Friday, January 27, 2012

Jonah Goldberg Half-Right

"President Obama's State of the Union address was disgusting," rightly says the Neocon, as it "celebrated martial virtues... to convince the American people that they should fall in line and march in lockstep" — Obama's Vision for a Spartan America. An excerpt:
    He said of the military: "At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition. They don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together. Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach."

    That is disgusting.

    What Obama is saying, quite plainly, is that America would be better off if it wasn't America any longer. He's making the case not for American exceptionalism, but Spartan exceptionalism.

    It's far worse than anything George W. Bush, the supposed warmonger, ever said. Bush, the alleged fascist, didn't want to militarize our free country; he tried to use our military to make militarized countries free.
That, too, Mr. Goldberg, is disgusting. "Empire abroad, entails tyranny at home," observed Hannah Arendt.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I wonder what Henry David Thoreau would say . . .

January 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Say what one will about George W. Bush (and there is lots negative to say), he never embraced an overtly Spartan vision for America like Obama has, and Bush at least had enough vestige of constitutional fidelity left to ask Congress to approve military action, unlike our current president.

January 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM  

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