King Leonidas, ISIS and the Culture War Barack Obama Refuses to See… Nevermind Fight

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A week and a half ago fascist thugs of ISIS attacked Paris. Three days later President Obama addressed the world from Istanbul and said the attack was “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”

That is a wonderful sentiment, but like most things that come out of Barack Obama’s mouth, it’s wrong. There are not universal values.

Take freedom of speech. Across the planet, from China to Saudi Arabia to Russia to Venezuela, (and most places in between) nothing resembling freedom of speech such freedom exists. In the West, from Australia to England to Italy to Canada, freedom of speech ostensibly exists, but the restrictions continue to grow. Even here in the United States where freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution, it is under siege everywhere. On universities, the very places where ideas are supposed to be studied and debated, speech codes are suffocating liberty and mini fascists seek to limit your ability to say anything they disagree with. In everyday life criticizing anyone for anything opens one up for accusations of being racist or sexist or homophobic or some other form of intolerance.

Freedom of religion? One wonders how Coptic Christians in Egypt feel about freedom of Religion. Try wearing a crucifix in Saudi Arabia. How free do the followers of Falun Gong feel in China? Jews in Europe… Here in the United States Christians are under assault for refusing to participate in gay weddings while atheists seek to eliminate even the shadows of Christianity from the public square.

Freedom in general is not something found on most parts of the planet… Across the Muslim world women are slaves and getting raped is a crime for which one can be ostracized, jailed  or even killed. South America and Africa are rife with failed states where graft is the natural order of things and the populations are mired in poverty (real poverty… not what passes for poverty in the United States) while government officials and their connected cronies live in luxury. In China the government or government aligned corporations control virtually everything, even down to reproduction.

All in all, the values that Obama is suggesting are universal are nothing of the sort. Widespread notions of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and individual liberty simply don’t exist. The vast majority of people living on the planet today do not share or experience any of those values. There has never been a time in human history where a majority of people shared such values. Indeed it’s never even been close.

It is only with the rise of the West, where such freedoms and values were developed and flourished and codified, that the notion of “universal freedoms” could even be imagined. Such freedoms hit their apex with the writing of the United States Constitution. For the first time in human history there was a document that not only explicitly spelled out the rights of citizens that could not be impeded, but more importantly, explicitly limited the power of government to only those things it was specifically empowered to do by the citizens.

The reality is, the “universal freedoms” Barack Obama talks about simply don’t exist. They never have. But somehow he, along with the rest of the left pretend that they do, which is exactly why they seek to shift power away from the constitutionally constrained government of the United States to the unconstrained United Nations. They live in a fantasy world where if everyone would just put down their weapons and embrace one another that the world will suddenly be all right. They feel like if everyone simply kept the “fair share” of their income then magically the world become a nirvana in which every family enjoys a lifetime of Norman Rockwell dinners.

And that tells you exactly why ISIS is a problem and the West is in decline. Europeans, along with the left in America, willfully ignored what made the West a success in the first place… culture inspired by Christianity – although at times hindered by it as well, built on intellectual curiosity and empowered by individual liberty and freedom. The notions of freedom of religion and speech and private property as we know them today evolved in the West over a period of 800 years. They were not codified by an edict by a Pope or Martin Luther or Napoleon or Queen Victoria or even James Madison. These decidedly non-universal values came about as the result of a struggle between church and state and citizenry as well as between churches, states and citizens. Much bloodshed was spilled in the process of developing those values. They were hard fought for and won, and to the degree that they exist in other places around the world, for the most part they were brought there by westerners.

It is not so much that the West is collapsing because it’s being invaded (which it surely is) but rather rotting from within because it has spend the last half century protected in a cocoon of security provided by the American military. After rescuing much of the world from the Nazis and the Japanese in WWII, for more than half a century the United States has provided a bulwark against the Soviets and the Chinese and later the Russians. Under the protection of American power, the West – including the United States – deluded itself with the notion that peace was now the norm and that civilization had finally come to humanity. As such, it was possible to create vast social programs to nurture citizens from cradle to grave with little concern about fiscal or social responsibility. In addition, they opened their doors to allow millions of immigrants to enter their countries and enjoy those programs without ever being required to assimilate. Indeed, in many European countries assimilation could be almost impossible even if it were desired, which it rarely was.

Today we have the logical conclusion of the argument that no culture is superior to any other. Because Western culture is no better than any other, there is no basis to demand assimilation. Migrants by the millions move to the West and then seek to establish mini-me versions of the failed states and dysfunctional cultures they left behind… Indeed, across Europe there are movements under foot to implement Sharia law above national law while France, Britain and other nations are peppered with “No-Go” zones.

Given that it’s seen as racist or xenophobic to suggest that one’s culture is superior to another, it’s verboten to ask who put men on the moon, mapped the human genome or invented mobile phones. Such questions do not matter because all cultures are equal. And so it goes. As the self loathing West derides the very things that made it successful in the first place it finds itself under siege by those who are not only proud of their culture and values but are willing to both kill and die for them.

