Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more - not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.
That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.''
Would these 'new walls' that Obama tells us 'cannot stand' include the walls of nationality? Race? Evidently so, as he talks about how the wall 'between races and tribes; natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew' cannot stand, and that ''we'' must tear them down.
Does this not sound very troubling? I find it so. He is virtually announcing this new borderless, 'trans-racial' world in which neither race and kinship nor faith mean anything anymore. All divisions will apparently be seen as 'hateful' and bigoted and such divisions will be in essence outlawed.
We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.''
These are all half-truths; the walls have come down in Berlin but the West did not win; the old divisions have only been replaced with new ones, with hostile 'immigrants' within all European countries. The sectarian strife in Northern Ireland may have quieted somewhat, but it has not been eliminated. And we all know what a horrible travesty the end of apartheid was in South Africa; the country is far worse than it ever could have been under apartheid.
So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other.
That is why America cannot turn inward. That is why Europe cannot turn inward. America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was this spirit that led airlift planes to appear in the sky above our heads, and people to assemble where we stand today. And this is the moment when our nations - and all nations - must summon that spirit anew.'''
It sounds as though we are being prepared to accept some kind of union with the EU; the first (forced) step will be the NAU, which will then be united with our supposed 'partners' in the EU. But the people who are in control of the EU are no friends or partners to Americans; they are all globalist cosmopolitans with no national loyalties or allegiances.
I wondered, when I heard about this speech in Berlin, what is Obama doing there? Is he running for President of the world? Evidently so.
Read the rest of Obama's overblown and cliched speech at Free Republic, here, if you must.
Here is one German take on the speech, from Spiegel Online:
Anyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlin's Siegessäule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States. He is more than ambitious -- he wants to lay claim to become the president of the world.
It was a ton to absorb -- and what a stupendous ride through world history: the story of his own family, the Berlin Airlift, terrorists, poorly secured nuclear material, the polar caps, World War II, America's errors, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, freedom. It's amazing one could even pack such a potpourri of issues into sentences and then succeed in squeezing them all into the space of a speech that lasted less than 30 minutes.''
And here, more gushing Obamadulation:
The speech of a global citizen," "perfect performance," an "homage to Berlin" -- After Thursday's big Obama show at Berlin's Siegessäule, German politicians seem quite impressed by the US candidate's performance. "This will strengthen the trans-Atlantic bridge," said veteran politician Edmund Stoiber.''
We might write these reactions off as being typical liberal/leftist journalistic infatuation with Obama, but there were some 200,000 Europeans gathered to pay obeisance to him. Sometimes it seems as if what is happening in our world now is some kind of bad dream, or a movie in which everybody is under some kind of delusion. What is wrong with these Europeans? Here in the USA, we have all been horsewhipped with racial guilt for 50 or so years; what is wrong with Europeans that they are likewise afflicted with guilt and a need to abase themselves?
I don't believe Obama when he refers to himself as part of the American 'we'. I don't buy it when he talks about America as his country, and I don't believe him when he talks of his 'love' for America as he does here:
But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived -- at great cost and great sacrifice -- to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world.''
I actually don't believe he even understands the meaning of forming 'a more perfect union'; I doubt he has ever really read what any of the Founding Fathers said or wrote. A more perfect union does not mean a utopia, and it does not mean a union between our country and the European Union or Canada or Mexico or anyone else.
Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom''
Speak for yourself, Mr. Obama. You surely don't speak for us there. Our country was neither conceived nor established as some kind of international dumping ground or a 'trans-racial' Tower of Babel. We were originally a nation of people of common descent and a common Christian faith. Read the documents.
-- indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares.''
And if 'every language' is spoken in this country, that is not to our credit; it betrays the treasonous nature of 'our' leaders who have refused to protect us from foreign invasion and who are in fact actively working to reduce the founding stock of this country to an enfeebled minority.
As for 'every culture' leaving an imprint on ours, that is a ludicrous bit of hyperbole, not worthy of anybody who claims to be intelligent and informed. And every point of view is most assuredly not expressed in our public squares; only that which is politically correct and consistent with what our secretive elites want to be expressed. Viewpoints like mine are decidedly neither heard nor welcomed in the public squares.
What has always united us -- what has always driven our people; what drew my father to America’s shores -- is a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please.''
Again, we were united at the beginning by common origins and a common faith and culture. We were never united by a 'set of ideals' based on universal aspirations. This is all false. And the idea that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose is also hollow rhetoric.
Back when Obama first announced his candidacy, he spoke of 'remaking America.' I found this alarming and ominous at the time, but so many on the 'right' insisted Obama was just a rather well-spoken young African-American man who was lacking in experience, nothing more and nothing less.
If I could believe that, I would not feel quite so discouraged about the fate of this Republic.
My one consolation is that I don't confuse the Republic with my nation. The nation is the people. The nation will always be the people. Nations are always, by definition, rather exclusive clubs. Nations are based on birth, not on ideas or ideals or 'aspirations' or any other such high-flown words.
It's time to mend the fences within the nation, and strengthen the walls Obama says should be torn down. Our walls, in case he hasn't noticed, have long since been trampled down, and our sorry leaders refuse to build them up again. But not all walls are made of stone or concrete; some walls are made by nature, and some walls cannot be torn down by governmental command.