought I, the truth had to be somewhere in the middle.  I also wondered why Carville, like so many libs, complains that nothing’s being accomplished in Afghanistan when it’s the dems who ensure that we can’t send the troops, support, and supplies needed to actually accomplish anything.  But that’s another rant for another day.

I decided to go ahead and read BO’s speech (linked above) because I’m pretty sick of listening to him speak these days.  The over-saturation campaign he’s been on has worn me down, and I just can’t bear to look at him or hear his voice at the moment.  Maybe if I can get some BO-free time, I’ll be able to watch and listen again.  No promises.

So I read it.  And I liked it.  A lot.  He wasn’t as vague and abstract as usual, which was a pleasant surprise, and he seemed to have a good plan outlined for the future of the world–which is odd, because part of his plan is that he won’t make a plan because he’s the American president and therefore shouldn’t take a leading role in the world.  But that’s typical of BO double-speak, he’s good at saying one thing and then saying (and doing) the exact opposite.  He’s actually making it quite the art form.  Remember how he chided the right for using “scare tactics” about the healthcare debate and then proceeded to tell us that we would all surely go bankrupt, lose our homes, and die if we didn’t jump on board with his plan?  Typical.

Anyway, so as he’s dictating the terms for the future of the world, he’s making some sense.  I mean peace is good, economic stability is also good. Preserving the planet . . . another check in the “good” column.  I’m not so crazy about the non-proliferation and disarmament thing, but only because I don’t think that it’s possible given the loons who are dabbling with nukes these days (ahem, North Korea and Iran).  And on this he was back to his usual vague abstractions, saying that America will not tolerate any country not jumping on board and tossing their nukes out the window and that “they must be held accountable.”

What exactly that means is anyone’s guess, but as he’s promised that we’ll not have nukes, I guess we’re going to combat their nukes with our famous “improvised armored” trucks.  You remember the ones, the richest country in the world provided our military with crappy, unarmored vehicles to go to war in, and our troops had to afix blankets, pillows, kevlar vests, and scrap metal to the sides of vehicles because Congress (who swear they “support our troops”) wouldn’t approve funds for proper armored vehicles.  Wonder why we’re not doing so well over there?

So I’m reading along, quite moved that BO sounds almost presidential for a change (there are touches of the campaign speech, of course, but that’s all he knows, so I’m getting used to it, even as I don’t think it’s presidential, and there is an awful lot of self-congratulatory nonsense about how he’s changed the world in a mere 9 months, but again, that’s not unusual).

Imagine my surprise, then, when I finally get to page 7 and find the following:

This Assembly’s Charter commits each of us — and I quote — “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women.” Among those rights is the freedom to speak your mind and worship as you please; the promise of equality of the races, and the opportunity for women and girls to pursue their own potential; the ability of citizens to have a say in how you are governed, and to have confidence in the administration of justice. For just as no nation should be forced to accept the tyranny of another nation, no individual should be forced to accept the tyranny of their own people. (Applause.)

As an African American, I will never forget that I would not be here today without the steady pursuit of a more perfect union in my country. And that guides my belief that no matter how dark the day may seem, transformative change can be forged by those who choose to side with justice. And I pledge that America will always stand with those who stand up for their dignity and their rights — for the student who seeks to learn; the voter who demands to be heard; the innocent who longs to be free; the oppressed who yearns to be equal.

Say what?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  He’s standing there preaching to the assembled world leaders that people deserve the freedom to speak their mind and express dissent.  Jaw-dropping.  Isn’t this the same guy who wanted American citizens turned in to the White House for speaking out against his government option?  The same guy who said that anyone who doesn’t want a government takeover of the healthcare system is “misinformed,” wants to retain the status quo, and/or isn’t offering any other solutions?  The same guy who fled Washington when the Tea Party Express arrived to protest “his plan” and the massive spending that he’s undertaken in such a short time?  The same guy who’s appointed a “diversity” czar to shut down right-wing radio (and possibly television and the internet)?  Un-friggin’-believable. 

He also told these assembled world leaders that citizens should have “a say in how they governed”?  Again, say what?  Isn’t this the same guy who is ignoring (when he’s not belittling and insulting) the huge outcry against his plan to take over our healthcare system?  Who seems to approve of Congress using the nuclear option to go against the wishes of the people?  (Though granted, this does remain to seen, but I can’t imagine him not signing it if it lands on his desk.)  And this is about 1/6 of our economy, and something that people feel very strongly about.  When’s he planning on listening to the citizens of his own country?  You know, we voters “who demand to be heard”?

Clean your own house, BO, before you start dictating to others.  You know, “lead by example.”


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