To see how this juxtaposition of passion and cultural apathy might play itself out, read or watch something about the Battle of Thermopylae. Observe how a small force of highly motivated and passionate fighters can have an impact exponentially larger than their numbers might suggest. King Leonidas and his men lose their lives and the battle… but the Greeks win the war. Unfortunately for America and the West, our impotent and incompetent leader is Barack Obama, who refuses to even see that we’re in the midst of a culture war, nevermind recognize that for the other side it’s literally a fight to the death. Let’s hope the next occupant of the Oval Office understands that America and the values she holds are not only, not universal, but they are exceptional, and indeed worthy of both praise and protection.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

10 Responses to “King Leonidas, ISIS and the Culture War Barack Obama Refuses to See… Nevermind Fight”

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    The german people are suffering for their tolerance, women and little girls raped, being evicted to place more refugees, the white children attacked by refugee children going to and from school. What are they told by leaders? “you can move out, we have a history we are ashamed of so we must force tolerance upon you.” What utopia is he trying to force on us? Unarmed, forced into silence, overtaken he knows the muslims are a solid democratic voting block. Google shariah law in US courts to see it has already got a toehold.

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    Nanny G

    After talking like a wimp Obama got some feedback from someone who is not simply a Yes Man.
    So, he then ”talked tough.”
    Oooooo….he’s so scary!

    “We will hunt down their leadership……
    We are going to ….. take out more of their leaders and commanders so that they do not threaten us……
    [W]e’ll keep working with our allies and partners for the opportunity and justice that helps defeat violent extremism.
    We’ll keep standing up for the human rights and dignity of all people — because that is contrary to what these terrorists believe.
    That’s part of how we defeat them.

    And I’m confident we will succeed.
    The hateful vision of an organization like ISIL is no match for the strength of nations and people around the world who are united to live in security and peace and in harmony.

    So, what does that even mean?
    Russian, France, the UK, Jordan, Egypt and the Saudis are all fighting ISIS to the death.
    Obama is talking about lofty ideals.
    The plan of those fighting nations seems to be to KILL them ALL.
    Obama still thinks he can pinprick them away.

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    Stop complaining. The US hatched ISIS and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States finance them.

    Why don’t you people examine that angle?

    Cognitive dissonance much?

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    @Rasputin: The US did not hatch ISIS. ISIS did however result from Barack Obama’s precipitous, foolish withdrawal from Iraq. Had he left troops there to support the fledgling democracy in Iraq, and protect those who worked with the US, we would not be having this discussion. But for him, it was too important to diminish the United States’ power and influence in the world… which he has done. We are reaping the consequences.

    Democracy rarely come quickly or easily. The United States spent seven years under the disastrous Articles of Confederation before we got it right with the Constitution, and that’s without being surrounded by neighbors who provided tens of thousands of terrorist agitators with weapons, training and safe harbor.

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    The US hatched ISIS

    HOW did the US “hatch” ISIS?

    I listened to Obama’s speech from Saturday… I imagine the text of the speech reads pretty good, but Obama delivered it like he was reading it off the back of a cereal box. He even used the phrase, “IF we defeat ISIS…”

    If Obama actually wants to win this war and secure our nation, you could have fooled me.

    How often have we heard that 9/11 was Bush’s fault; that he had warnings and should have taken preventive measures, such as reinforcing cockpit doors and screening Muslims learning to fly. Sure. Look at the leftist reaction to wanting to hold off on bringing hoards of refugees from the terrorist infested areas; areas infested by terrorists that have vowed to infiltrate the refugees. THIS is what Bush would have faced had he created long lines waiting to board aircraft, demanded the aircraft manufacturers develop strong, yet break-away cockpit door and began profiling passengers. “Racist, uncompassionate, coward, fear-monger.”

    Sadly, we will have to endure another terrible attack before the left, even temporarily as they did after 9/11, joins in the defense of our nation.

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    mos 8541

    Where is al, billy, jessie and the gang to help the idiot out? The cronies of race baiters, max racists, child phonography, sexual predators, embezzlers, tax evaders, murders, and terror. Throw in the current democratic congress, and the idiot chief justice and wow-they just buried the US.

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    James Raider


    Good piece, Vince.

    . . . . the West – including the United States – deluded itself with the notion that peace was now the norm and that civilization had finally come to humanity.

    Western European nations, were able to slovenly slink into apathy and into socialism — one big reason was that they didn’t need to finance a military to protect them for 70 years. American taxpayers footed that bill. Many of us who have had the opportunity to travel around the world for business or otherwise did so confident that somewhere within a short flight there was an American military presence. I know from more than simply personal experience, that Western Europe has for half a century, resented “the American.”

    No gratitude was ever voiced, and it wasn’t even acknowledged, that America’s military delivered ‘peace’ to the ingrate Brits, French, Italians, Spaniards, Germans, Swedes, etc.

    Today, that concept of American military presence is reviled and maligned by the likes of Obama and his applauding, impaired sycophants, all clapping for socialism. Such ignorance has damaged the perspective — permanently, it seems.

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    The ideology of ISIS and all the terrorist groups has been there for a very long time well before the USA was a country. Columbus was willing to sail off the edge of the planet in order to avoid going through the middle east for the treasures of China and India. We did not create this monster, as it is an idea, we cannot kill this monster. The muslims must kill this monster and start in the mosques and in their homes, all we can really do is slaughter the humans that live and spread the ideology. Putting up solar panels and recycling glass is not a very effective strategy. Dropping a barrage of hashtags not effective, looking to the past and pointing fingers not effective. Sending love notes just before dropping bombs not effective.

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