Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obama's Halo Slips

Robert Kagan writes, "President Obama likes to see himself as a pragmatist, but in foreign policy he is proving to be a supreme idealist of the Woodrow Wilson variety. ... We will see whether Barack Obama, the most Wilsonian president in a century, fares better", Washington Post, 7 June 2009.

Wow. That appeared in Wapo! I referred to Wilson before, on 30 July 2007, 6 February and 14 September 2008 and 16 February 2009, links:


Anonymous said...

Hello i.a.,

Excuse me for saying, but Obama is a fat greasy pig.

Anonymous said...

A democratic republic such as ours - an effort to realize its full sense government by, of, and for the people - represents the most gigantic of all possible social experiments, the one fraught with great responsibilities alike for good and evil.

The success or republics like yours and like ours means the glory, and our failure of despair, of mankind; and for you and for us the question of the quality of the individual citizen is supreme.

Under other forms of government, under the rule of one man or very few men, the quality of the leaders is all-important.

If, under such governments, the quality of the rulers is high enough, then the nations for generations lead a brilliant career, and add substantially to the sum of world achievement, no matter how low the quality of average citizen; because the average citizen is an almost negligible quantity in working out the final results of that type of national greatness.

But with you and us the case is different.

With you here, and with us in my own home, in the long run, success or failure will be conditioned upon the way in which the average man, the average women, does his or her duty, first in the ordinary, every-day affairs of life, and next in those great occasional cries which call for heroic virtues.

The average citizen must be a good citizen if our republics are to succeed.

The stream will not permanently rise higher than the main source; and the main source of national power and national greatness is found in the average citizenship of the nation.

Therefore it behooves us to do our best to see that the standard of the average citizen is kept high; and the average cannot be kept high unless the standard of the leaders is very much higher.

Amen TR...

GWB and BO will represent the nadir of the 3rd millennium... or maybe not... I think the average citizen will wake takes awhile... have faith... we've stumbled our way this far...

Independent Accountant said...

I diasgree. Obama's not fat.