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Closing Arguments

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”  Samuel Adams

Monday evening will mark not just the final debate between two men on the nation’s stage prior to the election, but the final real-time clash of two very different visions.  On the one hand we have something approximating the advancement of the individual over the state and the proposition that free men, free minds, and free markets are to be preferred to a central authority that bleeds the citizen of his resources and, in return, orders him about as if he were born with a ring through his nose.  On the other hand we have a philosophy which says that the very idea of individual sovereignty has been anachronized by the (empirically discredited) collectivist fads and dogma of the last century.  

That this debate will take place in the arena of foreign policey is fortunate for Governor Romney.  There’s not a better platform upon which to build the case for the basic function of government, which is to keep its citizens alive and free, than that of foreign policy.  For when the nominal leader of the free world characterizes the coordinated attack and murder of an American Ambassador and his staff as, “a bump in the road,” or “not optimal,” he has departed the sweaty world of flesh, blood and death, and has fluttered up to the world of the perpetual faculty lounge where theories have no consequence.  Fine. Let him stay up there.  We’ll build him a golf course.  Meanwhile, on planet earth, the security and freedom of the American citizen depends on American strength and resolve, not inchoate and vacuous mumblings about leading from behind.

Recall if you will, the weeks and months immediately after his inauguration when Barack Obama talked, and lectured, and promised, and cajoled, and discussed a veritable galaxy of initiatives. His agenda was well known.  In fact, he wouldn’t shut up about it.  Every time the television was on, there he was, and when the television was off it seemed an imprint of his image remained.  There was no facet of American life that could escape that man’s attentions.  And there was no meaningful opposition to his agenda since he controlled both houses of Congress.  

He got what he wanted and then he gave it to us, whether we wanted it or not.  Now, with the mideast in flames, our diplomats under attack, our embassies under siege, our troops murdered by the very people they are training even as the published date for our retreat from Afghanistan draws near, where is our leadership?  Making small talk on The Daily Show?  Providing “eye candy” on The View?  Last week, Vice President Biden stopped laughing long enough to announce that we had imposed “crippling sanctions” on Iran, yet this crippled nation is tap dancing like Fred Astaire toward nuclear weapons.  

What is Barack Obama’s second term national security agenda, aside from gutting our military?  Why is the most transparent President in history so transparently muted?  Why did he feel it necessary to say in hushed tones to Russian President Medvedev, when he thought the microphones were off, that, “After my election, I have more flexibility”?  Flexibility to do what, exactly?  The most transparent President in history won’t tell us.  Why have those Presidential vocal cords, that kept going with all the incessant clamor of the Energizer Bunny four years ago, suddenly gone quiet when it comes to his intentions?

The answer is that the results of his agenda are already unfolding around us and, if his lips were to frame an agenda of further weakness, further capitulation, the further emasculation of a super power, it might scare away what remaining true believers he still has.   Because the truth is that American weakness, a dead Ambassador, a nuclear Iran, an America incapable of defending itself, …these are all just bumps in the road to this President.  Whimpering like a whipped puppy for two weeks about a stupid video after a coordinated Al Qaeda attack?  A mere bump in the road.  Throwing freedom of speech out the window with the arrest of the video’s creator?  Another bump in the road.  The dismantling of missile defenses even as our enemies develop more missiles? Still another bump. Crippling our military?  A big bump, yes, but a bump nonetheless.  While we had hoped he would change, Barack Obama’s impervious pursuit of American decline continues apace, and the unsightly truth is that the road is now so full of bumps that it qualifies for stimulus funds and several truckloads of those stupid orange barrels.  But that’s the price of going Forward, right?   

Yes, this is the time, and this debate is the setting, to press home the point that any governing philosophy which leaves the citizen vulnerable to attack from abroad while subservient to the whims of central planners at home, is antithetical to the American idea.  Liberty is not an anachronism, and strength is not immoral.  Let Obama take his place beside Chamberlain and Carter, and with all those pitiful souls who howled their disreputable protests even as Ronald Reagan went about the business of defeating the Soviet Union.  Let him repair to the faculty lounge, where ideas discredited by history can waft about like so much greenhouse gas without hurting anyone.  The rest of us have work to do.  The Founders didn’t pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure the subjugation of a great nation.

  1. The Mugwump

    Return Obama to the faculty lounge where he can poison another generation of young minds?  God forbid, Dave!  It’s the faculty lounges that need to be cleaned out.  These are the fetid swamps that produce the Marxist vermin who are destroying us from within.  We need to attack the breeding grounds or we’ll be faced with this problem again in another ten years.    

  2. ELIZABETH RIVERA

    Excellent, sir.

  3. Dave Carter
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    ELIZABETH RIVERA: Excellent, sir. · 5 minutes ago

    Thank you, Ma’am! 

  4. dash

    Let him build his own damn golf course.

  5. Dudley

    I pray someone from the Romney campaign reads Ricochet and this post in particular.  Well said sir.

  6. Dave Carter
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    dash: Let him build his own damn golf course. · 1 minute ago

    And then we can tell him he didn’t build that.  I like it!  

  7. dash
    Dave Carter

    dash: Let him build his own damn golf course. · 1 minute ago

    And then we can tell him he didn’t build that.  I like it!   · 0 minutes ago

    I was hoping you’d go there. You never disappoint.

