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David Limbaugh attacks with a strength and gusto lacking in much current conservative writing.
Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack
By David Limbaugh
(Regnery, 503 Pages, $29.95)
Here’s attorney David Limbaugh’s opening salvo, fired in the first sentence of this strongly written and thoroughly researched bill of particulars: “This book is about a young presidency— young, but already the most destructive in American history.”
“Since his first day in office,” Obama has worked to “‘transform’ the country into a land consistent with his socialist, secular, multicultural vision.” He views America, writes Limbaugh, as a country that has failed “sufficiently to atone for its racial sins,” subscribes to “an antiquated and discriminatory system of values,” has an economic system “that fosters an ‘inequitable’ distribution of wealth,” consumes “a disproportionate share of the world’s resources,” and exercises its power in the world “imperialistically.”
In pursuit of his vision for a transformed country, Limbaugh charges, Obama is wreaking havoc with “America’s culture, its Constitution, and in every sector of the American economy (save the public sector)”; and while “holding himself out as a post-partisan, post-racial president, he has exacerbated racial tensions, inflamed partisan divisiveness, engaged in acrimonious class warfare, and demonized anyone to the political right of the late Ted Kennedy.”
Limbaugh proceeds to lay out the particulars of his indictment, attacking with strength and a gusto lacking in much current conservative writing, documenting Obama’s offenses against the law, including his administration’s concept of race-based justice, as witness “his stunning protection of the New Black Panther Party”; his attempts “to redistribute wealth among Americans in ways he believes are fair”; pushing through “socialized medicine against the will of the people”; and attempting a “redistribution of America’s resources to other nations to further settle what he perceives as our injustices toward the world.”
Moreover, Limbaugh writes, Obama “has apologized for and condemned America at almost every turn,” and “his worldview leads him to scorn American exceptionalism and American sovereignty in favor of a globalist approach.” This worldview was reflected in Obama’s “international apology tour,” which took him to London, where he declared, “I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world.”
He told the French that America failed “to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world,” and that we’d been “arrogant,” “dismissive,” and “derisive” (music, no doubt, to French ears). He apologized to Latin America for our failure to pursue “sustained engagement with our neighbors” (which his administration shows no sign of doing), and repeated in Trinidad that we’d been “disengaged” and “dictatorial.”
In May of this year, writes Limbaugh, the administration actually apologized for Arizona’s immigration law to the Communist Chinese, of all people. And in a Rose Garden press conference with Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon, he stood by without comment as Calderon, in a breach of common courtesy and diplomatic good manners, attacked Arizona for passing that law.
And in his ill-advised speech in Cairo, says Limbaugh, Obama gave legitimacy to Muslim grievances, inflated the number of Muslims in America, exaggerated Muslim contributions to American and world history, and implied that the war in Iraq was the result of unjustified American aggression. Limbaugh quotes international studies professor Fouad Ajami, who put it this way: “No one told Mr. Obama that [in] the Islamic world, where American power is engaged and so dangerously exposed, it is considered bad form, nay a great moral lapse, to speak ill of one’s own tribe in the midst, and in the lands, of others.”
Obama’s odd concern for Muslim sensibilities can take bizarre turns, as when he directed the administrator of NASA to refocus the space agency’s mission. As the administrator, quoted by Limbaugh, told the Arabic TV network al Jazeera, “Perhaps foremost, [Obama] wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science…and math and engineering.”
“Making Muslims feel good,” Limbaugh comments, “—a very strange charge for the head of America’s space agency.” (Although, if you consider where flying carpets originated, it might make some space-age sense.)
In contrast to this concern for the feelings of Muslims, his dealings with the Israelis are much less delicate. Obama’s unprecedented public attempts to force the Israeli government to bend to his will prompted this response from former New York City mayor Ed Koch: “I weep as I witness outrageous attacks on Israel….I weep today because my president, Barack Obama, in a few weeks has changed the relationship between the U.S. and Israel from that of closest of allies to one in which there is an absence of trust on both sides.”
Limbaugh puts it this way: “The Obama administration’s heavy-handed treatment of Israel… bespeaks a pre-planned policy. Obama’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian issue has been completely one-sided and strikingly unfair—as if he has inflexible, preconceived notions about the conflict and is impervious to the facts and history.”
“How can an objective witness to Obama’s behavior fail to conclude that he has bought into Palestinian propaganda and its skewed view of history?” Limbaugh asks.
THE GREAT STRENGTH of Limbaugh’s indictment lies in part in the wealth of material he amasses in building his case. By so doing, he not only provides opponents of the administration with a rich source of campaign material, but also creates a series of topical sections that in themselves could provide the basis for numerous full-length books.
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