Steamboat Springs It will be most interesting to see the public's Election Day reaction to Sen. Obama's recent overseas trip. The mainstream media and academia are ecstatic the Europeans once more have the warm fuzzies for us as opposed to that mean old George W., who goes off half-cocked starting wars and threatening those harmless types such as Saddam, Kim Jong II and Achmadinejad. Can I hear a big "kumbaya" out there?
I would offer that Joe Citizen loses no sleep over whether we are loved by the likes of Putin, Brown, Merkel or even Sarkozy so long as we are respected, the only thing that really matters. I also will offer my own observation that in my travels of well over 100 countries, I have yet to meet any significant anti-Americanism that doesn't have its foundation in pure and simple envy. Virtually all would give their right arm to be able to come here.
But, there is another facet of this puzzle of which I believe most Americans are as yet unaware. Further, I think if they realized what the Democrats have in mind regarding our sovereignty, they would be aghast. The average citizen may not be able to innumerate the entire Bill of Rights, but he surely accepts them right down to the marrow in his bones. Freedoms of speech, religion, association, etc. are like the air we breathe. The thought that we may have to limit those to satisfy internationalist bodies would be completely unacceptable to him.
Sen. Obama's describing himself as a "citizen of the world" to adoring foreign audiences gives me the shivers! As Ronald Reagan often voiced, we are Americans and need to apologize to no one for believing this is the greatest country in the world. This has nothing to do with our military but everything to do with our traditions and values based on freedom. If we elect a president who believes we have no special place in the world, the transferring of much of our power will commence. And, rather than the community of nations adopting American liberties as the standard, it will be that America should conform to an average degree of freedom acceptable to the rest of the freedom-starved world. Scary thought.
Perhaps even more frightening is the specter of transferring to international organizations like the U.N. the ability to tax us, though in the beginning, it will seem ever so minuscule (kind of like the income tax in the U.S. which started out only directed at millionaires with a lid of 1 to 3 percent). I can just hear the speeches in Congress already, proclaiming that this "rich" country must do more for (fill in the blanks). We must remember that the power to tax is the power to destroy.
Make no mistake, should we allow this, the beginning of the end of our freedoms starts the countdown. And it will be couched in terms that seem compassionate and reasonable, such as Obama's recent attempt to pass the Global Poverty Act, which would mandate nearly 1 percent of our GNP to be turned over to the U.N. to distribute. Chump change? It begins with approximately $845,000,000. If you think we have a difficult time keeping our own politicians from spending our money, how about giving other countries some say so in it?
So, if Sen. McCain is smart, he will address this question to his fellow citizen: Do you feel more like a "citizen of the world" or a proud cheerleader for the good ole USA? Guess what my answer is :
Gary Hofmeister is the owner and operator of Hofmeister Personal Jewelers in downtown Steamboat, a company he founded in 1973. He is a director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado and a former Republican nominee for Congress in the 10th District of Indiana.