What Obama Said About America Will Make Your Stomach Turn
Barack Obama is still at it.
The former President continues to attach traditional American values.
And what he said about America on the Fourth of July crossed the line.
Obama was speaking in Indonesia – a country where he spent part of his childhood – and used the occasion to blast Donald Trump and nationalists.
The Guardian reports:
“The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.Critics were appalled.
“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.
But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.
“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.
“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence.”
It is impossible to read these remarks as anything other than an attack on Donald Trump.
Obama was using the occasion of America’s birthday to attack the current President while on foreign soil.
It was an unbelievable break with tradition.
And politics stops at the water’s edge.
Politicians do not travel to other countries and rip the President.
Officials are expected to show national unity when visiting other nations.
But Obama tossed that out the window because he is – at heart – a globalist.
It did not go unnoticed that on the nation’s birthday he smeared those who believe in the concept of national identity as being bigots and racists.
For all the talk about Trump destroying norms, it’s Obama who is tearing down concepts that have sustained America political life.
The country can only have on President at a time.
Trump is who speaks for America.
But Obama is muddying these waters by presenting an alternative voice.
For all of his faults, George W. Bush recognized this.
He said he owed Obama his silence and refrained from commenting on his affairs for his two terms in office.
Obama is destroying this tradition.
His loyalty has always been with