POLITICAL observations & opinions

* a serious informed debate about America’s role in the world could be President Obama’s greatest contribution to our country

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 20, 2010

Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith write for POLITICO (8/20/10) …

  • President Obama has sparked a visceral values debate about whether he’s moving the country toward socialism and over the very definition of what it means to be American.
  • “His worldview is dramatically different than any president, Republican or Democrat, we’ve had,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
  • “He grew up more as a globalist than an American,” Huckabee said. “To deny American exceptionalism is in essence to deny the heart and soul of this nation.”
  • Pete Wehner, a former top official in the George W. Bush administration and a social conservative thinker, described the resistance to Obama as “beyond politics.”
  • “What we’re having here are debates about first principles,” Wehner said. “A lot of people think he’s trying to transform the country in a liberal direction in the way that Ronald Reagan did in a conservative direction. This is not the normal push and pull of politics. It gets down to the purpose and meaning of America.”

read the entire post at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41273.html

LMW COMMENT …

Wouldn’t it be delightful to actually have a serious informed discussion about America’s role in the world as it currently is and likely will become?

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