Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Brilliance from Michael Rubin

On Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" show with guest host Seth Liebsohn [Friday, July1], Michael Rubin was interviewed by Seth. 
Michael Rubin is not an ideologue. He is a brilliant historian who earned a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, and is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School.
You can tell from his statements that Rubin was willing to give president Obama a chance and the benefit of the doubt on the foreign policy issues of the day when he got elected. You can also tell he has become disenchanted with him over the last two and half years.

On the show Rubin gave some very interesting insights.
First, Rubin said that the difference between the left and the right on foreign policy issues is that the left despises the use of American power while the right feels that power can be used for good.

He also had two important insights about president Obama:
"We have in the White House someone who believes American power is something to be embarrased about.'  and  "President Obama substitutes moral equivalency for moral clarity."
That last statement I believe can be demonstrated early in his presidency.  The first trip he made was to Cairo to give his Muslim outreach speech [aka his, 'I love Muslims because they are the greatest people ever known to mankind' speech]  In that speech he gave one of the worst, and I would say sickening, examples of moral equivalency I have ever heard. Obama said that Jews suffered terribly in the Holocaust, on the other hand today Palestinians are suffering in Gaza .    To me that moral equivalency was immoral.

I, to this day, will never understand how that didn't initiate an outpouring of condemnation from the Jewish community. That also should have been an early warning sign on the lack of support Israel would receive from this administraion.
Since that time, there have been numerous moral equivalent 'on the other hands' from Obama.

Thank you Michael Rubin for your brilliance and moral clarity!  No moral equivalence from you, thank God.  


The Balladeer said...

Thank you, Michael, for another in a long line of excellent blogs!! Moral equivalency is one of the worst aspects of the liberal mind!! & Obama expresses it continually!!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Balladeer!