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Parker: You Can't Promote Freedom Abroad as it Disappears at Home

By Star Parker

Baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot by watching."

Simple wisdom, that President Obama is not likely to heed. In order to observe, you have to want to look at the truth that's actually out there.

With reality so different from how our president wishes to portray it, he has little interest in seeing things as they really are.

This past week, the president delivered a "Kumbaya" appeal to the current session of the United Nations General Assembly. The pitch, about peaceful resolution of disputes, tolerance and free speech, was clearly aimed at Muslim nations.

The following day, Egypt's newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, stood before the General Assembly and gave his reply. No thanks.

Sure, Egypt will respect free speech, as long as it does not offend "one specific religion or culture."

The message we got from candidate Obama in 2008 was that the rift between the Muslim world and the West was one of misunderstanding, of lack of empathy on our part. Candidate Obama said he was the man, given his personal history, who could bridge that gap.

In 2009, the first year of the Obama presidency, the Pew Research Center reports that the favorability rating in Egypt toward the U.S. was 27 percent. Now in 2012, it is 19 percent, down eight points.

More misunderstanding? I don't think so. Egyptians are quite clear about who they are and quite clear about their distaste for the moral relativism that Obama peddles as freedom. Conflicting attitudes and world views emerge from different beliefs, not misunderstanding.

In the same Pew survey last June, only 11 percent of Egyptians agreed with the statement "It is good that American ideas and customs are spreading here."

Has Mr. Obama just not had enough time, as with producing an economic recovery at home, to get Muslims to learn the words to "Kumbaya"?

The real problem, as I see it, is how do you peddle to others what you don't understand, or won't be honest about, yourself?

While our president refuses to honestly look at Muslim societies, they do look at us. They see American double standards and mixed messages very clearly.

In his U.N. speech, President Obama quoted South African leader Nelson Mandela saying, "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

This from an American president who is now forcing American employers to buy condoms and abortion pills for their employees, even if it is against that employer's religious convictions.

Or from a nation where poor children are forced to attend public schools where teaching traditional, religious values that they desperately need is prohibited.

Or where the people of California voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman, only to have this referendum overturned by a federal court.

Can President Obama stand with credibility before any Muslim nation and claim that he represents religious freedom?

How about economic freedom? Economic freedom -- which measures a nation's respect for private property and limits arbitrary government power to interfere with economic transactions -- is critical because it correlates perfectly with prosperity. Nations with more economic freedom are uniformly more prosperous.

The latest Economic Freedom of the World report, published annually by more than 70 think tanks from around the world, shows that in 2010, the U.S. dropped to number 18 in world ranking. This, after years of the U.S. being one of the most economically free nations in the world.

So why should Muslim nations take seriously an increasingly weak America that does not practice what it preaches?

They don't and won't.

If we want Muslims to respect us and respect freedom's cores values -- protection of life and property -- America should once again represent those values.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    October 1, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Freedom of speech and Islam will NEVER go together. Nor will the Democrat will of the majority in any Faux Muslim democracy which MUST take a back seat to Muhammad’s teachings each and every time in an Islamist majority nation. As soon as the Muslims become a majority in any Democracy it is good-bye Democracy and your Constitutional individual freedoms and hello Shari’a law as soon as the first majority vote is acquired. So Mr. President, are you completely blind to these facts as you honor Islam over and above our Constitutional rights, to encourage immigration into your vision of the American Muslim nation you brag about in your middle east speeches? Or is it your agenda to prove this is NOT a Christian nation as you have so publicly proclaimed and shouted from the highest Middle East parapet? Only a blind cleric could not see what your true traitorous presidential mission is to accomplish. When in doubt vote them ALL out, and let freedom ring again throughout the land.

    “Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan once let slip that democracy was a tram you ride until you arrive at your destination, then you step off.”

    Wake up America before it is too late. This great deceiver of a President knows exactly what he is doing.

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

      As always a very well written narrative by our GREAT Star Parker. And inluminatuo, you’re SPOT ON! One of the things that I find very telling about this radical, corrupt, LYING administration headed by a known Marxist/Alinsky Socialist is the fact that none other than Venezuela’s Dictator Hugo Chavez came out on Friday (I think?) and ENDORSED his fellow self-appointed DICTATOR Ozero! :( This should speak volumes to every American! But the problem is that we have so many people in this country now who’re CLUELESS! And many of them are also the very folks who continue to demand “free stuff” that WE pay for and who’ve been indoctrinated by our government run schools and liberal run colleges/universities to believe in “redistribution of wealth”, “communes”, and of course a Kumbayah “utopia” that’s a charade designed to give ALL POWER (that’s what it’s all about) to the LEFT! God Save our nation from these ignorant/idiotic/radical fools! Keep the faith, Semper Fi! :)

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  2. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    October 1, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Agreed….Obummer is bringing change to America…change he promised and he is delivering! How many times does this fake have to say one thing and do something else? Why are his poll numbers still so high? Have so many of our fellow citizens gone brain dead….are they drugged…asleep?

    This guy and his band of merry communist planners are marching us down the road to ruin and millions of fellow Americans are eating it up! I know many think she is a whack job…but Madonna may have been right recently when she proclaimed we have a Black Muslim in the White House.

    Wake up people before you end up in a concentration camp!

