COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 22, 2015—Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ignited a firestorm of “controversy” this week as he said that Obama doesn’t “love America.” As reported by the New York Post, Giuliani made his comments at a dinner for conservative business leaders at the 21 Club.
Giuliani expanded on his comments in a subsequent appearance on Fox and Friends, explaining that the commander-in-chief has been influenced by communists since his youth. He pointed to Obama’s relationship with communist Frank Marshall Davis, communist and radical organizer Saul Alinsky, and finally by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
These facts themselves are not controversial. They can be found in Obama’s own autobiographies. What the mayor didn’t mention is Obama’s own admission that he sought out all the radical professors at Occidental College. It’s all been documented before—as early as 2008 in Jerome Corsi’s The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.
While none of this is news, it is shocking for the left to hear such comments from a public figure like Giuliani.
What the mayor didn’t add was the president’s oft-repeated comment to followers five days before the 2008 election that they were on the brink of “fundamentally transforming America.” Why transform something you love? Nor did he mention that in February 2009, just days after his inauguration, both Obama and Eric Holder delivered blistering attacks on America as a racist nation. Such a speech early in one’s term of office doesn’t reflect a particular love of country.
Nor have those kinds of attacks abated over the years. Any opposition to Obama or any of his policies is sooner or later termed racist, as was this comment by Giuliani. It is as if the very definition of the word has been changed from a belief about the relative merits of different races to simply opposition to the leftist agenda.
While the left is not afraid to question and even attack the motivations of their opponents, the reverse is rarely the case. That’s what shocked the left. Yet Giuliani didn’t go the extra step and question Obama’s patriotism.
“Well, first of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” he said on the news program.
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But is he really? If patriotism is generally understood to be cultural attachment to one’s homeland or devotion to one’s country, then by saying that the president doesn’t love his country, Giuliani is in fact questioning his patriotism.
No matter where Obama was born, it is clear that he was not raised in mainstream American culture in Indonesia. It’s pretty difficult to maintain a cultural attachment to a culture you weren’t raised in. One might reasonably say that he was raised in the counter-culture of the radical left, as Giuliani does say by citing examples.
Since the facts are incontrovertible, the White House countered with ad hominem attacks on the mayor.
“There’s no element of schadenfreude that people are feeling around here. What people are feeling is sorry for Rudy Giuliani,” said the always Mr. Earnest.
There’s no need to feel sorry for him or to condescendingly look down on him as Josh apparently does. The mayor, as a public figure, has finally said in a public way what millions of private citizens have been saying for a long time.