The media, mostly on the left side of the spectrum – fuss over Giuliani’s comments about Obama’s alleged lack of love for America overlook, or sidestep a basic fact. As in the Bill Ayer’s controversy over Obama’s relationship on several boards in Chicago during the 90’s and up until 2002 with the former terrorist, the issue is not whether Obama exchanged secret handshakes with Bill Ayers, or had the PLO flag up on his dormitory wall back when. The issue is the basic philosophical outlook that a Bill Ayers has and it’s relationship to his radical and violent past; an outlook shared by a significant part of the academic, intellectual and media worlds. And those who agree with them. The Vietnam War was bad, a bloody mistake rather than a costly war that helped contain communism in ways far beyond the geographic boundaries of Southeast Asia. Reagan was a war monger rather than the president who brought peace to the world through American strength. The politics of identity are what matter rather than what one does and achieves, because this racist capitalist planet has to be changed from the ground up, all the while being careful as they are not to link the word “revolution” with the possibility of violence. But justifying violence around the world all at the same time. As these former and not-so-former radicals joined the system they had violently opposed, they still have similar goals which they now go about achieving through the education system, through the political system, and through the media.

Ayers is an uncomfortable reminder for many who share most of his social justice goals because of his past, but not because of his goals. And that group clearly includes President Obama. So when Guiliani lets his more combative side loose, although what he actually said was so politely phrased it seemed almost timid in its form if not in its implications, he is merely stating the obvious: Obama believes that through process, and diversity, and consultation you can fix most things in this world, including the scourge of terrorism. And that process, diversity, and consultation is heavily laced with hard line criticisms of America. From within from people like Bill Ayers, and from without from everyone from European conditional allies to dangerous radical groups. That’s why Obama wants to “move on” from a focus on terrorism and its consequent moral imperatives that demand a clear position in response to terrorism’s atrocities. Perhaps Obama’s affable and enormous “I” includes seeing himself as a bridge between East and West. Between Islam, especially Sunnism, and Christianity. As a righteous prophet who reminds Christians of their past sins as a people, as he did at a recent prayer breakfast. Patriotism, on the other hand, is particular and partisan by nature, because it means love of one’s own country. A love that is not conditioned by the perspectives of those of dislike or even hate the country. How a president balances his or her patriotism with their job as leader of the free world is not an easy issue to judge. But it is not nit-picking or insane to ask how patriotic the man in the Oval Office is, or isn’t. And to wonder what he really believes about Islam and it’s various extremisms.

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