Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
I’m ready to start breaking things. Apparently Barack Obama is not content to simply go to war with one of the United States – Arizona – for trying to protect its citizens and its borders. He has just taken the unprecedented step of indicting his own country on the international stage as well. The Obama Administration continued its long-running American guilt trip last month when he apologized to the United Nations for America's human rights record. That’s right. In an attempt to curry favor with his America-hating radical base, our president has once again fallen on the sword for more American transgressions before a United Nations body which has a history of exaulting and granting emeritus status to polpot dictators, terrorists, thugs and tyrants around the globe.
The president’s first-ever report on U.S. human rights abuses to the U.N. Human Rights Council was full of more apologetic material – lamenting the transgressions of a country with one of the planet’s best human rights records. Our man-child president used the report to apologize for and bash a state for simply trying to protect its borders, as though that in and of itself is some sort of “human rights” violation. In the process, he took the first step of transferring jurisdiction of the Arizona issue to the UN. The report, which is dripping in self-flagellating guilt and sounds like an Obama campaign speech, refers to “the original flaw” of the U.S. Constitution, America’s tolerance for slavery (never mind the fact that we ended slavery on the planet), and a San Francisco-style version of our supposed long and despicable history of discriminating against and oppressing minorities, women, homosexuals, and the handicapped – the usual victims. After each apology, he pats himself on the back for such initiatives as ending “torture,” promoting Affirmative Action, and passing health care legislation. The man is delusional. But this is only the latest in a long pattern of apologizing he has made on behalf of the greatest country in the history of this planet – and I for one am sick and tired of it.
Since taking office, President Obama has made a habit of loading his teleprompter with apologies and regret for American behavior of past years. In a 2009 interview with Al Arabiya, Obama accused America of dictating rather than listening; that we are not perfect and make mistakes. At the G20 in London, Obama blamed America’s regulatory system for the world’s economic crisis. In Germany’s Der Spiegel, he blamed Bush for the crisis. On April 3, 2009 in Strasbourg, France, Obama accused America of being arrogant, dismissive, and derisive. At the Summit of the Americas in Spain, Obama scolded America for being disengaged and dictating its terms. In Latin American newspapers he lamented that the U.S. has not pursued and sustained engagement with its neighbors in the past. We’ve apparently been too imperialistic, with an aggressive policy of expansionism, extending our political and economic influence around the globe.
Obama’s litany of “I’m sorry’s” follows on the heels of decades of liberal guilt over everything from the success of capitalism to stealing Native American land to using too many kilowatts to ending slavery to dropping a bomb on Hiroshima. If America did it, it was wrong, and we must apologize. I’ve yet to hear our president give a speech on all the things our country has done right. I’ve yet to see the teleprompter explain why it is that the entire world strives to live in or be like America. I have yet to hear the President of the United States say the words, “I am proud of my country.” The reason is simple – he isn’t.
The Oval Office is no place for namby-pamby self-flagellation. Obama’s grand, global apology tours aren’t presidential, and they serve only to weaken our country. This ritual of formal apologies most likely grew out of the transition from an attitude of pride in America to an attitude of shame, a feeling that this country is the world's primary villain. I will never understand it. President Bush once said, “I will never apologize for the United States, ever.” Compare that with a president who can’t seem to stop apologizing.
Before we allow the party of Nancy Pelosi to impose a guilty verdict on 20th Century America for its arrogance and imperialistic evils, let’s take a deep breath and take a step back for a moment. It was American “aggression” which helped end slavery, genocide, Fascism, Nazism, and a few other unpleasant institutions and regimes. Is there a need to apologize for our sacrifices over two world wars and our Marshal Plan to rebuild Europe? If so "excuse us" for Europe's confusion of arrogance with leadership. The evidence of American sacrifice literally litters the rest of the world.
There are 5,329 white crosses spread across a neatly-manicured grass lawn at the American Cemetery in Ardennes, Belgium. Our uncle Sonny lost his life during the Battle of the Bulge in an effort to free the Europe to whom we are now apologizing. His is one of those crosses.
There are 4,410 white crosses at the American Cemetery at Brittany, France, not far from where Obama apologized for our being arrogant, dismissive, and derisive.
In Brookwood , England, a short drive from where Obama apologized to the G20, the American cemetery houses 468 American patriots who fought to keep Britain free during the Blitz. There are another 3,812 in Cambridge, England. I heard not one word from the teleprompter about those men. There are another 5.525 in the American cemetery at Epinal, France, yet it took a French president to say, “The men and women of my generation heard their parents talk about how in 1944, America returned to free Europe from the horrifying tyranny that threatened to enslave it.”
There are 4,402 American soldiers buried outside Florence, Italy, 7,992 more in Belgium, 10,489 in Lorraine, France, 5,076 in Luxembourg, 14,246 in Meuse-Argonne, France, 8,301 in the Netherlands, 9,387 in Normandy, France, 7,861 in Sicily, and tens of thousands more across the very Europe our president is apologizing to. I’ve travelled to every U.S. state but have yet to see a cemetery full of patriots from other countries who gave their lives for America.
Sadly, the U.S. apology tour isn’t over. Obama’s apology to the United Nations will now have the effect of putting this great nation on trial before the international community – a dream of New World Order socialists like Barack. Now the French, Japanese, and Cameroon diplomats who receive the report will draw up a plan of action for the United States to implement. Nations’ human rights records are re-examined every four years. The Human Rights Council looks for voluntary compliance with their ultimate recommendations. However, as the U.N. website asserts, “The Human Rights Council will decide on the measures it would need to take in case of persistent non-cooperation by a State with the World Body.”
The problem with all this self-guilt and all these apologies is that the world really doesn’t hate America as much as the radicals and community organizers from whom Obama received his education and training do. The United States has nothing to apologize for to any freedom-loving country or individual. It is the likes of Reagan, Bush, Truman and Churchill, who have done the unthinkable, conquering true evil and communist dictators to free souls. I would like to officially apologize for President of the United States of America and his never-ending string of apologies against the country which most of the world strives to emulate. He does not speak for me or any of the 100 million Americans who will strongly show their displeasure with his liberal childishness at the polls this November.