  8. KC Mulville

    One thing I hope they discuss in the final debate, since it’s supposed to be the foreign policy debate, is what Obama thinks he’s doing about terrorists and terrorism. He’s a devoted critic of the two wars, and he couldn’t wait to end them, in victory or not.

    So, what is he doing instead?

    It’s a legitimate debate to wonder whether a conventional war is the smartest way to address terrorism. Fine. (I’m not too sure it is either.) But you can’t just do nothing. I’m perfectly happy to say that Iraq and Afghanistan were too costly, in every way, and that we’ve got to find another tactic to deal with Islamic militants who are trying to kill us. But doing nothing is not an option.

    What are we doing about Pakistan? We’re just looking the other way now. Frankly, I seriously doubt that there are secret improvements going on behind the scenes, because the Obama Gang spikes the football at every chance. If something good was happening, they’d be taking credit for it.

    What does Obama think he’s doing?

  9. WhyUS

    For when the nominal leader of the free world characterizes the coordinated attack and murder of an American Ambassador and his staff as, “a bump in the road,” or “not optimal,” he has departed the sweaty world of flesh, blood and death, and has fluttered up to the world of the perpetual faculty lounge where theories have no consequence.

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  10. Dave Carter
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    KC Mulville: … What are we doing about Pakistan? We’re just looking the other way now. Frankly, I seriously doubt that there are secret improvements going on behind the scenes, because the Obama Gang spikes the football at every chance. If something good was happening, they’d be taking credit for it.

    What does Obama think he’s doing? · 23 minutes ago

    Giving America its comeuppance.  

  11. Al Pipkin

    A truly excellent piece, Dave! Obama gained his so-called  foreign policy chops touring the world apologizing for America while pulling our military apart.

    Romney doesn’t have a very steep hill to climb in order to demonstrate to the American people his challenger’s fecklessness.

  12. DocJay

    A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism, the end of capitalism, feminized males, sharia law, open borders, the end of capitalism(I’m drunk so I’ll do that twice), military weakness, entitled losers, governmental control of nearly everything, and overall the end of what I considered America. A second Obama term virtually guarantees economic collapse and civil war. Only fools don’t see what he is capable of.

  13. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    Outstanding as always sir!  Decline is a choice.  We choose liberty, strength, honor and excellence.  That is why we will win.

  14. Peter Christofferson
    Dave Carter: “Why did he feel it necessary to say in hushed tones to Russian President Medvedev, when he thought the microphones were off, that, ‘After my election, I have more flexibility’?  Flexibility to do what, exactly?  The most transparent President in history won’t tell us.”

    Mr. Carter, in my fevered dreams, I conjure an image of Governor Romney turning to President Obama, looking him in the eye, and asking him exactly this question, in exactly this way.

    The time for playing defense is past. The time to attack the President mercilessly for his feckless, craven behavior on the world stage is right now. God willing, Romney sees this as clearly as you do.

    “De l’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace!”

  15. Trink

    The Sam Adams quote is the perfect plinth for your solid and stirring assessment of the peril we face and the man responsible for the darkening horizon.  

    Barack Hussein Obama would be a footnote in the history of failed presidential candidacies were it not for the fawning, shilling liberal media.

    It was and continues to be a dereliction of duty.  The future hangs in the balance.  If this doesn’t qualify as treason, what does?

  16. Dave Carter
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    DocJay: A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism, the end of capitalism, feminized males, sharia law, open borders, the end of capitalism(I’m drunk so I’ll do that twice), …

    Have one for me, will ya Doc?  I have to drive.  

  17. Blue State Blues
    DocJay: A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism, the end of capitalism, feminized males, sharia law, open borders, the end of capitalism(I’m drunk so I’ll do that twice), military weakness, entitled losers, governmental control of nearly everything, and overall the end of what I considered America. A second Obama term virtually guarantees economic collapse and civil war. Only fools don’t see what he is capable of. · 1 hour ago

    Pretty excellent summary for a drunk guy.  I’d add at least $5 trillion more debt with no end to the deficits in sight, replacement of the dollar (probably with the euro) as the world’s reserve currency, continued high unemployment, higher gas prices, and four more years without passing a budget (but you basically covered all that with economic collapse), a nuclear-armed Iran, continued weakening of missile defenses with no concessions from an increasingly belligerant Russia, and an increase in terrorist attacks against the USA.  And in 2016, he will still be blaming Bush.

    Other than that, no problems. 

  18. David Williamson
    Blue State Blues

    And in 2016, he will still be blaming Bush

    Hopefully in 2016 he will be blaming President Romney ;-O

  19. Eleanor

    I read your essay and thought, “Wow! Well stated.”

  20. Lumimies

    Well said Dave.  One thought however, on that final line from the Declaration of Independence, words once fittingly described to me as “the American Covenant.”  The men who signed that document weren’t the only ones who made that pledge, and entered that covenant.  All those who believed in and supported those words did as well, and every man, woman and child who has subsequently enjoyed the fruits of those commitments and those sacrifices right down to the present day has an obligation to do no less than likewise pledging our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to preserve an America built on the foundation of the principles set forth in the Declaration.