In a way that is so typical of Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee's much hyped speech in Berlin today sounded grand and important, but contained nothing but platitudes and leftist, and multicultural, rah-rah. What it really came down to, after a long history lesson on the Berlin Airlift, was Obama the messiah giving the world a giant pep talk.
Can we solve all the world's problems and bring utopia on earth?
Yes, we can!
Think I am joking about utopia? Sadly, I am not. Read on.Here is some of what Obama called the world to do:
- End racism, antisemitism, religious bigotry, class envy, and nationalism:
The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.
Build a world without nuclear weapons:
This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The two superpowers that faced each other across the wall of this city came too close too often to destroying all we have built and all that we love. With that wall gone, we need not stand idly by and watch the further spread of the deadly atom. It is time to secure all loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to reduce the arsenals from another era. This is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.
Bring a "new dawn" to the Middle East (Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).
Save the planet from global warming and thus stop flooding, storms and famines:
This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.
The only thing offensive about any of this stuff is the messianic language and the hyperbolic attempt to rally the world when you are a unaccomplished US Senator who was given the platform because you are running for president and the object of world wide media obsession.
This was not a serious speech by a serious person, but another attempt by Obama to seem important by giving a big speech on a grand stage. There is nothing in that speech that is meaningful, insightful, or useful. It is a an amalgamation of liberal idealism and arrogant do-goodism. It is an attempt to paint the world as in some kind of universal crisis so that Obama can claim the leadership role and the mantle of change not just in a presidential election cycle but worldwide.
I am sure speech will play well in Europe, whose devotion to idealistic Utopian schemes is well known, and among the liberal media, who faint every time Obama rises to speak. But I fail to see how it wins him any votes in the battleground state of the Midwest. And perhaps that is the silver lining.