During the 2008 presidential race, the Obama campaign issued a weekly "American Values Report," which featured "Meet Barack" and "Meet Michelle" editions. Mr. Obama's use of the "our values" rhetoric first got my attention when, at a press conference in Turkey in April of 2009, Mr. Obama assured President Gul that the United States was Islam-friendly. Though the U.S. has "a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values," explained Obama.
Since Obama is not referring to our Judeo-Christian ideals and values, what on earth is he talking about? The untethered progressive values of hope, change, tolerance, peace, unity, etc. come to mind. Presumably, the "ideals" and "values" of the left somehow have the power to bind together a country of citizens.
According to Obama, those same "American values" also demand Miranda rights for jihad terrorists captured in foreign countries. Civilian court indictments and constitutional trial rights in federal court in the United States for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al. naturally are in accordance with our values.
Our ideals and values also render the enhanced interrogation techniques of the Bush administration "torture." Regardless of potential life-saving information possessed by a captured terrorist, our American values allow for only constitutional protections and police-citizen-type questioning.
Mr. Obama recently reminded us that our American values must allow for the building of a mosque and Islamic center a stone's throw from the former Twin Towers. Obama also invoked our American values to denounce the planned burning of the Quran by an American citizen protesting the proposed 9/11 mosque. Obama decreed that such an expression of protest would be "contrary" to our "American values." No free speech tolerated there.
A pattern is beginning to emerge. Our American values happen to coincide with the ideological worldview of President Obama. When Obama touts "our American values," odds are that he is advancing their very opposites. When our American values call for self-preservation, Obama calls for terrorists' rights. When our American values call for traditional morality, Obama appoints someone like Kevin Jennings as "safe school czar" for children. When our American values call for border enforcement, Obama sees millions of potential Democrat voters. And so on. The ironies of the Obama administration are like a series of never-ending waves crashing upon us. (Continues here)