Friday, January 28, 2011

 

Among Jay Nordlinger's thoughts on the SOTU:
I hate this us-against-the-world stuff. Like we’re in some kind of economic Olympics with other countries. It’s not true. Prosperity, economic vitality, is a shared blessing; it is not zero-sum. We rejoice in others’ success, and we continue to succeed our own bad selves. Small, small, what Obama is saying. I have a feeling he does not comprehend abundance.

America is bigger than envying, or worrying about, other countries. I’m reminded tonight of the 1988 Democratic primaries — when Gephardt and Dukakis and those guys kept talking about the rising sun (Japan), whose heat would melt us all. Cripe.

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“. . . America’s standing has been restored.” What a self-flattering, ignorant, and disgusting line.

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“. . . on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keep[] its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.” That’s tellin’ ’em, Barack! We insist.

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“This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas.” Could someone tell this self-flattering so-and-so, who thinks the world began with his presidency, that we have had alliances with those countries for many years? I saw José Napoleón Duarte — does Obama even know who he was? — kiss the American flag, on the White House lawn.

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This speech is unbelievably rah-rah-America. If a Republican gave it, the Left would call it jingoistic, ethnocentric, chauvinistic, flag-waving, maybe McCarthyite. But Obama can get away with it.

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From here on out — from now until Election Day — it’ll be super-patriotism all the way. Obama will make Curtis LeMay look like a pinko. We wondered whether Obama was as flexible as Clinton. I think Obama may prove silly putty itself.