No reason not to question Obama patriotism
by Melvyn L Fein
July 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 1993 views | 11 11 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winners, in order to be winners, must win. They must defeat their opponents. If they do, they gain a reputation for being winners. This then gets translated into respect and deference. On the other hand, if they lose, they are disrespected and forced to be submissive.

Mind you, winners do not have to win all of the time; simply winning more than their fair share is sufficient. Nor do winners have to win in every area where they compete; winning important tests is satisfactory. Nor do they have to destroy the losers; merely getting them to back down will do.

This may sound obvious. It is what the New York Yankees have done. It is what the Atlanta Braves aspire to do. Until recently, it is what the United States of America specialized in doing.

We Americans helped win World War I. We played an even bigger part in achieving victory in World War II. Then we won the Cold War. True, we only tied in Korea and Vietnam, but this helped seal the defeat of international communism. We even won the Gulf War and the initial phase of the Iraq War.

So why does Barack Obama not understand this? He knows about winning when it comes to himself. As a politician, he focuses like a laser on overwhelming his adversaries. He gives them no quarter and spares no expense to come out on top.

With respect to elections, he will tell any lie, vilify any rival and break any law in order to gain an advantage. With respect to day-to-day politics, he will distort any truth, sacrifice any constituency and violate any tradition in order to make sure Republicans do not get what they want.

So what happens when Obama climbs onto the international stage? Why has he been content to lead from behind? No, that is too charitable. Why has he been content to withdraw from the game and allow others to work their will?

The only thing that makes sense is that he does not want to win. Or more precisely, he does not want to see the United States of America win. Barack believes we have been too arrogant. He fears that in assuming we are special, we will trample on the rights of others.

In short, Obama wants us to lose. The alternative to winning, it must be understood, is losing. Those who decline to win because they do not want to hurt the feelings of their adversaries are choosing the only other alternative. They are embracing defeat.

The Arabs understand this. Once Obama signaled that he was not even trying to win by going on an apology tour, they realized the way was open to become aggressive. Islamists could run riot in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan without fear of serious consequences.

Putin understands this. He saw Obama abandon his red line in Syria and knew the president would not challenge him if he embarked on adventurism. Hence, he did in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, just as expected the U.S. did nothing, save for a few empty gestures.

The Latin Americans understand this. The Mexicans can, with impunity, jail an American Marine for taking a wrong turn into their country. The Central Americans can send their children across our Southern border without fretting about retaliation.

So why does Obama do this? The answer is not reassuring. Nor is it polite. Barack Obama is not a patriot! When pressed, he says he is, but his actions say otherwise. Like most committed liberals, (as verified in a recent poll) he is not proud of our country. He doesn’t want us to be winners, because he believes we don’t deserve it.

For years, Democrats have railed at Republicans for questioning their patriotism. As a result, conservatives held back. But they shouldn’t. They do not need to allow those who want us to be losers to get off so easily.

Melvyn L. Fein Ph.D. is professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University.
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WestCobbThinker
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July 23, 2014
Barack Obama is not patriot, he's not a president, he's not a leader and given his approval ratings I'll argue that he's not even a good community organizer. Rather, he's spends his time trying to be a - citizen of the world and, from the progressive viewpoint, you can't be both.

It's interesting to note that when you travel the world and do global business that you quickly find that - Germans are proud to be Germans, the French are proud to be Frenchmen, Italians are proud to be Italians, Spaniards are proud to be Spaniards and you see this throughout the world in the other countries but here in America, according to the progressive doctrine, we're supposed to be ashamed of being Americans, we're suppose to be apologetic of our history, we ashamed of our successes and rather than being Americans we should be citizens of the world. And, as citizens of the world we should give, we should step aside and allow others to be successful. From the progressives viewpoint we should lose where others can win. So, our president, our leader, is out trying to ensure that we all lose so that the rest of the world can win.

Yes, it' ok to question his patriotism!

Kevin Foley
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July 23, 2014
West Cobb thinker is with the terrorists, too.

Why don't you just go to Yemen and take up arms against America, WCT?
Oliver G. Halle
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July 23, 2014
It seems that you are ashamed of your name or who you are or you wouldn't be anonymous.
WestCobbThinker
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July 24, 2014
Foley, Foley why do you embarrass yourself with such a feeble reply. Rather than reply with "West Cobb thinker is with the terrorists, too. Why don't you just go to Yemen and take up arms against America, WCT?"... why aren't you defending Obama? Why aren't you defending the progressive doctrine that Americans shouldn't be proud to be Americans? Why aren't you defending this progression doctrine that we Americans should lose so that others can win?

I'm a patriot, I'm American, I defend the Constitution, I believe in America, and I believe that Americans should be winners. I don't believe that we should take a backseat to anyone. I sincerely don't understand this progressive doctrine that we should be apologizers and that we should be losers so that others can win. So, if you want to reply then reply and explain this doctrine so that we all understand your position.
Kevin Foley
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July 25, 2014
West Cobb Thinker - I explain why progressivism is winning and conservatism is losing every week under my real name.

See my latest on ACA. I think it's patriotic to care about every last American. You don't.

Go to Yemen if you hate America and Americans so much. Take Fein with you.
just saying
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July 23, 2014
Wrapping one's self in the flag is the last refuge of the despot!
Mike_BDevil
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July 21, 2014
This article is half aimless banter, half sensational abstraction. There's no substance...it's so poorly written and comes to a fallacious conclusion.

Patriotism shouldn't be defined as flexing muscle.
Kevin Foley
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July 21, 2014
Remember when conservatives said if you weren't with the president you were with the terrorists? That was back when some of us questioned the rush to war in Iraq.

Here we are in a very dangerous world full of terrorists who hate America and Dr. Fein decides President Obama isn't a patriot.

So, using that trusty conservative measuring stick, Dr. Fein appears to be in league with the terrorists.





Rhett Writer
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July 23, 2014
Ah yes, Foley. Spoken like a true liberal weenie. Don't like the message, attack the messenger.
Look at yourself
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July 21, 2014
I question your patriotism. Some say you are not even a real Christian. I agree wiith them.
Ben Twomey
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July 23, 2014
I sincerely hope that was written as a joke.

Dr. Fein is of the Jewish faith, and is, therefore, not a "Christian."

Further, being a Christian or not has nothing to do with patriotism.
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