At the close of the nuclear weapons summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, President Obama, when asked how the summit would affect peace efforts in the Middle East, responded: "It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower. When conflicts break out, one way or another, we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on President Obama saying America is a military superpower "whether we like it or not": "I would hope that our leaders in Washington, D.C., understand we like to be a dominant superpower. I don't understand a world view where we have to question whether we like it or not that America is powerful."
The problem is with President Obama's world view, not with Governor Palin's world view or understansing.
President Obama's parents were not religious and the "Christianity" to which he eventually turned was that of Rev. Jeremiah A. ("God damn America") Wright.
If only he had parents like Governor Palin's parents and been so fortunate as to see Russia from his house instead of to live in troubled Indonesia!
Palin understands, Obama doesn't.
2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain called President Obama's claim that being a superpower was a burden on the United States a "direct contradiction to everything America believes in" and "one of the more incredible statements I've ever heard a president of the United States make."
McCain stated: "We are the dominant superpower, and we're the greatest force for good in the history of this country, and I thank God every day that we are a dominant superpower."
The key word is God.
As a presidential hopeful, Obama called pregnancy a punishment and religion a refuge of bitter people frustrated by their economic circumstances.
Presidential candidate Obama referring to working-class voters in old industrial towns decimated by job losses: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Obama's then rival for the Democratic party candidacy, Hillary Clinton, commented: "I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America. His remarks are elitist and out of touch."
About that, Mrs. Clinton was right.
America's problem is Obama, not God or religion.
First Lady Michelle Obama declared that she became proud of America for the first time as her husband's presidential campaign was being well received.
Did she ever since "God bless America" before that?
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
It's politic for a president to say "God bless America" (and President Obama wisely does not refuse to do so). But "God bless America" is...AN AMERICAN PRAYER and a president who thinks that America being a superpower is a burden and religion is the refuge of bitter people doesn't share America's traditional values, wants to "fundamentally change" America and is likely to appoint liberal judicial activist Supreme Court justices who would ban "God bless America" in the public square as an establishment of religion prohibited by the First Amendment as a result of a radical revision of America's history.
God help America!
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.