Left Decries America, Ignore Global Evil Of Leftist Regimes

There are more slaves today than at any time in history. Yet blacks in America ignore that tragic reality and instead fiercely decry this country over its part in an institution that was ended – at great expense to whites – nearly 150 years ago. And even though it is Islam and Muslim countries that are the greatest perpetrators of black slavery on the planet, it is fashionable today to be black and Muslim. Barack Obama’s former pastor gave all kinds of accolades to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakan, and Obama himself attended Farrakan’s so-called “Million Man March.”

The people who so stridently blamed America for attacking Iraq stand silently – or even worse yet, actually defend – the Russian attack of Georgia.

These are just a couple of examples of the leftists in America and the world who routinely demonize the United States while pointedly turning their backs on shocking acts of evil being perpetrated by leftist regimes around the world.

As writer Victor Davis Hanson points out, it is forgotten that America is the model, not the villain. And when the United States wearies of the constant attacks and ceases to stand up for freedom in the world, you will see a reawakening of evil such as the world hasn’t witnessed since the 1930s.

I came across this article by Hanson. It deserves a wide reading:

August 19, 2008
Brave Old World
by Victor Davis Hanson
Tribune Media Services

Russia invades Georgia. China jails dissidents. China and India pollute at levels previously unimaginable. Gulf monarchies make trillions from jacked-up oil prices. Islamic terrorists keep car bombing. Meanwhile, Europe offers moral lectures, while Japan and South Korea shrug and watch — all in a globalized world that tunes into the Olympics each night from Beijing.

“Citizens of the world” were supposed to share, in relative harmony, our new “Planet Earth,” which was to have followed from an interconnected system of free trade, instantaneous electronic communications, civilized diplomacy and shared consumer capitalism.

But was that ever quite true?

In reality, to the extent globalism worked, it followed from three unspoken assumptions:

First, the U.S. economy would keep importing goods from abroad to drive international economic growth.

Second, the U.S. military would keep the sea-lanes open, and trade and travel protected. After the past destruction of fascism and global communism, the Americans, as global sheriff, would continue to deal with the occasional menace like a Muammar al-Gaddafi, Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-il or the Taliban.

Third, America would ignore ankle-biting allies and remain engaged with the world — like a good, nurturing mom who at times must put up with the petulance of dependent teenagers.

But there have been a number of indications recently that globalization may soon lose its American parent, who is tiring, both materially and psychologically.

The United States may be the most free, stable and meritocratic nation in the world, but its resources and patience are not unlimited. Currently, it pays more than a half trillion dollars per year to import $115-a-barrel oil that is often pumped at a cost of about $5.

The Chinese, Japanese and Europeans hold trillions of dollars in U.S. bonds — the result of massive trade deficits. The American dollar is at historic lows. We are piling up staggering national debt. Over 12 million live here illegally and freely transfer more than $50 billion annually to Mexico and Latin America.

Our military, after deposing Milosevic, the Taliban and Saddam, is tired. And Americans are increasingly becoming more sensitive to the cheap criticism of global moralists.

But as the United States turns ever so slightly inward, the new globalized world will revert to a far poorer — and more dangerous — place.

Liberals like presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama speak out against new free trade agreements and want existing accords like NAFTA readjusted. More and more Americans are furious at the costs of illegal immigration — and are moving to stop it. The foreign remittances that help prop up Mexico and Latin America are threatened by any change in America’s immigration attitude.

Meanwhile, the hypocrisy becomes harder to take. After all, it is easy for self-appointed global moralists to complain that terrorists don’t enjoy Miranda rights at Guantanamo, but it would be hard to do much about the Russian military invading Georgia’s democracy and bombing its cities.

Al Gore crisscrosses the country, pontificating about Americans’ carbon footprints. But he could do far better to fly to China to convince them not to open 500 new coal-burning power plants.

