The ‘Shining City Upon a Hill’ Becomes a ‘Common Community on a Plain’

President Obama’s long-awaited speech to the Muslim world in Cairo has concluded, and he had some great, pro-America stuff:

We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.”

We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.

Oh, sorry, that was from Reagan’s “Shining City Upon a Hill” speech he gave as California Governor to the first ever CPAC in 1974.

Obama said this:

“Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.”

A “Shining city upon a hill” has become a “Common community on a plain.”

But America did get a good shout-out from Obama:

The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores – that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average.

Given the horrid economic destination the U.S. is being driven to, it sounds like our last, best hope to make a living might first be to convert to Islam.

I won’t go into the “we should seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons” part. No matter what your opinion of Obama, this kind of talk is reckless fantasy and dangerously naive.

A transcript of Obama’s entire speech is here. You be the judge.

Obama did offer passages where he defended America, and some of it was eloquent, but at the same time, the way Obama frames his “defenses” of America makes him sound Tina Turner telling her friends, “Yeah, there’s that, but he’s a pretty good provider and not a bad cook either. You just need to get to know him!”

And call me crazy, but I’m not comfortable with somebody who is on a quest to find “common ground” between free nations and theocratic governments where women are oppressed, human rights are nonexistent and homosexuals are hanged (and the anti Prop 8 crowd voted overwhelmingly for the man who’s trying to find “common ground” with these countries? Is “common ground” on this to only half-hang gays?).

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