Monday, June 08, 2009

Obama's Cairo speech: Shaming and embarrassing America

Wes Pruden:

"Mr. Obama's revelation of his 'inner Muslim' in Cairo reveals much about who he is. He is our first president without an instinctive appreciation of the culture, history, tradition, common law and literature whence America sprang.

The genetic imprint writ large in his 43 predecessors is missing from the Obama DNA. He no doubt meant no offense in returning that bust of Churchill ('Who he?') or imagining that a DVD of American movies was appropriate in an exchange of state gifts with Gordon Brown. Nor did he likely understand why it was an offense against history (and good manners) to agree to the exclusion of the Queen from Saturday's commemoration of the Anglo-American liberation of France. Kenya simply routed Kansas.

The great Cairo grovel accomplished nothing beyond the humiliation of the president and the embarrassment of his constituents, few of whom share his need to put America on its knees before its enemies. No president before him has ever shamed us so. We must never forget it."



  1. Say, you wouldn't mind posting some quotes from his speech that would be "groveling" would you?

  2. Yes, I would.

    It's not my job to act as your instructor.

    Why don't ask Mr. Pruden directly?

    A link to his e-mail is provided at the article's web page.

  3. Oh. Ok.

    Forgive me for thinking that you'd take responsibility for what you post on your blog.

    You often cast aside my opinions, thoughts, and facts as 'academically unworthy,' yet you won't even attempt to defend your own assertions. Forgive me for believing that you were not hypocrite.

    Forgive me for believing the description in your header, you know, where you promise subjects and then your subsequent opinions. I guess, looking back through your posts, you rarely do anything besides copy and paste.

    You see, I'm not requesting instruction. Crazy as it might seem, I'm genuinely interested in your perspective. I take my news from a variety of sources and I thought that I might try your blog for a bit. I had an idea that you might be interested in real discussion. I hope this is the case and I hope that, unless I indicate otherwise, you don't assume sarcasm or an 'attitude.' My questions are honest, I want to understand your point of view.

  4. You are the type who wouldn't understand the impact of "context, word choice, and underlying messages" in the choice of words and actions if those things were animate object that came right up to you and smacked you over the head with a big stick.

    I can't teach that to you. You have to learn it.

    In this case, start by reading Pruden's article again. Read the Obama quotes, Pruden's descriptions, and his analysis.

    You are obviously a product of our government school system, where Learning To Think, and Critical Analysis are no longer taught.

    It's not my fault that the system has failed you.....miserably, it seems.


    In his speech, Obama proclaimed:
    "Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace."

    Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11; apparently, Obama learned nothing.

  6. It's difficult Bubba, when Pruden just lies....

    Pruden: "While conceding the mote in American eyes, he said almost nothing about the beam that blinds Muslim eyes. "

    Obama: "But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire

    Sounds a lot like "Blame America First."

    Or when Pruden agrees with Obama but claims that they don't.

    Pruden: "It's not "a world order" that elevates America, but events. No other country is as generous, as forgiving, as willing to sacrifice blood and bone when the world calls for help. If not America, who? Hasn't the president heard? "

    Obama: "The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words – within our borders, and around the world. We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

    Or when Obama is right and Pruden wrong pompous.

    Pruden: "Mr. Obama even attributed the Golden Rule, from the teachings of Christ, to "every religion."

    Pruden forgets that the Golden Rule is stated in various forms in many religions. He also forgets that it is first stated in Leviticus, before the time of Christ.

  7. "I can't teach that to you. You have to learn it."

    I don't want you to teach me anything. I just want to you tell me what you think and why you think it. I don't want Wes Pruden's thoughts. I want your thoughts. Or do you have any of your own?

  8. My thoughts?

    You have delusions of academic and intellectual adequacy. I'm sure I'm not the first to tell you that.

    Your commentary on Pruden's work is patently absurd, and doesn't even merit further comment.Your penchant for the use of non sequitur is beyond astounding.

    But we knew that already, based on our past experience with you, didn't we?

    You need to do MUCH better. I doubt you're capable of such, however.

  9. "You have delusions of academic and intellectual adequacy."

    You'll need to stop projecting.

  10. "You'll need to stop projecting."


    We're done here, too.

  11. Yes Bubba, we're done here. You never fail to avoid debating an issue, always resorting to ad hominem.

  12. It appears that rahrah, when confronted with the evidence for which he asked, merely ignores it and continues on down the merry path of sycophancy...err..sycophantsy? Ummm...slavish obedience to his Master and Messiah...

  13. Right, jaycee, Because I didn't go through and address Pruden's points, exposing them for what they are.

    Clearly, you guys are the ones without the ability to see beyond your preconceived notions.

    If anyone here would exhibit critical thinking skills (assuming they exist), we could have thoughtful discussion. I do not in any way believe that I am always right, nor do I fear admitting error or changing my mind. However, I won't without reason and a sound argument.

    I don't know how I can be more clear. I want different perspectives from my own so I don't grow lazy in checking my assumptions and growing in my philosophy.

  14. OK, rahrah, so you asked for evidence and you got it.
    I believe an apology from you to Bubba is in order.
    Or don't you Dems believe in being gentlemen?

  15. Don't take this is as a confrontational comment...but I don't see where evidence was offered. If you could point me in the right direction?