It has been chic to chant “No blood for oil” about Iraq’s petroleum — petroleum that, in fact, is now administered by a constitutional republic. But such sloganeering would be better directed at China’s sweetheart oil deals with Sudan that enable the mass murdering in Darfur.

Due to climbing prices and high government taxes, gasoline consumption is declining in the West, but its use is rising in other places, where it is either untaxed or subsidized.

So, what a richer but more critical world has forgotten is that in large part America was the model, not the villain — and that postwar globalization was always a form of engaged Americanization that enriched and protected billions.

Yet globalization, in all its manifestations, will run out of steam the moment we tire of fueling it, as the world returns instead to the mindset of the 1930s — with protectionist tariffs; weak, disarmed democracies; an isolationist America; predatory dictatorships; and a demoralized gloom-and-doom Western elite.

If America adopts the protectionist trade policies of Japan or China, global profits plummet. If our armed forces follow the European lead of demilitarization and inaction, rogue states advance. If we were to treat the environment as do China and India, the world would become quickly a lost cause.

If we flee Iraq and call off the war on terror, Islamic jihadists will regroup, not disband. And when the Russians attack the next democracy, they won’t listen to the United Nations, the European Union or Michael Moore.

Brace yourself — we may be on our way back to an old world, where the strong do as they will, and the weak suffer as they must.


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5 Responses to “Left Decries America, Ignore Global Evil Of Leftist Regimes”

  1. Ben Hoffman Says:

    Republican neocon policies have made the U.S. so weak, we are powerless to do anything about Russia’s aggressions. Republican policies have put the U.S. in debt up to our ears and have destroyed our economy.

    If you hate the U.S. so much that you want to continue the policies that are destroying our country, why don’t you move to a country that you like better?

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    I allow this post as representative of a moral idiot who simply lacks the capacity to understand history or anything else of significance.

    Why are we “powerless” to do anything about Russia? What COULD we have done that people like YOU wouldn’t have decried had we done it? Are you talking about military action against Russia? Liberals would have a meltdown. I mean, you are so full of it you don’t even understand yourself!

    And, I’m sorry, but the socialist welfare state that YOUR ILK has created so dramatically outweigh “Republican policies” that it is simply unreal.

    Go back and read John F. Kennedy’s speeches, and see how CONSERVATIVE they sound by today’s standards. And then get on a plane and go to North Korea where you’ll be the most happy.

    Thank you for proving my point: apart from the fact that you don’t even bother to try to interact with the many facts that are provided in this article, you continue to demonize this country just as I claimed you do.

  3. Ben Hoffman Says:

    My ilk? Nope, sorry. I’m a traditional conservative (or Eisenhower conservative). You’re a neo-conservative and it’s the neo-conservative policies that have bankrupted our country and made us weak in the world. I’m also guessing that you’re young — probably in your 20s, but you don’t serve in the military because you want other people to fight your battles for you. (otherwise known as a chickenhawk)

  4. gao Says:

    now I kinda agree with some commenters I saw earlier. “Is everyone plain brainwashed and take on Russia even the idiot Georgian president asked for it?” blogger brainwash themselves with “political correctness”.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    “Mr.” Hoffman,
    Traditional conservative my gluteus maximus. “Traditional conservatives” believe in traditional moral values.

    Ronald Reagan was a “traditional conservative,” and I was proud to have him as my commander in chief.

    I can continue the narrative re: how wrong you are about everything you think you know: I am in my 40s, served in the Army, and wore the combat infantryman’s badge with pride following Urgent Fury-Grenada in ’83. I also received a Purple Heart for an injury sustained in the jump.

    Your personal attacks go too far. Don’t bother posting again. I won’t approve it.

    My readings into the Russia-Georgia fight result in a clear conclusion: Russia pushed Georgia for months, had their invasion planned for months, and then jumped when Georgia took the bait. When Georgia went into South Ossetia, they were attempting to restore order in a province that was Georgian territory. The Russians’ primary claims justifying their invasion are now known to be lies: http://www.kansascity.com/451/story/753677.html

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