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      Outstanding comment, powertothepeople! History clearly demonstrates exactly what Ozero and his cronies are doing! :( All one need do is take a look at how Lenin, Trotsky, and their communist “believers” took over Russia starting in 1917. And created a nightmare wherein they (and their successors like Stalin) killed tens of millions of THEIR OWN PEOPLE while concentrating all the power & wealth in the hands of “The State” aka THEIR HANDS! What we’re seeing from this current Marxist/Alinsky radical socialist & lover of moslems (the reality is that he IS ONE) is the very same strategy. If he has his way, is elected to a 2nd term where as he told the Russians “I’ll have more flexibility!”, we’re guaranteed to either LOSE our liberty or of necessity conduct a counter-revolution to restore America. We need to kick this radical LIAR out of office NOW! God Bless America, Keep Her Free and Strong! Keep the faith! Semper Fi! :)

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 1, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      The change we got was the Muslim tainted lies of socialist redistribution of money and morality in personal lives of dependency,,, while our proud and proven Constituional American self sufficient truths and way of life took a back seat. He the black American whose ancesters were never American Slaves would make economic and moral slaves of us all as well as the future innocent American children of infinite Debt and destruction who will pay for his failed social experiments of hopeless change.

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  3. wedeyComment by wedey
    October 1, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    She is exactly right. How can we ask for democracy in any other country. For one thing we are a republic. But when one man thinks he has all the answers and issues executive orders right and left more like a dictator, then exactly what do we have in this country. I blame congress, the media and the uninformed for allowing this to happen.

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  4. billwvComment by billwv
    October 1, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Ozero is the most deceitful human disaster of a President this nation ever had. People who thought [and correctly so] Jimmy Carter was a joke and a fraud of a President now have a replacement that is quadruple worse and is in the process of bringing our great Republic to it’s knees. We must turn out at the polls and defeat this Impostor-in-Chief. America — Rise up and put Ozero on the train back to Chi-cago and the thugs he associates himself with.

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

      You NAILED IT,billwv! This Marxist/Socialist/Islamophile radical is DETERMINED to DESTROY our nation! We’ve never had a worse occupant of our White House. I categorically refuse to use the term “President” in referring to this odious LIAR! He never was FIT or QUALIFIED for the office he holds! He NEVER did anything for this country. He’s an arrogant, egotistical RADICAL on a POWER trip and the reality is that he HATES our nation and everything that it stands for along with the very principles upon which the nation was founded. :( Time for him to GO——>FAR, FAR AWAY! As the liberals always say “Vote Early and Often”! Semper Fi! :)

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  6. johntComment by johnt
    October 1, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    this is a good article. enjoyed the read…what i see is the ineptness of one man. his inability to govern as a “REAL” president should. any of you remember when clinton went on a round the world appology tour of the 90′s? that was where the respect starting slipping for our country. no matter what we do here in the states, the muslum world will hate us. we have reached our hands out in friendship many times even after we were attacked both here in the states and overseas. they seem to want a war, maybe a religeous war. and no matter which way it ends we “The People of The United States will still be the abused of the world. why is it that the muslums can’t accept our religeous freedoms here? we accepted them and allowed them to worship to their god while we stood back and watched. but then they take our airplanes and crash them into our buildings and kill our people. they tried back in the 70′s to blowup a building in n.y. they blew up our embassy in beruit killing many of our marines. we have been attacked around the world. but we always seem to forgive. why??? i don’t believe it’s because we have presidents like obamaa and clinton, or that we had presidents like j.f.k. or ronald reagan. although the latter 2 were the best qualified to do so. i believe it was the American People. we have learned down theu the ages what it’s like to suffer, what it’s like to be told who we can worship and who we can’t. this is the base of where our power of forgiveness comes from. we have fought many opponents thru the years. and have forgiven them all. but this opponent that calls themselves muslums are very worthy opponents. thru the help of this adminstration they were made able to cross over our boarders almost undetected. then permitted to remain after this adminstration knows they’re here. infact this paticular dept of justice known as “The Boarder Patrol” has had their hands tied so they cannot do their jobs properly and according to the laws of the land. when an adminstration hinders the progress of a law enforcement agency they should be held the same as any citizen and be arrested. the muslums are the most dangerous people on the face of the earth right now and as long as this adminstration is in power our way of life is in peril. wake up America…

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  7. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    October 1, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    The beauty of America was that it was not “skin deep.” The idealism of youth must give way to the reality of adulthood and it ought not to be that the policy of adults is merely to allow the misguided expressions of youth because youth are misguided.
    Guidance is what it is all about. Whence the guidance for our national policies? It is unfair to the rest of the world that, in representing the commixture of relative incompatibles that are the American people, we have policies that haphazardly allow purposeless waste. Call it discrimination or whatever, but a singular mindset, a fundamental unity of religious belief, made America the greatest country on the face of the earth. Their inability, because of a fundamental dislike for some of the history of America, to accept the facts of a majority rule based in the fundamental tenets of the Christian religion is the reason for the very tenuous balancing act that we characterize as “political correctness.”
    It basically skirts the law, refuses to state facts accurately and clearly and thereby exacerbates the problem caused by obviation of the basic issue. There comes a point in giving of oneself that one must realize that he can not do so and remain healthy. America has reached that point. Unless we maintain our own health as a nation, we will be so infected by the contagions of others that we will die. That is why we can not afford to be governed by people whose fundamental beliefs and substance are historically antipathetic. That is why we need to vote out the current administration in November. The country can not survive another four years of this inconsistency. Wake Up, America!

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  8. Gabrielle SymeComment by Gabrielle Syme
    October 1, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    I agree with this article. I agree with the commenters here. I want to know why Romney isn’t shouting this from the mountaintops! I don’t want a McCain repeat! Why will no one fight Obama? How about a few ads on TV, with a split screen showing what Obama calls for abroad, but what he’s doing at home.

    Fight! Please! We don’t even need to twist the words of the President. His inconsistencies and lies speak for themselves.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 1, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

      Romney MUST make these debates about Obama and his failures in office, not about himself. The issues will slay Obama unless Romney allows the debates to become personal. Barry has hanged himself, so let’s bury the corpse and move on with our lives.

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