For a country like American that storms into so many countries, demanding they toe the line by treating their people with humanity and respect, it’s rather mind blowing that its own people are forever divided themselves on matters that make absolutely no sense to many of its allies, including we Australians.
President Obama cannot stand by and do nothing in regards to this latest massacre in Connecticut. It’s crazy in every sense of the word that America can have such a voice on what is right and wrong around the world, yet fail so miserably every day on what’s right and wrong for their own people.
So guns? What exactly does Obama mean when he refers to ‘meaningful action’ needs to be taken as a result of this latest school tragedy? When reporters called his office to clarify this press conference line, apparently they didn’t even know. I doubt very much if he even knows but this is not good enough from a man who has been hailed as the great hope of a nation. Yes it’s a gig and a half but he enjoys the perks of adoration now he must endure the wrath of the gun lovers.
Barack Obama was immediately given the sort of respect and awe when he came into power that is usually given to historical saints who have already done something to be revered. He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 perhaps a little ahead of time, and even admitted he was “surprised” and “very humbled” at but promised to deliver in the future the makings of what this prize was about. Now is the time!.
Referring to some of his Nobel Peace Prize speech and applying it to the greatest challenge perhaps of his presidency, the de-programming of his people on their pro gun attitudes, Obama said “Even as we make difficult decisions about going to war, we must also think clearly about how we fight it.”
“Where force is necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in binding ourselves to certain rules of conduct. And even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe that the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength. That is why I prohibited torture. That is why I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America’s commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not just when it is easy, but when it is hard.”
The real war on America has always been its war on itself. Americans have killed more Americans in their own backyards than any Al Qaeda or other group. They should be spending more time at home sorting through their mess than they do doing the same elsewhere. It’s hard to have respect for a nation when there is clearly much to debate about their own people and their rights to firing a gun. They simply aren’t in a position to play the moral ruling card.
This attitude of ‘having to defend my home’ therefore I need a gun is a direct result of the messages that their government have programmed them to believe in. If those that are there to protect you are constantly reminding you about who is the enemy and that we need to get out there and defend ourselves, then no wonder so many Americans are ready for attack. Let’s remember too, there are more than a few that aren’t all that bright.
Yes mental health is an issue in America as it is here. But the real problem facing Obama is how to retrieve all the guns that we Australians would never dream of having in our homes. It may literally put him and his popularity in the line of fire, but that’s the sort of stuff that true hero’s are made of.